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JESUITICA: Moon-gazers

“That orbèd maiden with white fire laden, whom mortals call the Moon” has at least 35 craters named after Jesuit astronomers. And one of the earliest maps of the moon’s surface (pictured here) appeared in Almagestum novum, the work of two Jesuits, Giambattista Riccioli and Francesco Grimaldi. A large copy of that map adorns the Moon exhibition in the Smithsonian. ...

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JRS seminar on asylum procedure

Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland hosted an internal seminar in Milltown Park on 17 June. Senior policymakers from the Department of Justice –  Mr. Joe Keaney of the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner, Ms. Rhea Bohan of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services, and Ms. Maria Cassidy – gave presentations on the current asylum procedure and changes in the process for ...

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Mid-summer mission

On 21 June, 32 volunteers, who are travelling abroad with Sli Eile for some of their international programmes, were missioned by the Gardiner Street Congregation while the choir sang its last Mass before the summer break. That was the climax of a day’s celebration of the young adults who come through the doors of 20 Upper Gardener Street throughout the year. ...

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Cardinal launches MacGreil Survey

Micheál MacGréil opted for an internal launch of his report on religious attitudes in the Republic 2007-2008. John Cooney, who has always been fair to Micheál, gave the survey a headline in the Irish Independent: “95% of us still believe there is a God”. The sixty or so who gathered for the launch in Maynooth on 10 June included the ...

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Issues in Alicante

Michael Gallagher SJ, the Ecclesiastical Assistant (EA) for the Irish Christian Life Community (CLC), has just returned from a European Assembly – some 70 delegates from 17 countries – in Alicante, Spain. The Jesuit EAs arrived a day early, to clarify the central issue of Commitment: what does CLC commitment (less clear-cut, more nuanced than Religious vows) mean for a ...

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Overlooked in Irish History

The Summer number of Studies has appeared, on the theme: Overlooked in Irish History. The basket of the overlooked holds two women (Nagle and Hayden), four men (Redmond, Sheehan, McCullough and Hobson), and two groups (Southern Unionists and Protestant identities). Because these were people of principle and some nobility, their vision has weathered the years surprisingly well. Earlier editors of ...

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Pentecost in the Sudan

In his latest missive from the Sudan, Richard O’Dwyer SJ describes his efforts to engage the services of a US group which is committed to low-capital technology in farming. He was looking for training courses for oxen drivers! Also, once again he takes to the rough terrain outside Lobone, in a bid to reach a remote mountain community in Lomarati to ...

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Students become teachers

A very successful project which had Transition Year students in Clongowes teaching English to asylum seekers concluded on 19 May with a Fun Day. The project was a joint-initiative of Clongowes and JRS Ireland, and entailed the students providing one-to-one tuition to the asylum seekers residing in the Eyre Powell Hostel in Newbridge. The Fun Day involved a barbecue, face-painting, ...

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Traditions meet

On Tuesday 12 May, at 7.30 p.m. in Gardiner Street Ignatian Room, Bertie Ahern TD launched Where two traditions meet: John Sullivan SJ, by Todd Morrissey SJ. Bertie came to Gardiner Street as an affectionate parishioner with memories of making visits to the shrine in the church. He was eloquent in his special way, warm, simple and in touch with ...

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Boys for others

Clongowes 4th year (Transition Year) students were busy helping out collecting for the Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Medical & Research Foundation at the weekend. All the volunteers said that it was something that they were happy to do and it was a worthwhile cause which Clongowes had long been associated with and would continue to be associated with in ...

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