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A Pope resigns

On the edge of Syria

Another Fr Browne gem

Senan dies

Rocking the pews in Moyross

Catholic Schools Week in Crescent

Mourning Fr Ken McCabe

Feature Story
Re-thinking the papacy

Jesuitica
The greatest Finlay

Short Notices
Around the Province

Forthcoming events

We remember in our prayers
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Editorial

We have waited several centuries for a Pope to resign. Benedict’s startling decision has triggered a range of reactions, not least from Irish Jesuits, as illustrated below by Jim Corkery and Peter McVerry, and in the feature article by Gerry O’Hanlon, a former Provincial Superior. His article grows from his academic mastery of theological sources, and his unusual capacity to reflect theologically on the daily lives and situation of his neighbours in Ballyfermot.

 
Re-thinking the papacy
"We have become accustomed to speak of the 'Supreme Pontiff', of a 'monarchical-style' papacy, of Roman ‘hands-on’ intervention world-wide. But it was not always so and need not be so". So writes Jesuit theologian Gerry O'Hanlon in an article on the papacy published in the Irish Times on Tuesday, 19 February.
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News
 
A Pope resigns
Jesuits Jim Corkery and Peter McVerry were among the many contributors to radio and television coverage in the wake of the historic decision by Pope Benedict XVI to resign from office at the end of the month. He took the world by surprise with his statement on the morning of Monday, 12 February.
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On the edge of Syria

"An alarming increase of refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria has been noticed in neighbouring countries Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. The total number of Syrian refugees registered by the UN is 525,465 and rising." Fr. Gerard Clarke, of the JRS rapid response team in Beirut, sends another harrowing dispatch from the borders of war-torn Syria.

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Another Fr Browne gem
Fr Browne's Kerry is the latest offering of Eddie O'Donnell, the Jesuit who discovered the 40.000 negatives of photos taken by the now famous Irish photographer throughout his life. There are over a hundred photos in this latest book, all from Co Kerry and, not surprisingly, all very beautiful.
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Senan dies
Fr Senan Timoney died unexpectedly and quietly on 13 February. At the age of 85 he could look back on a life in four provinces, having quartered his years neatly between Galway, Limerick, Dublin and the North. As he had covered Ireland in his residences, he covered many of the Province’s houses and ministries with distinction:
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Rocking the pews in Moyross
On the first Sunday of Lent, the RTE TV Mass was sung by the Gospel choir of Moyross, Limerick, where Jesuit Tony O’Riordan is parish priest. Together with Jude Meaney he founded the choir last year, and it goes from strength to strength, living up to its name: Heart and Soul.
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Catholic Schools Week in Crescent
Fr. Provincial's visit to Crescent College coincided with Catholic Schools Week, when Conall Ó Cuinn gave presentations to several groups of students. Conall was struck by the relaxed calm of a large school community, and the mutual respect evident in the relations between pupils and staff. It was a week when the Church pays tribute to all the work done in the handing on of the Faith in Catholic Schools.
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Mourning Fr Ken McCabe

Fr. Ken McCabe (Westminster Diocese) died peacefully on the evening of Wednesday, February 6th. In recent years, a series of strokes left Ken struggling with severe health issues. Since 2010, he received wonderful nursing care from the team in Cherryfield Lodge. He had an unusual history, as Kevin O'Higgins recounts.

