Reflection on Church leadership

Posted on 11. Apr, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Community, Vocation

Christian Leadership is different to other types of leadership, so say Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Ken Good. It is a leadership that is focused, not merely on personal power, but on bringing about, through prayer and reflection, God’s vision for this world. Due to retire at the end of May, Bishop Good shares the highs […]

Celebrating St. Patrick

Posted on 14. Mar, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Saints, Vocation

St Patrick’s Day is one that unites Irish and those interested in anything Irish. His life is surrounded by myths and legends and indeed former Archbishop of Armagh Alan Harper says it is astonishing that we have any information on him at all. Fortunately, thanks to mainly go St. Patrick’s own writings, it is possible […]

Finding Grace in Addiction

Posted on 14. Mar, 2019 in Achievement, Addiction, Christian Values, Community

Deacon John Taafe is a Permanent Married Deacon in the Archdiocese of Armagh. He works by counselling addicts for the HSE but also on a voluntary basis for the Archdiocese. Here John shares some of his own journey with Conor Deane explaining that he feels his route to counselling was down his own father’s alcohol […]

Moved by a Natural Mystical Experience

Posted on 07. Feb, 2019 in Achievement, Meditation, Poetry, Technology, Vatican

Italian Paolo Beltrame is a second year Jesuit novice of the Northwest European novitiate in Birmingham, UK. He spoke to Pat Coyle about his life as an astrophysicist and his strong faith in God. Paolo, who researched dark matter for 15 years, discovered that not having the  reason ‘why’ behind the scientifically proven laws of […]

Buy a Hoodie to Build a School

Posted on 07. Feb, 2019 in Achievement, Community, Humanitarian Aid, Schools, Young people

Will Robbins is a Gonzaga student who has set up a business selling hoodies to raise money to build a secondary school in Zambia. Here he talks with Pat Coyle about how a chance encounter in Zambia, turned him into a social entrepreneur (with a little help from his friends). He discusses his experience building […]

Film, Faith and Music

Posted on 17. Jan, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Film Reviews, Music, Relationships, Spirituality

Michael Aherne, who plays The Commitments’ pianist Steven Clifford, was an employee for the Dublin Corporation and took a three-month leave of absence to make the film. He is currently head of the transport development at the National Transport Authority as well as working for Spirit Radio and doing gigs with The Commitments. In this […]

New Grandchild for Christmas

Posted on 20. Dec, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Family, Grandparents, Young people

Becoming a Grandparent for the first time is one of the most exciting experiences, so says Colm Holmes from “We are Church”. Here he talks with Miriam Gormally about how their new arrival has brought such joy into the lives of many. He explores the mystery of birth that emerged in their family from what […]

Remembering Thomas Merton

Posted on 13. Dec, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Eastern Spirituality, Environment, Faith and Justice, Nature, Vocation

December 10th, fifty years ago, Thomas Merton was found dead in his room near Bangkok, where he had been the main speaker at an international monastic conference. At the time he was the best known Catholic monk in the world. His autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain (Elected Silence in the English edition), was an unlikely best seller, telling […]

Oscar Romero and Trócaire

Posted on 15. Nov, 2018 in Achievement, Charity, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Conflict, Death, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid, Saints

    ‘Each one of you must be a microphone of God, each one of you must be a messenger, a prophet’ St Oscar Romero 1917-1980 St Oscar Romero was recently canonised for his work in El Salvador. He worked closely with Trócaire in the 1970s to speak out about corruption in El Salvador. At the […]

Bringing Charismatic Renewal

Posted on 15. Nov, 2018 in Achievement, Chaplaincy, Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Pope Francis, Prayer

A few years ago Pope Francis encouraged the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS) and the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships (CF) to work together towards forming, an International group , “a single service for the one current of grace.” Conor Deane met with Michelle Moran, Past President of ICCRS and one […]