While in Prague, Provincial John Dardis met Josef Horehled SJ, who, with the backing of Irish Province funds, is doing marvellous work in the Nativity school in Decin, north Bohemia. Josef is well remembered in Milltown and Mulvey Park from the years when he studied here. Nativity schools across the Jesuit world provide a unique, faith-based education that breaks the cycle of poverty in underserved communities.
Mungret veterans feel a special link with the late Vincent O’Brien, who attended the college from 1930-32, and who died on 1 June. He was regarded as the greatest horse trainer of all time, and in 2003 was voted by far the greatest figure in the history of racing, having achieved hat-tricks in the Aintree Grand National, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Champion Hurdles, then going on to forty-five years of successes on the flat.
Working Notes, from the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, has an informed and upbeat focus on reform of the Irish health system, starting from the principle: “Never let a good crisis go to waste”.
Manresa Centre of Spirituality has just published its Programme of Events: September 2009 – August 2010. It can be accessed and downloaded from the website www.manresa.ie.