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Quiet revolution

The hallowed offices of the Sacred Heart Messenger, 37 Lr Leeson Street, have seen a quiet revolution in the last two months. Readers will have admired the new design which John Looby introduced last January. Since then Ken Rue has taken over as Accounts Manager, and Triona McKee as General and Marketing Manager. Both come with considerable experience in the ...

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IMRS relaunched as Misean Cara

The Irish Missionary Resource Service (IMRS) was recently relaunched as Misean Cara. The subtitle is “Mission Support from Ireland”. This new name indicates a shift of emphasis, from Irish missionaries bringing the faith out to peoples, to Irish support for the indigenous churches of formerly missionary countries, which are now themselves the source of missionary effort. The rebranding was marked ...

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Fun continues on JRS Ireland’s Summer Programme

A Family Fun Day will be held in Mountjoy Square Park on Thursday 24 July for the families of asylum seekers who are participating in JRS Ireland’s Summer Programme. The programme has been running since July 10 and has catered in many and varied ways for Dublin-based asylum seekers and their families. There have been twice-weekly swimming sessions for the ...

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Master of Emo

Cholmeley Dering Harrison, who died in Emo on 18 July, had a long association with Irish Jesuits, beginning with his 1969 purchase (for £42,500!) of Emo and its huge walled estate. Though he was unhappy with some of the alterations made to adapt the place for a noviciate, he recognised that we had rescued the magnificent house and estate from ...

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Miscellaneous

John Dardis is in Rome, after a heavy weekend mastering Moodle (see story above), and briefing Fr Stephen Buckland SJ, the Zimbabwean-born Jesuit (pictured here with John) who will take over as Zimbabwean Provincial on 30 July. Mass in Gardiner Street church for the feast of St Ignatius Loyola, on Thursday 31 July, will be at 11 a.m., with a ...

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Walking with saints

Walking 400 miles in 6 weeks, on a budget of £4 a day for food and accommodation, Eddie Cosgrove, a Jesuit novice from the Irish Province, together with Kensy Joseph of the British Province, have just completed their pilgrimage experiment in Britain. Retracing the footsteps of the Northern Saints, including St Columcille, St Aidan, St Cuthbert and St Hilda, they ...

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Moodling

Moodle, as every schoolboy knows, stands for Modular Organic Online Dynamic Learning Environment. To moodle also means to meander, wander about aimlessly. But there was nothing aimless about the day spent by the Provincial and some twenty of his more boffiny brethren and sisters in Belvedere on 18th July. A large Brummie (native of Birmingham) called Luke Sweeney, with the ...

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Meeting CLC President

The World President of Christian Life Communities (CLC), Daniela Frank, visited Ireland on Sunday 13 July on NGO business, and took the opportunity to meet members of the Irish National Community. Six members of the Executive Committee, including the Irish delegation who will attend the World Assembly in Fatima from 11 to 24 August, met Daniela over lunch. CLC is ...

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Belvedere: change and preservation

Paul Andrews SJ introduced a special meeting of the North Great George’s Street Preservation Society in Belvedere on 8 July: Good evening, North Great George’s Street Preservation Society. Preservation is about continuity with the past, and energy for the present – and I think money comes into it somewhere. Linking energy with continuity is not always easy.

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Publicity for Peter

Patrick Costello, reviewing Peter McVerry’s new book (Jesus, Social Revolutionary? ) in the Irish Catholic, writes of Peter’s career “from a young priest in the community to one of the most vocal social critics in Ireland today”. In the next three weeks Peter will be promoting the book in Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny and Naas, including a debate with someone who ...

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