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So long, farewell, auf wiedersehn, goodbye

Conall Fitzgerald, outgoing School Captain in Belvedere, looks back on his six “unforgettable years” of secondary school, his veritable “home from home”. Reverend Fathers, Headmaster, Esteemed Members of the teaching staff, ladies and gentlemen, fellow students of Rhetoric 2006: We have come to the end of our time as students of Belvedere. It is time for us to move on. ...

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Celebrating the past, looking with hope to the future

In his address to the congregation at the farewell Mass in Limerick, the Irish Provincial, John Dardis SJ, finds reason to celebrate and honour the many Jesuits who have ministered in the church over the past 140 years. Bishop Murray, Mayor Leddin, my fellow Jesuits, friends of the Sacred Heart Church here in Limerick. We are here to mark in ...

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Sacred Heart Church in Limerick closes

Almost a thousand people attended the farewell Mass of the Jesuits in the Sacred Heart Church, Limerick. It was a milestone event in the long history of the Jesuits in that city – the end of one era and the beginning of another, writes Dermot Roantree. More than 900 people turned out for a farewell Mass in the Sacred Heart ...

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Living among the poor, listening to their silence

Mary Stokes spent a year as a Jesuit volunteer among the socially deprived people of the Ballymun flats in north Dublin. She reflects on the unsung heroes she met there, people who have helped to give a voice to the poor. Poverty is…on the barren soils of a far away continent…coins in a paper cup on street corner…in an empty ...

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Sunny Sudan surprise!

Katherine Butterly had her eyes opened wide by her experience of working with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Sudan for a year. Life is hard in the Sudan, but the Sudanese are a hardy people. Hi, I’m Katherine Butterly from rainy Rathmines. I recently returned from a year with Jesuit Refugee Service in sunny Sudan. It was the best of ...

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Slí Eile Easter experience in Clongowes Wood

Breda Lannigan remembers a truly meaningful Easter with Slí Eile in Clongowes. Going to the Slí Eile Easter Experience, she says, is like “going home for a family reunion”. It’s Thursday evening, and the last group arrives. It has been a long day for most, coming from all corners of Ireland. This year was particularly special for me, after four ...

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Singing Gospel behind bars

Anne Hallahan of the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir remembers the choir’s experience of singing two Masses in Wheatfield Prison. They went down well with the inmates, though they thought it wise to leave “If you love someone, set them free” off the playlist. Wheatfield prison to sing at the prisoners’ Mass. We, the choir, had been asked many times to ...

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3R Productions relaunched as RNN

3R Productions, founded by John Dardis in 1990 as a news syndication service of religious and social affairs, was relaunched by Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, on May 18, as Religious News Network. Religious News Network (RNN), a news syndication service of religious and social affairs, was launched by veteran sports broadcaster Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, on Thursday 18th May in the Jesuit ...

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Relics of St. Claude la Colombière come to Ireland

The Jesuit community at Paray-le-Monial is making the relics of Saint Claude la Colombière available to Irish dioceses. St Claude was the spiritual director of St Margaret Mary, recipient of the great revelations of the Sacred Heart, writes Bernard McGuckian SJ. This summer marks the occasion of two important anniversaries in the history of Sacred Heart devotion in the Church. ...

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Belvedere honours Jesuits with hand-written book

Belvedere has presented the Irish Province with an extraordinary book – a record of all Jesuits who have served in the school since its foundation in 1832. The book was crafted with the finest materials and the records were written up in beautiful calligraphy. Jesuit Provincial Fr. John Dardis was presented with a hand-written manuscript by the Board of Management ...

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