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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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New Indian Province created

  Jesuit work flourishes in India A new Jesuit province was created last December in Delhi, India, bringing the number of Jesuit provinces in the Indian subcontinent to twenty. There are over 3,800 Jesuits working in the entire subcontinent, and 1,363 of these are preparing for the priesthood. Many of these Jesuits are themselves missionaries – men from Kerala, in ...

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Working with lepers

St Francis Xavier was a frequent visitor to a house for lepers when he was in Goa. Now another Jesuit, Fr Luis Ruiz, in spite of his great age, works to alleviate the sufferings of thousands of lepers in mainland China. Saint Francis Xavier never made it to mainland China, dying within sight of that country on the island of ...

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If Francis were with us today

Patrick Carberry SJ reflects what St Francis Xavier has meant to him in the past and means for him now, and he imagines what the saint would have to say to the people of today. Ever since I first heard about St. Francis Xavier as a child, I’ve been totally in awe of him: his courage, his tenacity, his vision, ...

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Exchanging worldly for missionary ambition

A bare-bone summary of the fascinating and eventful life of one of Christianity’s greatest saints, St Francis Xavier, a life with a profound message and a long legacy. 2006 is the five-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Saint Francis Xavier, generally regarded as the greatest Christian missionary since St Paul. He was born into a noble family in Javier, Northern ...

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Telling the Liberian story

Former Crescent pupil Liam Ó Cathasaigh prepares to go to Liberia with Colm Quinn to shoot a film about the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service there. This project is financed by the Irish Province as part of the Saint Francis Xavier centenary year celebrations. For almost fifteen years the people of Liberia have known little more than war. Around ...

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