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The Novena at SFX

The Novena of Grace, March 4-12 each year, in honour of St Francis Xavier, still attracts.  Up to 1,900 people attended three daily sessions in Gardiner St church.  The numbers attending the 5.30 and 7.30 sessions were higher than before with a greater sprinkling of young people. Some were on their first novena, others on their eighty-fifth!  Mostly a north city ...

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On the air

Pat Coyle (pictured here), the manager of JCC, has been pulled into the public eye and ear and in turn has arranged air time for many others. She and Piaras Jackson SJ were talking about Lent on the RTE radio programme Spirit Moves. Joe Duffy invited her onto TV’s Spirit Level for a Mother’s Day programme. She interviewed Gerry O’Hanlon SJ ...

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Making links: spirituality and medicine

At the invitation of Dr. Jack Lambert, coordinator of  Professional Clinical Practice in the UCD School of Medicine and Consultant at the Mater Hospital, Fr. Paddy Carberry, S.J., Director of Manresa, gave an hour-long lecture to undergraduate medical students last Friday on the topic, ‘A Spiritual Perspective on Healthcare Today’. In his wide-ranging talk, Paddy challenged the students to work ...

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Entering the blogosphere

Fergus O’Donoghue SJ is continuing the work he does through Studies, the quarterly journal of which he is editor, by blogging daily on matters mostly related to Irish politics, culture and religion. His terse and thoughtful remarks on such issues as the recession, the Bishop of Cloyne, Michael Portillo on Christianity, and the Real IRA make valuable reading. Comments, of ...

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JESUITICA: A Jesuit with perspective

The most influential Jesuit painter was Brother Andrea Pozzo, who wrote a seminal book on perspective in painting and architecture (1693). It has gone into many editions, even into this century, and has been translated from the original Latin and Italian into numerous languages such as French, German, English and Chinese. However Pozzo is best known for his masterful applications ...

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Sex, Grace and Trinity

Edmond Grace SJ took part in what has been called a ‘Catholic sex’ debate in the Trinity College Philosophical Society. Among the speakers was Senator David Norris, and the session was chaired by Dervla Browne S.C. (both pictured here with Edmond). Both Dervla Browne and Edmond are former law lecturers at the National College of Ireland. The motion – ‘that ...

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The Crescent at 150

Crescent College Comprehensive S.J.  first opened its doors on 10th March, 1859, one hundred and fifty yeras ago. Early Jesuit schools existed in Limerick between 1565 and 1773. David Woulfe S.J., a native of Limerick, who came as the Pope’s envoy to Ireland in 1561, set up the first such school. His cousin, a Jesuit scholastic, Edmund Daniel (alias O’Donnell) ...

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JESUITICA: A costly Jesuit clock

Parts of a water clock fountain designed by Jesuit missionaries have been sold in Paris for €28,000,000 and are triggering a row between Christie’s auction house and China. The two bronze fountain-heads were part of a dozen heads from the Chinese Zodiac, and they marked the time by spouting water. They were looted from the Beijing Summer Palace by British/French ...

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Happy Birthday, Sacred Space

Ash Wednesday, 25 February, marks the tenth anniversary of Sacred Space, the online prayer website set up by the Jesuit Communication Centre in Leeson Street. It has been a phenomenal success. Today it is available in nearly twenty different languages, and up to 20,000 unique visitors come to the site every weekday. In more recent years it has extended beyond ...

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President receives Japanese students

President Mary McAleese gave generously of her time and attention this week to a group of students from the Jesuit Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. Accompanied by two Jesuits, Donal Doyle and Mike Milward, the students are currently on a visit to Ireland as part of their Irish Studies course. The trip is designed to give context and to add ...

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