First Gambian Bishop

Posted on 04. Oct, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community

Bishop Gabriel Mendy, the first ever Gambian bishop, was appointed to his post as Bishop of Banjul one year ago. All the Bishops before him were Irish Spiritans, and Bishop Mendy, a Spiritan himself, feels strong connections with Ireland. However this week was the first time he ever managed to make a trip here. Miriam […]

Building a life with Refugees

Posted on 04. Oct, 2018 in Achievement, Community, Humanitarian Aid, Refugees

The life of a refugee can be very unsettling – never fully knowing where you will end up or what country you will be able to call home. Michael Smith SJ from New Zealand is an International Education Officer with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Rome. He is a representative for 184,000 students around the […]

Inclusion for LGBT people

Posted on 23. Aug, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Sexuality, Young people

There was great excitement in the RDS as thousands gathered from across the globe to attend the Pastoral Congress in anticipation for the Pope’s visit.  However there have been many voices who are saying that LGBT people are being excluded from the World Meeting of Families. James Martin SJ, renowned American author and consultant to […]

Working in Cambodia Part 2

Posted on 26. Jul, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Faith and Justice, Young people

Ashley Evans SJ has spent over 30 years working in Cambodia, teaching and trying to advocate for reform. When he went out there, Cambodia was still devastated from the effects of the Khmer Rouge regime 1975-79 and the Vietnamese occupation (1979-89).  Now the economy is growing at a rate of about 7% per year causing new […]

Getting ready for WMOF2018

Posted on 05. Jul, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Liturgy

Pope Francis’ attendance at the The two World Meeting of Families 2018 in Ireland has been met with great enthusiasm. Tickets for the two events for which Pope Francis has confirmed attendance, Knock Shrine and the Phoenix Park were very quickly taken up. Knock Shrine is now fully booked out at 45,000 people and the […]

Kay Holmes – Irish Suffragette

Posted on 14. Jun, 2018 in Achievement, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church

One hundred years on since women got the vote in Ireland, we remember Kathleen, more commonly known as Kay Emerson, one of Ireland’s leading Suffragettes. Born Kay Holmes, she started out early on her quest for liberty. Her grandnephew Colm Holmes from We are Church, married to feminist and spiritual director Soline Humbert, talks about how Kay […]

My Anam Cara

Posted on 07. Jun, 2018 in Achievement, Faith and Justice, Relationships

  It’s been ten years since the death of John O’Donohue, former priest, poet, philosopher and best selling author who died suddenly in France in 2008.  Best known for his book Anam Cara, of which his readers said “…he put words on things they have felt”. In this piece from Jan 2008, his friend of over […]

Supporting Children Part 1

Posted on 03. May, 2018 in Achievement, Family, Grief, Young people

Sr Helen Culhane, founder of a local support service which has helped more than a 1,000 children affected by loss through death, separation or divorce, has been named Limerick Person of the Year 2017. She founded the Children’s Grief Centre in 2009 which sees around 30 children a week, aged four to 18 years. 70 […]

Women in the Church

Posted on 12. Apr, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Feminism/Women in the Church

Soline Humbert is one of the many Christian women who have had a sense of calling or vocation to ordination within the Church. Her vocation was not realised and she continues to fight for change regarding the theology of women’s involvement within the Church. Calling herself and other women on her stuggle as “perhaps daughters […]

McAleese quotes Jesuit

Posted on 15. Mar, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Feminism/Women in the Church

In her widely covered and critical speech regarding the treatment of women  in the Catholic church, former Irish President Mary McAleese quoted Irish Jesuit theologian Gerry O’Hanlon. Having been banned from an International Women’s Day conference at the Vatican because of her support for gay rights, the conference organised by Voices of Faith was instead […]