- Sean Coughlan SJ has spent an active priestly life in Hong Kong. When he recently visited Crescent, his old school, he was pictured in front of the foundation stone of the school (1971) which incorporated a foundation stone from an earlier (1642) Limerick Jesuit school. In Sean’s time, sixty years ago, there were just 200 pupils, all boys, yet they won the Munster Senior Schools Rugby cup in his last year.
- Peter McVerry SJ took issue with Dublin’s Lord Mayor over a proposed ban on begging in the city. Ban professional beggars by all means, said Peter; but the state’s economic downturn has forced many onto the streets who may have to wait weeks to begin receiving social welfare payments: “It’s better for them to be begging than robbing.”
- Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice have launched a new Facebook page: if you have a Facebook account, why not check out the page and ‘Like’ it.
- In a short series of talks on Tuesday evenings in Manresa (5, 12, 19 October), Gerry O’Hanlon SJ will suggest that the key to the profound renewal to which the Church is being urgently called today is already available to us in the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. The series comes under the title ‘A new vision for our Church’. According to Gerry, Vatican II opens up a vision of the Church that is at once faithful to our deepest traditions and capable of responding to the challenges of our contemporary world. See Manresa’s website.
- Belvedere College students feature in a new two-part series on RTE One TV (Tuesdays 28 September and 5 October at 10.15pm), The Home, helping residents of St Monica’s Nursing Home through their Log-On-Learn programme.
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28-29 September: Visitation of Cherryfield