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Jesuitica
 
The greatest Finlay
As Irish Jesuits grow fewer, we tend to look back at our great men. In the last two hundred years, none has been greater than Fr Tom Finlay. He was described by the historian Lecky, no friend of the Church, as the most universally respected man in Ireland. Sir Horace Plunkett, his collaborator for more than forty years, called him the kindest and most loyal of friends.
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Short Notices
 
Around the Province
  • Mary McAleese, who earned a Master’s degree in Canon Law at the Milltown Institute while she was Ireland’s President, and continued her studies in Rome’s Gregorian University, is to move to USA later this year to become visiting professor at yet another Jesuit institution, Boston College.
  • The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice has two available internships. One as campaign, communications and information inten, and the other as a policy and research intern. Details can be found at http://www.activelink.ie/node/11659 and http://www.activelink.ie/node/11660
  • After the sell-out at its launch, The Man Called James Corboy – Cibinda is available in a second printing (price €10 including p & p); contact mission@jesuit.ie or 01 8366509.
  • For the first time in over 60 years, the Australian Jesuit Province, which was founded from Ireland, has opened a new school – for aborigines. A dream two years in the making was realised when Redfern Jarjum College, in Sydney, opened its doors to 24 Indigenous primary-aged children.
  • Brian O’Leary, as an expert in Ignatian spirituality, was invited to attend a seminar in London this month, which focussed on the links between the spirituality departments of Centre Sèvres in Paris and Heythrop College. The twenty participants agreed on a concrete proposal to appoint a joint working-group from Heythrop and Centre Sèvres. Its remit would be to further the ideas that emerged during the seminar.
  • This year’s Leinster schools rugby competitions brought little joy to Jesuit schools. In the Junior Cup Gonzaga startled everyone by beating Terenure 10-0, and are now contesting the quarter-finals against Blackrock. Clongowes and Belvedere made early exits. In the Senior Cup only Clongowes made it through the first round. Belvedere and Gonzaga fell to two pre-competition favourites, Terenure and Blackrock respectively.

Forthcoming events
  • Friday 22 – Sunday 24 February: MAGiS Derry: Critical remembering for a brighter future: Enjoy facilitated tour of walls of Derry, social gatherings, facilitated day long workshop, group reflection, ecumenical liturgy. Full details and application form on www.magisireland.com, Max 15 people (mixed denominations), deadline 11 February. Contact: Noelle noelle.fitzpatrick@magisireland.com. Tel. 01 8943164
  • Saturday 23 February: Fr John Sullivan – Annual Mass in thanks for his life and prayer for his canonisation. 11.00am in Gardiner Street Church. Homily by Fr Fergus O'Keefe SJ. Celebrant: Fr Conor Harper SJ
  • Saturday 23 February: Oasis Day in Manresa, Jesuit Centre of Spirituality, 426 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3 – a day to get away from the stress and noise of life. Contact Eileen or Valerie at Manresa Reception to make a booking. Phone (01) 833 1352 or email manresa@jesuit.ie.
  • Tuesdays 26 February and 5, 12, 19 & 26 March: Lenten Prayer Evenings in Manresa. Phone (01) 833 1352
  • Wednesday 27 February: 'Christian faith and the world of science', lecture by Joe Egan. Milltown Institute, 7.30-9.00pm. From 'Still a light to the Nations' Vatican II lecture series run by Milltown Institute
  • Monday 4 – Tuesday 12 March: St Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner Street, Novena of Grace. Homily by Fr Vincent Vaz SJ (Mumbai, India). Monday-Friday – 11am, 1pm, 5,30pm, 7.30pm; Saturday – 11am, 1pm, 6pm; Sunday –11am, 12.30pm, 3.30pm

We remember in our prayers
  • Fr Ken McCabe, who died on 7 February
  • Fr Senan Timoney, who died on 13 February
  • Fr Bart Kiely, in a Roman Rehabilitation hospital after a road accident
  • Br Davy Byrne, in Cherryfield recovering from surgery
  • Fr Dermot Cassidy, in hospital
  • Fr Finbar Lynch's brother Brendan, who has died
  • Fr Fergus O'Keefe's brother Niall, who is ill.
  • Fr Jim Culliton’s mother who has died.
  • Fr Conall Ó Cuinn's brother-in-law Donal Hollywood, who is very ill
  • The sister-in-law of Concepta (nurse of the Milltown community), who is very ill
  • The sick in Cherryfield
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