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Young Scientists

What do young scientists look like? Here is a sample from this year’s exhibition in the RDS. Clongowes is proud of Henry Glass (pictured here with Taoiseach Brian Cowen), whose individual project won the runner-up overall prize for the second year running.  A young Gonzagan won the Science Foundation award, and four of his colleagues were highly commended. Thomas Breen ...

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World Day of Migrants

‘Floods of refugees’, ‘waves of migrants’, ‘immigration flow’… In an incisive article for World Day of Migrants and Refugees (18 January), Eugene Quinn, director of JRS Ireland, identifies a dehumanising tendency in our use of such “hydraulic metaphors”. “It is as if refugees and migrants are a wave that might drown us,” he writes. Taking his cue from the Pope’s ...

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John Dunne SJ RIP

Fr John Dunne SJ died peacefully at 10:30 am on the morning of 27 December 2008, the Feast of John the Evangelist. He was commended to the Lord by the prayers of his sister, Anne, Jesuit colleagues and nursing staff. John is deeply regretted by his loving sister, Anne, S.C., and his nieces and nephew, his brother-in-law, Shora, sister-in-law, Breda, ...

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Spirituality for a time of bewilderment

Theologian Gerry O’Hanlon SJ works at the Centre for Faith and Justice, and lives in a corporation estate in Cherry Orchard, at the far end of Ballyfermot. He sees the signs of change this Christmas in the housefront decorations. The recession is kicking in and many people are left bewildered by the rapidity and the intensity of the change. There ...

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Tributes for Avery Cardinal Dulles SJ

Tributes from around the world have been paid to the late Avery Dulles SJ, one of the world’s most renowned Jesuits and a Cardinal since 2001. He died at 9am on Friday Dec 12th, aged 90. Cardinal Dulles was the most distinguished theologian the Church in the United State has produced, and he was the first American theologian to be named ...

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Taking to the road

Inspired by the example of the early Jesuits, two of the staff of Slí Eile, Padraig Swan, director, and Noelle Fitzpatrick, took off recently on a ‘pilgrimage experiment’. What this entails – as Jesuit novices well know – is spending some time on the road, without bags or baggage, completely reliant on the kindness of strangers. It is a valuable ...

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Examining underbelly of Celtic Tiger

At a time when it seems that the grand edifice of Western capitalism is in conflagration, it is apt that the Winter 2008 volume of the Jesuit journal Studies should be devoted to ‘Burning issues’. Indeed, in his editorial Fergus O’Donoghue SJ makes explicit the correlation between economic prosperity and social problems. “When the Celtic Tiger was roaring,” he writes, ...

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Jesuits on the Chinese mission remembered

A wealth of colourful anecdotes adorns the recently published book by Todd Morrissey SJ on the first 80 years of the Irish Jesuit mission to China. The 800-page book, Jesuits in Hong Kong, South China and Beyond: Irish Jesuit mission – its development 1926-2006, was financed and promoted by the Past Students Association of the Wah Yan colleges in Hong ...

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Angles on Hugh O’Flaherty

Jesuit Archives and Todd Morrissey SJ helped TnaG make a documentary on Mgr Hugh O’Flaherty, the extrarodinary Kerry-born, Mungret-educated priest who saved the lives of thousands of Jews and Allied prisoners from the Nazis. Our picture shows him as a senior apostolic (he was already a qualified teacher) in the 1919 Mungret Annual. His obituary, in the 1964 annual, is ...

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CFJ: advocate for women offenders

Tony O’Riordan SJ was quoted by the Irish Examiner for his advocacy of non-custodial alternatives to prison for women offenders. Using the JCFJ’s research into female prisoners, he pointed out that more than three quarters of them are being punished for ‘non-serious offences’, and are imprisoned for six months or less. “If, as is planned, the number of prison spaces ...

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