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We remember in our prayer

Fr Tony Farren, facing an operation in a Galway hospital Br Joe Osborne, in hospital recovering from an operation The sick in Cherryfield

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5 million pray as they go

Downloads from Pray-as-you-go, the podcast website of the British Province of the Jesuits, passed the 5 million mark recently. According to SJ, the Province newsletter, the average number of downloads per day in the first week of March was over 14,000. Each day, Pray-as-you-go offers an audio file, with prayer and music, to help busy people to reflect while on ...

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New beginnings on Inis Oírr

Eleven young adults were on Inis Oírr in Galway Bay for the Easter Triduum as part of a joint initiative between Slí Eile and the Galway Spirituality Centre. This pilot retreat on the theme of “new beginnings” involved a pilgrimage to different sites on the island, a dawn resurrection mass, and group reflections. A poem from John O’Donohue’s Benedictus was ...

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Kierkegaard and celibacy

Irish Jesuit Tom Casey, professor of philosophy in the Gregorian University in Rome, writes in this month’s Pastoral Review about ‘Learning about celibacy from a Lutheran’. The Lutheran in question is Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), the Danish philosopher who prepared the path for theistic existentialism. Fr Casey’s article provides a fascinating account of Kierkegaard’s asceticism and understanding of faith. And this ...

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Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of St. Ignatius Loyola

Irish pilgrimages to the parts of Spain associated with St. Ignatius Loyola are comparatively rare, so there was a pioneering spirit when eighteen pilgrims from the Irish Province’s Education Sector departed from Dublin for Bilbao on 13th March. Four teachers were from Colaiste Iognaid, Galway, with an equal number from Crescent College Comprehensive, Limerick. There were five representatives of Clongowes ...

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Prayer courses at Manresa

Manresa is holding a series of evenings of ‘Praying with scripture’ in April and May. They will take place between 7.30 and 9.00pm on every Tuesday from 1 April to 6 May and will be directed by Fr Ciary Quirke SJ. And, between autumn 2008 and spring 2009, Manresa will host a residential course on ‘Deepening Faith and Prayer’ over ...

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Carl’s Rhythm of the Dance Anniversary

Colaiste Iognaid’s music teacher, Carl Hession, was the composer for the ‘Rhythm of the Dance‘, the Irish music and dance show, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in Dollywood, Tennessee. Carl, who has been in the school since 1980, is currently regarded as one of traditional Irish music’s “finest accompanist, composers and arrangers“. Along with renowned fiddler, Frankie Gavin, Carl ...

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Clongowes immersed in Lesotho

Thirteen fifth year Clongowes students and four staff flew out on 23 March for the Second African Immersion Experience in Lesotho. Their main focus will be working for the Malealea Development Trust, a community based organisation that empowers people through participatory development and education projects. The Clongowes group will also work closely with the Irish Embassy there, involving them in ...

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Jesuit schools rugby sweep

Jesuit schools in Leinster were the winners of the three major schools rugby competitions this year. Belvedere College won the Leinster schools Senior rugby cup, Clongowes Wood College won the Leinster schools Junior rugby cup, and Gonzaga college won the Vinnie Murray Cup. The Clongowes Senior team also reached the semi-final of the Leinster senior cup and Gonzaga college Junior ...

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Gospel Choir Easter Monday broadcast

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir is featured on RTE Radio 1 on Easter Monday, March 24, at 9pm. The award-winning and hugely popular choir was recorded live in Gardiner Street Church on Thursday 13 March for RTE’s ‘In Concert’ programme. More than a regular concert, it features songs and the spoken reflections that echo the Easter themes. Entitled ‘Mourning, Loss, ...

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