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Modras and Ignatian spirituality for today

In a series of seminars in Dublin last weekend, Professor Ronald Modras spoke about the humanistic perspective of Ignatian spirituality and what this can contribute to contemporary life – to the world of education and to the business environment. On Friday 23 May he spoke in Manresa about great Jesuits whose conversations had a transformative impact on those who heard ...

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Ronald Modras: Conversations that Change Lives

Below is the text of Professor Ronald Modras’s address at Manresa, the Jesuit House of Spirituality in Clontarf, on Friday 23 May 2008. Thank you for the kind introduction and for the warm Irish welcome and hospitality. I remember my first visit to Ireland 30 years ago, in 1978, with Mary Elizabeth, my wife, and our two mothers. On the ...

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Expert calls for wiser policy on women and prison

In her keynote speech at the Women in Prison seminar on 22 May, Baroness Jean Corston urged Ireland not to make the same mistakes Britain did in the matter of women and criminal justice. Community sanctions, she argued, should be the norm for women offenders, and prison sentences should be reserved for serious or violent offenders. As author of the ...

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Second year for S. Africa Challenge

Gerry Clarke SJ is heading up this summer’s Slí Eile S. Africa Challenge, aimed mainly at graduating students from Jesuit Schools. The project, now in its second year, is based in a rural township of KwaZulu-Natal and involves the Irish volunteers building a community health clinic, and teaching basic computers skills and English. The first group of volunteers from Clongowes ...

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Devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Irish experience

Dr Louise Fuller, Research Fellow at NUI, Maynooth, charts the history of devotion to the Sacred Heart in Ireland. This article is re-published with permission from Intercom, May 2008. Devotion to the Sacred Heart has a long history dating back to the medieval period in the Church, but the development and popularity of the devotion in modern times dates from ...

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Celebrating Community Links

Community Links, a project of the Jesuit Refugee Service, has been officially wound down after six years of promoting the integration of immigrant communities in Dublin’s inner city. On Thursday 15 May, a celebratory event was held in Belvedere College. For the last three years, Ruth Diaz Ufano has always been mentioned in the same breath as Community Links. Much ...

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End of scholastics’ year

Ireland is host to a number of international Jesuit students (scholastics), studying mainly post-graduate theology courses in Milltown Institute, who are returning home for the summer. The John Sullivan community hosted the annual barbeque to mark the end of the academic year on 14 May. Around 30 attended from Milltown, Loyola, Leinster Road and Gardiner Street. Many of the scholastics ...

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Public lecture on Ignatian education

Ronald Modras, Professor of Theology at St Louis University, will be principal speaker at a public seminar on Transforming Education at the National College of Ireland (Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 1) on Saturday 24 May at 11.00am. Professor Modras’ theme will be ‘Ignatian Humanism‘, based on his book of the same title: Ignatian Humanism: a Dynamic Spirituality for the 21st ...

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Belvedere Union outreach to homeless

Belvedere Social Services (BSS), set up by Belvedere Union with the assistance of Peter McVerry SJ, is now in its twelfth year. It provides sheltered accommodation and individual care to homeless men, aged between 17 and 21, helping them make the transition to independent living through the provision of after-care support. [Photo: Ivan Hammond, director; Tanya Blyth, manager; Brendan O’Leary, ...

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Desire to go deeper

A limited number of places are left on Manresa’s on Deepening Faith and Prayer course; it is residential and held over six weekends from September 2008. It is designed for those who wish to make time and space to meet God, to develop new ways of praying the Scriptures, to deepen their Christian faith, and to learn to recognise where ...

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