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Sacred Heart Church, Limerick – Where are we now?

Dermot Murray SJ gives the background to the closure of the Sacred Heart church in Limerick and he explains where things stand now, both with respect to the purchase of the property and to the continuing work of Jesuits in the city. Last April, Fr. John Dardis, S.J., Provincial, announced that Sacred Heart Church would close in June 2006. He ...

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Bethlehem calling

Charlotte Carson, UK coordinator of Open Bethlehem, explains the difficulties Bethlehem faces this Easter – both the physical obstacles which cut it off from Jerusalem and the lack of the tourist traffic on which it depends. Soon it will be springtime in Bethlehem. The Christian heart of the Middle East will be bathed in warm sunlight, wild flowers blooming in ...

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Two schools, two writers, one award

A Jesuit connection between Joyce and Beckett has been the premise for a literary award given out each year to a pupil from either Clongowes or Portora, explains Bruce Bradley. On Monday, April 3rd, the 19th annual Beckett-Joyce Literary Award was given out in Clongowes. The award was inaugurated in 1988 by the past pupil unions of Clongowes and Portora ...

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Irish girl comes second in JRS competition

The life of aged-out minors seeking asylum in Ireland by Hélène Hofman At 2pm on April the 18th 2006 at a prize-giving ceremony at the European Parliament, the Jesuit Refugee Service announced the winners of the competition for student journalists they have run across Europe. The winners, decided by a panel of professional journalists, are Kasper Tveden Jensen, studying in ...

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Rising son returns from East

Joe Mallin SJ, son of Commdt. Michael Mallin, who was executed for his role in the Easter Rising, has been invited to join dignitaries at the commemoration events this Easter. At 92, he is the only surviving child of any of the executed leaders, writes Dermot Roantree. Fr Joseph Mallin SJ, the last surviving child of an executed 1916 leader, ...

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Strange connections

April 11, 2006 Strange connections What has Tennessee Williams to do with the Jubilee Year? by Bernard McGuckian SJ Thomas Williams died on 23rd February 1983. He wasn’t Welsh as his name might suggest. He was American. Contrary to what you might expect he wasn’t born in Tennessee. He was born in Mississippi in the town of Columbus on March 26th,1911, to Cornelius Coffin Williams, a shoe salesman and his wife Edwina Dakins Williams, daughter of a line of Episcopalian clergymen. Religion, of one kind or another, ran in the family from way back. It was only as an adult that Thomas styled himself Tennessee

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A prayer mission for our times

The internet is a vast new continent, and Sacred Space represents a new kind of mission there, one which has attracted a huge and growing following, explains Dermot Roantree. In the days of St Francis Xavier it took weeks, or even months, to traverse the world in order to bring the message of God’s love. Nowadays, thanks to the internet, ...

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AMDG – A world is not enough

The December 2005 issue of AMDG carried a story, “You didn’t know Ignatius was Irish?” In it Paul Campbell told about the new film on the first Jesuits. You can order it from Loyola Productions. The December 2005 issue of AMDG carried a story, “You didn’t know Ignatius was Irish?” In it Paul Campbell told about the new film on ...

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The power of friendship

In the second and third of his articles on St Francis Xavier from The Messenger, Gerry Bourke explores the effect of the friendship of Ignatius Loyola and Peter Faber on Francis’ life. In our first article on the home life of Francis Xavier, we reflected on how his family environment prepared him to be a man well formed in the ...

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Never go back: a refugee’s story

Egide Dhala, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, describes his experience of arriving in Ireland as a refugee and registers his gratitude to the JRS for their help. Jesuit Missionaries are to be found all over the world today. There are Irish Jesuit missionaries in Zambia, Malawi, Hong Kong, Cambodia, East Africa, Paraguay, and Japan. But just as our missionaries ...

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