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Irish Jesuits and colleagues

Des O’Grady SJ

Des was born in Dublin on the 8th September, 1941, and entered the Jesuit noviceship at Emo Park, Co. Laois in 1959. After the noviceship he followed the usual course of Jesuit studies. He took a degree in experimental physics in UCD in 1965, after which he studied philosophy in St. Louis University, St Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. When Des completed his ...

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Dermot Mansfield SJ

Dermot Mansfield, born 1946 in Cobh, joined the Jesuit novitiate at Emo in 1963. He had spent many of his school years at Portarlington. A short retreat in the Christian Brothers secondary school there, during Holy Week 1961, led to a sense of vocation. It had been given by a Jesuit from nearby Emo. A very important experience was the ...

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Brendan Staunton SJ

Brendan Staunton was ordained in 1976. He is now Chaplain in the Pro-Cathedral. Before that he was Chaplain in St Vincent’s Private Hospital. So the pastoral field is now his care and concern after seasons and times teaching in Belvedere and Gonzaga and in the School of Psychotherapy in St Vincent’s Hospital, from which he also graduated with an MSc ...

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Brian O’Leary SJ

Brian O’Leary hails from Wexford. After secondary schooling at Crescent College in Limerick he entered the Jesuits in 1954 and was ordained in 1969. He was then missioned to study spirituality at the Gregorian University in Rome. For his doctorate he researched the Memoriale or spiritual journal of St. Pierre Favre, the first companion of St. Ignatius. This work completed, ...

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Gerry Whelan SJ

Gerard Whelan SJ

Gerry Whelan was born in 1959. He grew up in Dublin, and attended primary school with the De La Salle brothers and secondary school at Gonzaga College, run by the Jesuits. Major interests at this time included Rugby, sailing, and being a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, where he visited the elderly. He studied business and economics ...

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John Callanan SJ

John Callanan SJ

John Callanan S.J. was born in Dublin and educated at Belvedere College. He became very interested in different styles of meditation after attending a number of workshops given by the noted Indian Jesuit, Fr Anthony de Mello. This led to his writing four books on the insights and prayer style of Tony de Mello and he regularly gives retreats and ...

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Michael McGuckian SJ

Michael McGuckian SJ

Michael McGuckian, from Cloughmills, Co. Antrim, was born on January 1st 1946, attended the diocesan seminary of St MacNissi and did a degree in Applied Mathematics at Queen’s University Belfast before joining the Society in 1967. He is one of three brothers in the Province, the others being Barney and Alan. After formation, Michael first worked as Director of the ...

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Paddy Tyrrell SJ

Paddy Tyrrell SJ

Fr. Paddy Tyrrell was born in Cabra, Dublin, on 14th November, 1933. He was 5th in a family of seven. The family lived in a corporation house, one of the earliest of the new government’s plan to house people from the slums. His name is on the first page of the Baptismal Register in the Church of Christ the King, ...

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Brendan McManus SJ

Brendan McManus’ love of walking and pilgrimage comes from being raised on a farm in Lisnaskea, in Northern Ireland. After studying psychology and I.T. at university, he worked in the UK’s computer industry as an interface designer with Hewlett Packard. The desolation he felt with the ‘yuppie’ way of life forced him to resign and subsequently join the Jesuits in ...

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Pat Coyle

Pat Coyle first cooked, then lectured and now communicates for the Jesuits. She cooked for them during the summer of her final year at University College Dublin where she studied English and Philosophy. She lectured for them during her post graduate studied in Philosophy, in the Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology. And in 2005 she took up the post ...

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