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Coláiste Iognáid students retreat to sea

With the help of a number of Colaiste Iognaid teachers, Brendan McManus SJ began the school retreat programme last week. Each class in the school has a day away at a retreat centre run by the Sisters of the Asumption in Inverin, Co. Galway. The Ignatian-style retreats work with the students’ self awareness, their desires and goals for life, and ...

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Artwork for Tertianship building

A bronze and glass sculpture which was commissioned for the Tertianship building in Manresa was unveiled and blessed on Monday, 22 September, by John Dardis SJ. The artist is Corkman Eoin Turner. He was approached by Joe Dargan SJ and asked to design a sculpture which would be inspired by the motif of the Blessed Trinity, especially as seen in ...

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Personnel changes at Slí Eile

Gerry Clarke SJ is giving up his Slí Eile duties in order to work with the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He leaves for Africa on 17 October. Gerry will be based in Goma, in eastern Congo, where the JRS works mainly at organising educational activities in camps for refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). While ...

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“Is religion dangerous?” – public lecture

The question to which the third public lecture of Studies Quarterly Review and The Iona Institute will be addressed is ‘Is religion dangerous?’ This is the title of one of the books written by the guest lecturer, Professor Keith Ward, and will form the premise for his remarks at the event on Thursday 2 October in the Davenport Hotel, Dublin ...

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Seventy years a Jesuit

Fr Kevin Laheen SJ celebrated seventy years as a Jesuit on Sept 16, with his family, friends and Jesuit community in Leeson St, Dublin 2.  Born on Feb 18, 1919 he has lived and continues to live a full and generous life. Many of his years as a Jesuit were spent giving missions all over Ireland as well as overseas.  ...

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Short notices

Gerry Clarke SJ will celebrate his last Gardiner St Mass at 7.30pm on 28 September, as he is moving to the Democratic Republic of Congo on 17 October. Slí Eile are having a farewell gathering for Gerry afterwards – light refreshments from 8.30pm in The Belvedere Hotel Great Denmark St. Fr Ciary Quirke SJ will lead six reflective evenings to ...

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JRS Ireland welcomes new faces

Two new staff members have recently taken up their posts with JRS Ireland. Rory Halpin SJ (pictured right) has arrived in Limerick, and is looking forward to the challenge of assisting asylum seekers in the city and the surrounding area. And in the Dublin office, Elizabeth O’Rourke has begun her work as Integration Officer. Her role is to develop integration ...

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Short notices

President Mary McAleese, who will be conferred with a HDCL (Canon Law) in Milltown next month, has invited her former lecturer, Michael O’Sullivan (pictured right), to join the Forum she is hosting on October 1st to highlight the issue of “Domestic and Sexual Abuse against women and men, including older people in Ireland.” Unfortunately on that day Michael willl be ...

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Volunteers begin JVC experience

Two young and enthusiastic volunteers have just moved into Ballymun for nine months of simple living and full-time voluntary service, in a programme of social analysis and reflection inspired by Jesuit spirituality. Edel O’Donnell from Glasnevin is a former member of the Ballymun Gospel Choir. Majella Moloney, educated at Crescent College Comprehensive, has just returned from the Jesuit Magis Programme ...

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Faith and politics in Venice

Edmond Grace’s focus on politics and faith brought him to Venice for a week-long reflection on the topic, together with twenty-six young adults – the photo shows them outside San Marco. They came from Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Poland; the event was organised through a network of Jesuit centres around Europe, including the Manresa Spirituality Centre in Dollymount. ...

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