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Legalise drugs?

Rapid response for Syria

Celebs support Belvo sleep-out

MPG enlarging the tent

Record response to Toy Appeal

At one with India's oppressed

Slán agus beannacht from Joe Palmisano

Draw of the oasis

Feature Story
In face of chaos

Short Notices
Around the Province

Forthcoming Events

We remember in our prayers
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Editorial

Peace on earth was patchy this Christmas. Two of the more tortured spots were Syria and Eastern Congo (DRC), both of them featuring in the stories below. Gerry Clarke has now unpacked his knapsack in Beirut and is ready to help his brethren who are running the Jesuit Refugee Service inside Syria. Murt Curry has linked the Irish Mission Office with the European Jesuits in Eastern Congo. They are trying to maintain educational services for the thousands of displaced and at-risk teenagers who have suffered from the gangsters who ravaged their schools.

 
In face of chaos
The murder and mayhem in one of the world’s most godforsaken countries has triggered a significant initiative this month by the Irish Jesuit Mission Office. It is linking up with all the mission offices of Europe in a joint effort to meet the challenging chaos of the Congo.
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News
 
Legalise drugs?
Peter McVerry SJ was on national radio this week, discussing the impact of gangland culture on young people in particular and Irish society in general. Peter said the gangs would only cease to exist when the sale of drugs became legalised and controlled.
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Rapid response for Syria
As he stepped onto a plane for Beirut on the feast of the Epiphany, Gerry Clarke was doing what is listed as his job: Rapid Response in the Jesuit Refugee Service. His initial stay in the Lebanese capital will be for three months, and his focus of course is the tortured land of Syria.
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Celebs support Belvo sleep-out
The 29th Belvedere College SJ Annual Sleep-Out and Fast was a huge success with staff and students raising over €138,000 for the homeless by spending two nights sleeping out on O'Connell St. This year for the first time they introduced a texting system, whereby €2 could be donated with each text, and it turned out to be a great fundraising method, generating over €7,500 of the above sum.
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MPG enlarging the tent
In late November, Michael Paul Gallagher received an honorary doctorate from Regis College, Toronto, in recognition of his contributions to theology. Michael’s acceptance speech was entitled 'Enlarging the Tent: new horizons in fundamental theology'. A good title, reflecting the wholeness of his vision and imagination, reluctant to divide up knowledge into academic compartments.
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Record response to Toy Appeal
In these times of economic doom and gloom JRS Ireland was heartened by the tremendous response to its Annual Christmas Toy Appeal in December. As a consequence of cutbacks families seeking asylum in Ireland, who reside in direct provision centres, had to rely on voluntary donations to ensure each child would receive a gift this Christmas.
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At one with India's oppressed
Irish Jesuits, friends and colleagues, will be taking part in the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18th-25th January. The event, sponsored by all the main Christian denominations, witnesses to our willingness to pray together and to our hope for further progress towards the goal of unity. The focus this year is on the oppressed Dalit community in India.
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Slán agus beannacht from Joe Palmisano
Joe Palmisano, a member of the New England Province, has been here for so long that he is almost a naturalised Irish Jesuit. But he has to go home, having completed his work in the Irish School of Ecumenics, and published a scholarly book. He will be missed by his many friends here.
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Draw of the oasis
Among the many events Manresa hosted during Advent 2012, a weekend retreat for lay people proved popular, with some people choosing to attend for a day while others stayed for the weekend. The ‘Oasis Day’ was one of a number which have appeared on Manresa’s calendar since summer of 2012.
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Short Notices
 
Around the Province
  • First Cardinal Martini Memorial lecture – Jan 21, 2013 at 7.30 p.m. in Gardiner St Church – ‘Cardinal Martini’s legacy in the Irish Context’. Speaker: Fr Eamonn Conway, Head of Theology and Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Fr Conway attended the recent synod of Bishops. Admission – donation.
  • Brendan McManus SJ will be in Canada for this year, 2013, to study Spiritual Direction in Loyola House, Guelph, Ontario. However, the first part of the programme sees Brendan studying Ignatian Spirituality for one semester in Regis College, Toronto, and then spending the rest of the year in Guelph retreat house. What is always a shock for those new to Canada is the biting cold and the special gear needed to be warm!
  • Was the Rector of Milltown Park, Conall O Cuinn, the only Jesuit to swim in the sea on Christmas Day?
  • Each morning next week, 14th to 18th January, Paul Andrews SJ will give the Living Word talk on RTE Radio One at 6.40.
  • Michael O’Sullivan SJ is happy to report that the MA course in Applied Christian Spirituality, which he directs, has attracted participants from 10 countries and 5 continents. Its graduates outnumber those from any other course in All Hallows.
  • The national papers recorded the tragic accident that led to the death of Andrew Clarke, a member of the Poetry class in Clongowes, crushed under the weight of a racing car which he was servicing. Andrew donated his heart, lungs, liver and kidneys to help others. The large crowd at his funeral Mass in the Boys’ Chapel showed how he was loved and is missed.
  • Bart Kiely continues to make slow steady progress after his traffic accident in Rome in November. On 8th January Bart is being moved from an acute hospital to a rehabilitation hospital in Rome. Later this month Fr. Michal Drennan and the Health Delegate Ms. Mary Rickard will visit Bart, and review his progress.
  • On Thursday, January 24 at 11.00am in Milltown Park, Board Room, John K.Guiney SJ will launch a book entitled “ The man called James Corboy” – Irish Jesuit Bishop of Monze, Zambia. The author is Sister Catherine Dunne SHM. All are welcome; for further information contact the Mission Office.

Forthcoming Events
  • Friday 11 to Sunday 13 January: 'Nurturing Faith and Prayer' course, Manresa, Jesuit Centre of Spirituality, 426 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3. For further information Tel: 01 8331352 or email manresa@jesuit.ie
  • Friday 10 and Saturday 11 January: Conference on 'Mysticism and Theology'. All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. Speakers include Tina Beattie and former Joe Veale Professor Terence O'Reilly. Limited number of places available. Contact: bflanagan@allhallows.ie
  • Thursday 17th January: 'Understanding Spiritual Accompaniment'. Magis Ireland, Gardiner St. 7.30pm: Explore spiritual accompaniment and consider making the journey with a trained spiritual guide. For more information contact Debbie: Tel. 01 8943165. Mob. 086 232 1768 or e-mail: debbie.moore@magisireland.com
  • Friday 18 to Friday 25 January: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Theme: 'What Does God Require of Us?' See newsletter above and www.ctbi.org.uk/weekofprayer
  • Monday 21 January: First Cardinal Martini Memorial lecture Gardiner St Church. 7.30 p.m.  ‘Cardinal Martini’s legacy in the Irish Context’. Speaker: Fr Eamonn Conway, Head of Theology and Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
  • Friday 8 to Sunday 10 February: Directed Silent Retreat by Magis Ireland, Jesuit Young Adult Ministery (18-35 years)Manresa Centre for Spirituality. Cost:€120. For more information contact Debbie at 01 8943165 or e-mail: debbie.moore@magisireland.com


We remember in our prayers
  • Fr Senan Timoney, seriously ill in hospital but in good form, his spirit undimmed
  • Fr Stephen Redmond, recovering from surgery
  • Br Davy Byrne, recovering from surgery
  • Fr Bart Kiely, in an Italian hospital after a road accident
  • Fr Dermot Cassidy, in hospital
  • The sick in Cherryfield
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