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From ‘Sir’ with love

Five hundred people turned up in Croagh Park on Wednesday 1 April to enjoy an evening with Sir Alex Ferguson and raise funds for the Belvedere Social Integration Scheme. The SIS covers the costs of secondary school education for boys not otherwise in a position to attend.  The Manchester United manager gave his time (and wonderful anecdotes and insights from down the years) ...

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Lisburn Churches come together

More than thirty lay people and clergy from the Church of Ireland, the Methodists, the Presbyterians, the Catholic parish, and the Plymouth Brethren in Lisburn, Co Antrim, have been on a five-week programme of getting to know and understand each other better. Michael Bingham SJ, a member of the Portadown Jesuit community, was one of three facilitators from the churches ...

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JESUITICA: A brilliant botanist

Georg Kamel (1661-1706), a Moravian Jesuit, worked as a missionary-pharmacist in the Philippines, and would send newly discovered plant specimens back to Europe to be studied and classified. The great Carl Linnaeus, in recognition of Kamel’s contribution to botany, named the camellia after him. And as the plant from which tea leaves are taken is of the camellia genus (Camellia ...

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Making waves

The Milltown Institute MA in Applied Christian Spirituality has been running long enough to become the largest postgraduate course in spirituality in the country, and to make waves both far (Nigeria, Zambia, Poland, Birmingham) and near. Graduate Annetta Maguire is teaching a 10-week course: “An introduction to Christian mysticism” in the School of Philosophy, Northumberland Road. Carol Milton, who came ...

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Karl Rahner 1904-1984

On 30 March UCD held a seminar in Newman House to mark the 25 years that have passed since Karl Rahner slipped into what he had called “the colossal silent emptiness of death”, and beyond that into the mystery of the ineffable God. He was the greatest Jesuit theologian of the 20th century. His bibliography contains some 4000 titles, material ...

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Parish retreat in Manresa

Forty parishoners from Gardiner St and Iona Road parish spent a Lenten ‘time-out’ day in the Manresa Centre for Spirituality on Saturday March 29th. It was a time of meditation and reflection on the theme of ‘Death and Resurrection’, with two inputs from Pat Coyle of the Jesuit Communication Centre. Music and liturgy was organised by Fr Donal Neary SJ, ...

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Our Guy in Cork

Brother Guy Consolmagno, Curator of Meteorites at the Vatican Observatory, will speak at the Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork, on 29 and 30 March at 2.30 p.m., as part of the Lifelong Learning Festival. Guy, born in Detroit, USA, is a research astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory. When he entered the Jesuits in 1989 aged 37, he had ...

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Two backs and a flanker

TV-watchers in Clongowes and Dooradoyle watched Ireland’s rugby triumph in Cardiff last weekend with particular interest. Gordon D’Arcy and Robert Kearney learned their rugby in Clongowes; David Wallace learned his in Crescent College Comprehensive. Their creative breaks, and fierce, fearless tackling, were a feature of Ireland’s Grand Slam victory. All three are pictured here, left to right: D’Arcy, Wallace, Kearney.

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Another way to God

Mary Hanafin, Minister for Social and Family Affairs, joined the enthusiastic crowd who packed Glasthule Parish Centre for the launch of Sr Maureen McMahon’s “Reflections on Irish Art”, a selection of her articles in the Messenger. Many of them were her pupils from the days when she ran the High Loft, the biggest art school in Dublin. There was a ...

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Raising funds the hard way

Padraig Swan is pushing himself all the way in an effort to raise funds for the projects of Slí Eile, the Jesuit outreach to young adults. On 11 April, Easter Saturday, he will join more than 25,000 other runners in the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon, a 56 kilometre run (35 miles) which begins and ends in Cape Town, South Africa. ...

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