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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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New principal for Crescent

Dermot Cowhey is stepping down after five years as headmaster of the Crescent Comprehensive, Limerick. Nicholas Cuddihy, current principal of St. Dominic’s College in Dublin, has been appointed to take over at the beginning of the new academic year. Mr. Cuddihy from Dublin, has a degree in Theology and a masters in Educational Management and Leadership. Mr. Cowhey welcomed the ...

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Capuchin for Gardiner Street Novena

This year’s Gardiner Street Sacred Heart Novena will be given by the Capuchin priest, Séan Donohoe OFM. The Novena runs from May 22-30. Weekday times are 11am and 7.30pm; Saturday at 12 noon and 7.00pm; Sunday at 11am and 3.30pm. The Novena Prayer will be read, and a period of quiet meditation will follow the Mass. Prayer is offered especially ...

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Tertians host new Nuncio

The European Tertianship in Dublin was the venue for the visit of the new Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, on Monday evening, May 12. The Irish Provincial, John Dardis SJ joined the international group of Tertians for the reception in Manresa house. During the evening, five of the Tertians shared aspects of their respective provinces with the Nuncio. Hailing from ...

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