Ireland

Liam Ó Maonlaí of Hothouse Flowers entertained the gathering the launch of a graphic novel, as gaeilge, on the life of Polish Jesuit Stanislaw Kostka, published by Timire-FÁS.This unique novel is the result of the collaboration of Frank Brady SJ, editor of the Irish language spirituality magazine An Timire, and Prezemek Wysoglad. Prezemek is the author of the graphic novel Kostka, originally written in Polish and illustrating the life of Fr Stanislaw, patron saint of the novices, who died 450...
The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, on 5 December, called on the Minister for Justice to conduct an immediate investigation into why so many people in prison are sleeping on mattresses when the system is supposedly operating at 92-94% capacity.Eoin Carroll, Deputy Director of the Jesuit Centre, said: "The Minister for Justice must now instigate a review to find out why so many people are sleeping on mattresses when the prison estate is operating at 92-94% capacity. The Inspector of Prisons...
The Irish Jesuits organised a ‘Faith in the Modern World’ retreat for young people from all over Europe in preparation for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland at Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality, Dublin from 20 to 26 August 2018.The initiative helped the retreatants to discern how to follow the call to live a Christ-like life in an Ignatian way and in line with the papacy.Along with Irish Jesuits, presenters came from St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in...
With the visit of Pope Francis as its focus, the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Dublin has been a unique occasion for the Catholic world to celebrate families and their wonderfully rich and diverse contribution to society.In his homily given at Phoenix Park before a congregation of half a million people, the Pope said that one of the fruits of the WMOF would be for participants to return home “and become a source of encouragement for others”. He called on the congregation to bear witness...
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The collective mind-set in Ireland as the country prepares for Pope Francis’ visit to the World Meeting of Families is a fragile one. The consequences of a momentous vote in favour of repealing the 8th Amendment are being worked out, and the recent revelations about abuse in the USA have caused much discontent. Irish Jesuit Gerry O’Hanlon surveys the religious and political landscape in Ireland, and wonders how recent events might shape the future of the Church. How lies Ireland in the...
Ireland's first Jesuit bishop
The first Jesuit bishop to be based in Ireland  was ordained at the Cathedral of Saints and Columba in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, last Sunday.Bishop Alan McGuckian will lead the Catholic diocese of Raphoe.  During his ordination, Arcbishop Eamon Martin said that it was important to have conversations in Ireland about what defines a “good life” and “flourishing life”, not just for individuals but also for communities too.The archbishop also drew attention to the upcoming launch of the...
Fr Leonard Moloney SJ
The former Headmaster of Clongowes Wood College in Co. Kildare has been appointed as the new Jesuit Provincial in Ireland. Fr Leonard Moloney SJ (61) will replace Fr Tom Layden SJ who has been the Provincial of the Jesuits in Ireland since 2010. Fr Moloney’s appointment was announced by Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ at the 36th General Congregation that is taking place in Rome.Father Moloney served as Headmaster at Clongowes Wood College for almost 11 years. Originally from Limerick, he...
St Patrick
Parades, green clothing and Irish flags: even if you are not actively taking part in them, you will certainly come across celebrations of St Patrick’s Day on 17 March.  What do we know about the man who is best known as the Patron Saint of Ireland, and where can we find the Christian message in the midst of the shamrocks and pints of Guinness? On 17 March, people across the world will discover their long-forgotten Irish ancestry, or blithely ignore their lack of any relation to...