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The Irish Province in Arrupe’s time

October 31, 2007 The Irish Province in Arrupe’s time by Louis McRedmond From Chapter 7 of To the Greater Glory: A History of the Irish Jesuits by Louis McRedmond (Gill and Macmillan, Dublin, 1991) Another factor in the evolution of Gonzaga was the growing discomfiture of Jesuits - young Jesuits in particular - with providing quality education for the relatively better-off who could afford to pay for it. (1) This reflected the influence of the Second Vatican Council, which met from 1962 to 1965 and effected so powerful a change in the mind of the Catholic Church. One could say that its implications have still to be fully worked out in ecclesiastical thinking and

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Great charm, deep spirituality

October 31, 2007 Great charm, deep spirituality Pedro Arrupe (1907-1991) by Todd Morrissey SJ Pedro Arrupe was born in 1907 in Bilbao in the Basque region of Spain. He studied medicine at the University of Madrid, but he entered the Jesuits in 1927 before completing his studies. After the Spanish republican government outlawed the Jesuits in 1931, he pursued his philosophical and theological studies in Belgium and the Netherlands. In 1936 he was ordained and sent to the United States for doctoral studies in medical ethics, but three years later he was unexpectedly sent as a missionary to Japan. Even then he was known as a man of great charm and deep

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Why Mass should be called Mass, not Eucharist or Liturgy

Some Catholics tend to play down the term ‘Mass’ in favour of ‘Liturgy’ or ‘Eucharist’. Paul Andrews regrets this tendency. ‘Mass’, he argues, is more consonant with the culture of Catholics at large — and ultimately is more ecumenical. This is a dangerous operation. The last piece I wrote for AMDG led to a bombardment of the editor and the ...

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A difficult experience of priesthood

Shortly before he passed away, Des O’Brien SJ wrote for Spirituality, a Dominican publication, this affecting meditation on living as a priest while knowing that he had an inoperable condition. Having spent just under forty years working in Zambia as a missionary priest, I came home to Ireland in September 2005 on three months scheduled leave to discover I had ...

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Great vision, great people

The National College of Ireland (NCI) celebrated its Jesuit heritage on September 20th with the launch of a book on the college’s history and a permanent exhibition. Irish Provincial, John Dardis SJ, spoke at the event. The National College of Ireland (NCI) celebrated its Jesuit heritage on September 20th with the launch of a book on the college’s history and ...

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Renewing a friendship between art and spirituality

At the recent Arts and Spirituality seminar in Manresa, Michael Paul Gallagher drew attention to our need to re-negotiate our self-understanding constantly, and to the role of narrative, of story-telling, in this endeavour. ‘Renewing a Friendship Between Art and Spirituality’ is an urgent theme in recent years, and has a particular relevance to our contemporary culture. I will attempt to ...

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Addressing moments of transcendence

At Manresa’s Arts and Spirituality seminar in August, writer and director Peter Sheridan spoke about how his understanding of both art and the spirit were greatly influenced by the tragic death of his brother, Frankie. The death of my brother Frankie in 1967 was always going to be the defining chapter in the book. He died on the 17th of ...

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Celebrating 400 years of the Irish College, Louvain

This year the 400th anniversary of the foundation of St Anthony’s College, the Irish Franciscan College in Louvain, is celebrated. Brian Mac Cuarta was in Louvain for the occasion. From the Louvain celebration website: St Anthony’s College, the Irish Franciscan College in Louvain was founded in May 1607 by Florence Conry, Irish Franciscan, theologian and aide to Red Hugh O’Donnell. ...

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