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Jesuit has last word on Ahern’s departure

Outgoing Taoiseach Bertie Ahern concluded his final Dáil session with a quote from the Jesuit writer, Fr John Sullivan. Mr Ahern urged that life be taken “in instalments” and that each day be a new beginning: “Let the past go. Now let me do whatever I have the power to do.” Mr Ahern has been a regular attendee at services ...

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Francis Xavier’s head

Work is currently underway to renovate the statues on the roof of Gardiner St Church, particularly to solve the problem of the headless St Francis Xavier! Donal Neary SJ, the Parish Priest, commented that only two people during the last four years have noticed this rather strange looking statue. The shaky hand of the Sacred Heart will also be repaired, ...

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Gospel Choir Easter Monday broadcast

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir is featured on RTE Radio 1 on Easter Monday, March 24, at 9pm. The award-winning and hugely popular choir was recorded live in Gardiner Street Church on Thursday 13 March for RTE’s ‘In Concert’ programme. More than a regular concert, it features songs and the spoken reflections that echo the Easter themes. Entitled ‘Mourning, Loss, ...

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Gardiner Street garden prayer

Prayer and reflection on the events of Holy Thursday will take place in the garden of Gardiner St Church, starting at 8.45pm on Holy Thursday evening. Scripture readings and hymns will accompany reflection on the agony, arrest, betrayal and imprisonment of Jesus. The prayer will last about an hour. Entrance to the garden is through the church. Other Holy Week ...

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Saint Francis Xavier Novena of Grace

The Novena of Grace of Saint Francis Xavier began in many churches in Dublin and around the country on 4 March and continues until 12 March. Jesuit priests will be preaching at some of the venues in Dublin, Galway and Limerick. The novena in the Church of St Francis Xavier in the Jesuit-run parish of Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, will ...

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Work experience for Jesuit novices

Two novices, Eddie Cosgrove from Ireland (pictured) and Phil Harrison from Britain, are currently in Dublin on work placements. Eddie is working in Gardiner Street and Slí Eile, while Phil is working with the JUST project in Ballymun. Along with the other first-year novices, they finished their month-long Spiritual Exercises retreat two weeks ago. The two second-year novices, Wouter Blesgraaf ...

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Garnered from Gardiner Street

The opening chapter of RTE broadcaster Aidan Mathews’ new book, In the Poorer Quarters, begins with memories of the Jesuit church in Gardiner Street, Dublin. This sets the tone for a man seriously engaging with modern faith issues in the context of a tradition. The book, written by the former Gonzaga student, is based on his RTE radio programme of ...

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Evie Hone windows relocated to Gardiner Street

Brendan McManus reports on the five Evie Hone windows originally in University Hall which will be presented formally in the Ignatian Room, Gardiner Street, on Sunday, 1 October. Five Evie Hone stained glass windows, relocated from the former student residency, University Hall, will be unveiled in the Ignatian Room, St. Francis Xavier Church, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin 1.Sunday, 1st Oct. ...

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Jubilee year off to a great start

The Jubilee Year celebrations for St Francis Xavier began last Saturday with an impressive and well-attended Mass in Gardiner Street. Pat Coyle describes the atmosphere and the highlights. St Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner St. looked beautiful for the Jubilee Mass to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Saint on Saturday, 3rd November, his feast day. Hundreds of candles flickered all ...

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