I Arise Today

Posted on 03. Sep, 2020 in Uncategorized

The words “I Arise Today” from the prayer of St. Patrick are very powerful.  They portray an enthusiasm and a vibrancy that is designed to reignite and energise Christianity.  They were the words chosen as the title of a conference looking at how modern Christianity can have new life breathed into it.  In this piece […]

Meeting Family Needs

Posted on 27. Aug, 2020 in Uncategorized

In this piece from the archive, from 2012, we hear from Fr Peter Henriot SJ is an American Jesuit and political scientist who has been working in Zambia and Malawi for the last 20 years. In Zambia he worked in the Jesuit Centre for Theological reflection which  -not as it name would suggest -actually had […]

The Addict

Posted on 06. Aug, 2020 in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Uncategorized

In 1965 Sr. Consilio founded Cuan Mhuire in Athy Co. Kildare to help those struggling with addictions.  She attributes the success of the centre, not to anything she did, but to the support received from Our Lady.  After her presentation at a recent conference on Addiction in the Jesuit Manresa Centre in Dublin, she told […]

Redemption Road

Posted on 23. Apr, 2020 in Achievement, Book Reviews, Charity, Uncategorized

Struggling to come to terms with his brother’s suicide, Jesuit priest Brendan McManus decides to walk the Camino de Santiago, where he undergoes a transformative journey of rebirth and renewal that moves through grief and anger to hope and acceptance. He seeks understanding in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, […]

Sustainable Development Goals

Posted on 28. Sep, 2017 in Uncategorized

Monday 25th September marked the second anniversary of the historic signing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) provide a universal framework, with 17 goals and 169 targets, aimed at fundamentally changing the way all countries work towards ending extreme poverty, hunger and tackling climate change. Suzanne Keatinge, CEO of Dóchas […]

Refugees at Christmas

Posted on 22. Dec, 2016 in Uncategorized

The original story of Christmas was one of refugees fleeing danger and being turned away from every door. A story which unfortunately continues today. John Guiney, director of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and former Jesuit Refugee Services Regional Director for East Africa, has spent years working with refugees around the world. He […]

Ireland Shed a Tear?

Posted on 03. Nov, 2016 in Community, Death, Discrimination, Family, Uncategorized

Ireland Shed a Tear is a play by Michael Collins looking at the fallout of the tragedy of Carrickmines. He said that initially the outpouring of grief and support suggested that there would be a real public examination of how travellers are treated in society. But he now observes that things quickly went back to […]

Broadcasting for the Soul

Posted on 20. Oct, 2016 in Uncategorized

The Radharc awards were presented on November 20th in Stillorgan. The awards are presented every two years to the producers of television documentaries of outstanding quality, that address national or international topics of social justice, history, morality and faith. There is an additional award for similar short documentaries produced for digital media. Over 40 entries […]

Creating new Communities

Posted on 22. Sep, 2016 in Uncategorized

Margaret Wheatley is an American writer and management consultant who studies organisational behaviour. She was thrown into the public spotlight in 1992 with the publication of Leadership and the New Science, a groundbreaking look at how new discoveries in quantum physics, chaos theory, and biology challenge our standard ways of thinking in organisations. It showed how our reliance […]

Sr Stan on St Teresa

Posted on 15. Sep, 2016 in Uncategorized

On Sept 4th, Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who devoted her life to helping India’s poor, was declared a saint in a canonisation Mass held by Pope Francis in the Vatican. Long before her canonisation, many people already saw her as a saint and she was affectionately known as the “saint of the gutters”. Sr […]