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The Arrupe vision in action

November 8, 2007 The Arrupe vision in action Pedro Arrupe and the Jesuit Refugee Service by Mark Raper SJ Just four days before his cerebral stroke, in August 1981, I met Fr Arrupe in Manila. In that encounter the diminutive Father General was flanked by two tall members of his staff: Michael Campbell-Johnston his Secretary for Social Justice, with whom he had been working to set up Jesuit Refugee Service, and Bob Rush, his assistant for East Asia. Clearly they had briefed him for this meeting. Fr Arrupe then asked me to work for Jesuit Refugee Service in Asia. Within a few days he was rendered speechless and confined to the

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Bringing justice to the world

October 31, 2007 Bringing justice to the world by Peter McVerry SJ Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ is considered by many Jesuits, myself included, to be the “second founder” of the Society of Jesus. Like our original founder, St. Ignatius, he too was from the Basque country in Spain. Trained as a medical doctor, he worked in Japan and was there when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. This experience had a profound effect on him. It revealed to him that the dignity and value of each human being was no longer universally valued in our world and instilled in him a great desire to bring justice to our world

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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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