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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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Paddy Lydon announces his retirement from the Jes.

Paddy Lydon will end a fifty-two year association with Coláiste Iognáid, Galway, when he retires later this year from his position as principal. Mr. Pádhraic (Paddy) Lydon, Principal of Coláiste Iognáid, Galway has announced to the Board of Management that he intends to resign as Principal, effective from November 5th 2007. His departure will, for him, mark the end of ...

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Happiness and the inner self

Below is an edited version of a talk to the ‘Happiness and Its Causes’ Conference, given in Sydney on June 15, 2007, by Clive Hamilton. The original may be found on the Eureka Street website. Eureka Street is a magazine produced by the Australian Jesuit province. We all want to live a happy life. But what do we think of ...

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What hope for faith in the new Ireland?

Michael Paul Gallagher SJ spoke to almost 400 priests at a recent Dublin Diocesan conference. He explored such issues as changes in Irish culture, the challenge of post-modernism, and the “languages of faith”. The title of my presentation for the Dublin priests was “After a cultural revolution, what hope for faith?”, and I described it more as an evocation than ...

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Democracy and happiness – a good kind of warfare

by Edmond Grace SJ Appendix II: Warfare and Spirituality Peace cannot be sustained by the shrill denunciation of those who resort to armed violence and certainly not by a supercilious disregard of those who love military life. We place peace in danger if we underestimate the power of warfare to seduce young men, in particular, and if we fail to ...

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