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Straight paths for Belvederian boys

gardiner_01Gardiner Street’s parish priest Donal Neary works with Belvedere Religion teacher Helen Barden in lending variety to her 5th Year class. Donal introduced the boys to Ignatian Spirituality in the church. He showed paintings of the early years of the Jesuits, and explained Ignatian slogans and principles like ‘For the greater glory of God’, ‘Finding God in all things’. The boys studied the missionary outreach of St Francis Xavier to Japan and  the East, as well as the mission of two of the first Jesuits to Ireland. The excellent singing of ‘Straight Paths’ (a new hymn in honour of St Francis Xavier composed by Mr David O’Hanlon of the Belvedere Music staff). ‘Jesus Lamb of God’ and the Belvedere favourite, ‘Only in God’ gave a great lift and life to the 11 a.m. weekday Mass.