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Praying with the electors

The GC35 webpage has a prayer corner which is worth visiting. A video on the page combines the text of a prayer with the music of the Veni Creator. From the prayer: Lord, during this congregation, may we be attentive to the voice of the Spirit. Grant us the gift of discernment and the desire to serve the Church. Strengthen ...

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Murmurings in Rome

In the America Magazine blog, ‘In All Things’, James Martin SJ explains the wisdom of having days for murmurationes before casting votes for a new Superior General: St. Ignatius was adamant about removing as many temptations as possible for Jesuits to seek leadership positions in the church, since he had seen what ambition did to some of the churchmen of ...

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Congregation on TV

You can find an interesting news piece on the opening of the General Congregation on the website of a Rome-based Catholic internet TV service, ROMEreports (click here). It includes footage of the opening ceremony and some clips from an interview with Jesuit spokesman José María de Vera SJ.

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The odd search result

Searching the internet for Jesuit and Congregation turns up mostly expected results. It was a surprise to find the arresting headline, Three more police killed in Ireland: shooting outsite Dublin church. The report went on to describe how women and children were hurt when the congregation in Gardiner Street stampeded.

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Fr Kolvenbach resigns

The Jesuit America Magazine is one publication that quotes the outgoing Father General: “With the blessing of the Holy Father granted the 20th of June 2005 and after having obtained a positive vote from the Assistants for provident care and from the Provincials of the whole Society on the seriousness of the reasons to resign, I present now to the ...

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Worrying time in Kenya

Violence in Kenya in recent weeks has already taken more than 600 lives, and it is feared that the situation may worsen in coming days. John Guiney SJ, who spent many years working with the Jesuit Refugee Service in East Africa, has been corresponding with his colleagues there. From Elias Omondi SJ, Director of the Hakimani Faith and Justice centre ...

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Sports history conference

Boston College-Ireland, a branch of the Jesuits’ Boston College, is holding a one-day conference on Sports History at their Dublin campus on St Stephen’s Green next February 16. Most of the papers relate to Irish sports history, covering such topics as ‘DeValera and sport’, ‘GAA and Soccer in Donegal, 1884-1914’ and ‘The Cork City GAA, Civil Disobedience and the Public ...

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Encountering the Creator

Heythrop College is running a five-day Jesuit Theology School in Ushaw College, Durham, for Jesuits and their co-workers from the British and Irish Provinces. It runs from Tuesday 25 March to Saturday 29 March. At the heart of the School is a plenary course on ‘Encountering the Creator’, led by Guy Consolmagno SJ. There are also many elective courses, all ...

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GC35 photographs

A number of photographs by Wisconsin Jesuit Don Doll have been made available to Jesuit publications. In some of them, the Irish Electors, John Dardis and Jim Corkery, can be seen at their places as the Congregation begins a session with a prayer at which two of the Dublin-based tertians assist.

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From French Polisher to Roman Secretary

An interview with Christy Murray on Nov, 10, 2005 First published in Interfuse Interfuse: I was amazed when I found out that you were born in 1912 – on February 29! You are one of those special people. Christy Murray: Yes. A birthday only every four years. That’s why you have lived so long, probably! Sure you’re only 23 years ...

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