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Jesuit assesses new Ireland at youth festival

“The atmosphere is great – it’s like Mayo’s answer to the Oxegen music festival.” So said Ann Lee, the Youth Ministry Director at Knock Shrine, talking about the Knock Summer Youth Festival, attended this year by nearly 1,000 young people from all over Ireland. And it wasn’t all fun and games. Many of the participants turned up to hear Michael ...

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IMRS relaunched as Misean Cara

The Irish Missionary Resource Service (IMRS) was recently relaunched as Misean Cara. The subtitle is “Mission Support from Ireland”. This new name indicates a shift of emphasis, from Irish missionaries bringing the faith out to peoples, to Irish support for the indigenous churches of formerly missionary countries, which are now themselves the source of missionary effort. The rebranding was marked ...

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Launch of JCFJ’s Oireachtas Watch

On Wednesday 9 July, in Buswells Hotel, An Ceann Comhairle John O’Donoghue TD formally launched the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice’s ‘Oireachtas Watch’ website. (www.jcfj.ie/pqs) This initiative contains a database of Written Parliamentary Questions asked of the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform in the 30th Dáil. JCFJ Communications Intern, Lena Jacobs, who has developed the site gave ...

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JCFJ keeps tabs on justice and reform

An Ceann Comhairle, John O’Donoghue, will launch the Jesuit Centre of Faith and Justice’s web-based Oireachtas Watch service. The launch will take place on Wednesday 9 July at 7.00pm in Buswell’s Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. Oireachtas Watch is an internet database of answers to written parliamentary questions asked of the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform in the ...

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Slí Eile volunteers go far and wide

After ten months of preparation, more than 30 young adults are setting off across the world on Slí Eile volunteer programmes. One group will leave on 2 July for St Ann’s Jesuit Parish, Kingston, Jamaica – an inaugural event for Slí Eile, which has never run programmes there before. On 4 July, another group will head off for Lusaka, Zambia, ...

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New Jesuit General debunks ‘black pope’ myth

In an exclusive interview given recently to the editors of Jesuit journals, Father Adolfo Nicolás, the new Superior General of the Society of Jesus, was questioned about the challenges now facing the Church, the Society and him personally. In this first of three parts published in the British Jesuit journal, Thinking Faith, Fr Nicolás talks of his surprise at his ...

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The churches and education

The summer 2008 issue of Studies, the Irish Jesuit quarterly review, addresses a series of matters relating to Irish education. Under the title ‘Educating ourselves’, it carries articles about Catholic schools, intercultural education, professional ethics in teaching, and religious values in education. In his editorial, Fergus O’Donoghue SJ notes that the benefits of the churches having a role in Irish ...

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Reading Ignatius’ diary

Dr. Terence O’Reilly addressed the Milltown Summer School on Ignatian Spirituality on Tuesday 17 June, on the theme of Ignatius’ spiritual diary. Based in University College Cork’s Department of Hispanic Studies, he lectures in 16th & 17th century Spanish literature. The other lecturers on St. Ignatius in the Summer School were Brian Grogan SJ, Brendan Comerford SJ, Ray Moloney SJ, ...

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Ballymun choir does gig for Simon

The Ballymun Gospel Choir and Band is scheduled to perform at a special event to highlight the plight of homeless people and the work of the Dublin Simon Community. It will take place at St Anne’s Church, Dawson Street, on Saturday 14 June at 8.00pm. Dublin Simon offers homeless people a ‘continuum of care’, from soup runs and emergency shelter ...

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JCFJ give evidence to Oireachtas Joint Committee

On Wednesday last, the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice (JCFJ) gave evidence to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice in relation to a planning motion for the new prison at Thornton Hall. JCFJ Director, Fr Tony O’Riordan told members of the Committee of TDs and Senators, that the new prison, with a design capacity of 2,220 prisoners, was a ...

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