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Devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Irish experience

Dr Louise Fuller, Research Fellow at NUI, Maynooth, charts the history of devotion to the Sacred Heart in Ireland. This article is re-published with permission from Intercom, May 2008. Devotion to the Sacred Heart has a long history dating back to the medieval period in the Church, but the development and popularity of the devotion in modern times dates from ...

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Paul Miki: Japanese samurai and Christian martyr

March 16, 2007 Paul Miki: Japanese samurai and Christian martyr by Mgr. Denis O’Callaghan With changes in the liturgical calendar in recent years many feastdays of obscure saints no longer rate a mention. Philomena was no longer considered a personal name. It is an adjective with the general meaning of "loved by the Lord". Then the presenting of St. George as Patron of England does not have any hard evidence of a saint of that name. Whatever about other feastdays the liturgy continues to venerate on 5th February the martyrdom of St Paul Miki and his twenty-five companions crucified at Nagasaki, Japan in 1597. Many of us may well feel mystified

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The Jesuits: God’s ‘secret agents’!

Brendan McManus SJ reviews a recent book about the Jesuits in 16th and 17th century Britain, a book which goes a long way towards rebutting the pejorative fictions about Jesuit priests which have abounded for centuries. The word “Jesuitical”, typically used in a pejorative sense, aptly applies to the vision of the Jesuits portrayed in Alice Hogge’s God’s Secret Agents.

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Fr John Hayes: a Jesuit at war

November 29, 2006 Fr John Hayes: a Jesuit at war New book relates story of WWII Jesuit hero by Patrick McNamara John Hayes, the son of Michael and Agnes Hayes (nee Lyons), 21 Ascot Terrace, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick was born on 15th February 1909. His early education by the Jesuits at The Crescent College in the city was to be an introduction to the priestly life. He joined the Jesuits at St. Stanislaus College, Tullabeg where he started his novitiate in 1925. From 1934 until 1936 he taught as a scholastic at Belvedere College, Dublin. In 1936 he went on to study theology at Milltown Park, Dublin

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Strange connections

April 11, 2006 Strange connections What has Tennessee Williams to do with the Jubilee Year? by Bernard McGuckian SJ Thomas Williams died on 23rd February 1983. He wasn’t Welsh as his name might suggest. He was American. Contrary to what you might expect he wasn’t born in Tennessee. He was born in Mississippi in the town of Columbus on March 26th,1911, to Cornelius Coffin Williams, a shoe salesman and his wife Edwina Dakins Williams, daughter of a line of Episcopalian clergymen. Religion, of one kind or another, ran in the family from way back. It was only as an adult that Thomas styled himself Tennessee

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