Rebuilding Ireland – doomed to fail

Posted on 19. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Economy, Young people

In this two part housing special we take an in-depth look at some of the things that are moving Ireland in the direction of less home ownership and towards more precarious rental situations. In this first part, Margaret Burns, from the Jesuit Centre of Faith and Justice looks at how housing trends have changed dramatically […]

Ireland’s Emissions – off the charts!

Posted on 05. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Young people

Last week Ireland’s citizen’s assembly met to look at how Ireland can become a leader in tackling climate change. However Niamh Garvey, Trócaire’s Head of Policy and Advocacy said that Ireland’s emission are “off the charts” and are contributing to hunger and a loss of water in some of the poorest countries in the world. In […]

Unsung Hero

Posted on 17. Aug, 2017 in Drugs, Faith and Justice, Homelessness, Young people

This is a piece from 2005 when Peter McVerry SJ won an award for his work in the “People of the Year Awards” Peter McVerry SJ has been working with Dublin’s young homeless for over 40 years now. At the time, the Peter McVerry Trust provided two homeless hostels for the under 18 age group, […]

Rally for Life

Posted on 29. Jun, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Humane Vitae, Young people

This Saturday, the Pro Life campaign is holding a Rally for Life. Some of the speakers include Karen Gaffney, a public advocate and woman with Down Syndrome. She has recently spoken to TDs at the Dáil to tell them that her life is “worth saying ‘yes’ to,” and to urge them to protect the right […]

The Samuel Programme

Posted on 15. Jun, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Gospel Values, Vocation, Young people

Anne-Marie Whelan is the Evangelisation and Vocations Officer with the Sisters of Bon Secours. Based in Cork, Anne-Marie has been in this new role since last November. Anne-Marie’s role is to spread the “work and mission of the Sisters of Bon Secours through faith-based programmes for young adults”. She also works closely with the congregation’s […]

What does it all mean?

Posted on 15. Jun, 2017 in Christian Values, Death, Family, Grief, Young people

What does it all mean? is title of the latest book from Australian Jesuit Richard Leonard. Like most of his previous books, it came about on foot of a question posed to him by someone trying to grapple with their faith in the face of profound suffering. This time it was a question asked by a […]

Blessed John Sullivan

Posted on 18. May, 2017 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Community, Liturgy, Saints, Young people

The Beatification of John Sullivan SJ drew huge crowds to Gardiner Street Church on Saturday May 13th. In the post communion reflections, Church of Ireland Archbishop Michael Jackson, John D’Ardis SJ and Catholic Archbishop Diarmuid Martin spoke movingly about the life of John Sullivan and what he meant to the people in Ireland. Archbishop Michael Jackson […]

Engaging Faith through Film

Posted on 20. Apr, 2017 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Faith Groups, Retreats, Spirituality, Young people

NUA is a series of eight short films about fifteen minutes each, produced by Scripture Union Ireland. The films encourage questions, acknowledge doubt, and offer an engaging and fresh perspective on the Christian faith. Scott Evans, Church of Ireland Chaplain at UCD was one of the script writers for this series of films. Here he […]

Shadowing Peter McVerry

Posted on 13. Apr, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Economy, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Vocation, Young people

Chris Brolly is a Jesuit novice on a three-month placement in Dublin. Originally from Newcastle, England, 28 year-old Chris is of Irish Catholic heritage who worked in marginalised communities before joining the Jesuits. In this interview with Pat Coyle from Irish Jesuit Communications, he speaks about his reason for joining the Jesuits and he shares his […]

Volunteering with Viatores Christi

Posted on 06. Apr, 2017 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Young people

Viatores Christi (VC), is a lay missionary organisation which specialises in the training and placement of skilled volunteers. Their CEO Shane Halpin, a Drogheda man, decided to give up a comfortable Public Relations job and life in London to go live amongst homeless children in South Africa. He talks about how the experience was outside all […]