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Zambian school project gets grant boost

On 25 April, the Irish Missionary Resource Service approved the grant application of Jesuit Missions for €43,000 to finish building a primary school in a Jesuit parish in the Matero township in Lusaka, Zambia. There are many children in Matero who have not been able to attend school, thanks largely to HIV/AIDS and to general poverty. To remedy this situation, ...

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Irish contribution to AIDS report

The African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN) has published its first report about Jesuit initiatives to fight the AIDS across the continent and includes a contribution from Michael J. Kelly SJ. Spanning AJAN’s first five years, the 76 page report covers the full spectrum of initiatives including pastoral ministry, HIV care and support, value-based education, communications, and publishing. The report includes ...

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Take your best shot!

Company, the well-known American Jesuit magazine, is advertising its sixth Photo Contest. They are looking for “great Jesuit-related shots” – photos “that offer a glimpse of the Jesuit world”. If you think you’ve caught a magic moment and want to enter the competition, email [email protected] Photos must be submitted by 21 May, and the winning shots will be published in ...

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Tertianship back in gear

After three months of dispersion in different placements, the Jesuit Tertians are back in Dublin. It’s European character is very much to the fore with several Provincials and some Tertian family members visiting. Recent Provincials visiting their charges include Fr. Janos Lucas from Hungary and Fr. Jan Dacok from Slovakia. Members of Zibi Leczkowski’s and Ludger Hillebrand’s families also came ...

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Reviewing spirituality

Michael O’Sullivan SJ has recently completed his blind peer reviews of 44 paper proposals by scholars working in the field of spirituality as an academic discipline. Michael and the other members of the Steering Committee of the Christian Spirituality Study Group had to choose 12 papers for presentation at the American Academy of Religion Convention in Chicago in November of ...

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Spirituality on the up

Milltown Institute’s programmes in Applied Spirituality are consistently the most subscribed postgraduate courses. The External Examiner for the programmes last year, Peter Tyler from St. Mary’s University College, London, emphasised that they are the only ones of their kind in Britain and Ireland. Traditionally the domain of religious and priests, they now attract professionals in the fields of medicine, social ...

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Fundraiser for Zambia project

Raquel Martins who is a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Community (JVC) in Ballymun, is having a fund-raiser on the 30th of April at 7pm. To raise funds for this year’s Slí Eile trip to Zambia, she is hosting a dance night in the Floridita Club, Life Irish Mall, on Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1. The evening, which runs from ...

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Prayer promoter spreads message

Claudio Barriga SJ, director of the Apostleship of Prayer, is spending some days in Ireland this week. Based in Rome, he is here to help promote a long-standing method of prayer through a form of the Spiritual Exercises. He was hosted by John Looby SJ, editor of the Irish Messenger, which promotes the mission of the Apostleship of Prayer through ...

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Broadening student horizons

Six University College Dublin (UCD) students have just finished a two month work experience in several projects within the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice (JCFJ). The projects included developing a marketing plan for the Centre’s publication and online resource: ‘Towards a Directory of Irish Criminological Research’, and a study of factors that help ex-prisoners stay out of prison. The ...

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Peter McVerry book launch

Bishop Willie Walsh and journalist Vincent Browne will launch Peter McVerry SJ’s latest book Jesus: Social Revolutionary? The launch will take place next Tuesday April 29, hosted by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice. According to the author, in the context of an Ireland that has become unbelievably rich but where many feel uncomfortable at the levels of homelessness ...

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