Young People’s Faith

Posted on 02. Aug, 2018 in Church Teachings, Young people

In this piece from 2005, we looked at how to keep young people interested in faith and their church while living in the busy, consumer driven world of today? Martin McElroy shares his opinions on this matter and talks about what initiatives the church can take to bring young people back. He talks about his […]

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 […]

The Quiet Revolution

Posted on 19. Jul, 2018 in Baptism, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Young people

Irish theologian Gerry O’Hanlon SJ examines the work and statements of Pope Francis saying that he wants to bring about a quiet revolution within the Catholic Church. He says that he wants to go back over 1000 years to a church which was more inclusive and and driven by the laity, essentially a ‘synodal’ church. […]

Family Trees

Posted on 28. Jun, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Young people

As we approach the world meeting of Families, Dympna Mallon SMA Laity Coordinator talks about their Family Tree project. Going beyond the tradition interpretation of family, her project aims to connect us all as family, including our environment. She says the Society of African Missions have long been aware of the devastating impacts of climate change […]

A Waste of Dreams?

Posted on 21. Jun, 2018 in Addiction, Drugs

Jack Houlahan has worked as an addictions counsellor, facilitator and training consultant, as well as lecturing on addiction for the past 25 years. He wrote a book on the topic –A Ghost in Daylight: Making Sense of Substance Misuse – where he identifies the pattern behind uses of substances.  He suggests to Eileen Good that one […]

New Life on the Camino

Posted on 14. Jun, 2018 in Community, Death, Ecology, Pilgrimage, Young people

In this time of year went people are thinking about getting away from it all for one reason or another, we remember this moving story with Daniel Lynch, who took on a journey that transformed his life. At 22, he experienced the loss of his partner in a freak accident at a wedding in a hotel. […]

I Will Never Forget You

Posted on 17. May, 2018 in Christian Values, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae, Young people

“I will Never Forget You” from Isaiah 49 is sung here by James Kilbane. This beautiful hymn is included his album “The Family Collection”. In it are the lyrics, “Does a mother forget her baby, or a woman, the child within her womb”. A sensitive and timely reminder of the bond that exists between mother […]

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 […]

Elastic Girl

Posted on 03. May, 2018 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Slavery, Young people

Elastic Girl, a book by Olivia Rana, tells the story of a young girl, Muthu Tikaram, whose family find themselves destitute and end up selling her to a Circus. Like many girls who are sold or trafficked, Mathu believes that life in the Circus will lead to great new adventures and hopes that maybe one day […]

Countering Child Trafficking

Posted on 05. Apr, 2018 in Christian Values, Human Trafficking, Slavery, Young people

Sarah Marr (PREM Group Human Resources Manager, Ireland and UK) and Ann Mara (Education Coordinator, MECPATHS) PREM Group, who manage over 40 hotels across Europe, recently won the  the Champion Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the HR Champion Awards hosted at The Guinness Storehouse, in partnership with William Fry. Their work with MECPATHS, an organisation […]