Coptic Christians in Ireland

Posted on 13. Jun, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Vocation

Mark Kelada is a member of the Egyptian Coptic Christians who has also just recently graduated with a Phd in medicinal chemistry from Maynooth University. Born in Egypt, he explains that Coptic Christians are ambassadors of Christ. He came to Ireland when he was nine and is now a deacon in the Coptic Church. He […]

Connecting to the Body Part 1

Posted on 13. Jun, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Meditation, Spirituality

In this two part series, Celeste Snowber, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada explores our relationships with our bodies. She feels strongly that the body is central to how we live, move, breathe, question, and uncover passion and voice. She is also a dancer, poet, writer and […]

Christian Inclusion for LGBT+ People

Posted on 13. Jun, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Sexuality

The Vatican recently released a statement looking at gender and sexuality, entitled, “Male and Female, He created them”. This is a view that Rev. Brandan Robertson, author, activist, and pastor, working at the intersections of spirituality and social renewal, feels does not represent the full picture. He believes that LGBT+ people have existed since the beginning of […]

Connecting with the Transcendent

Posted on 06. Jun, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Spirituality

David Coghlan SJ, Associate Professor Emeritus at Trinity College Dublin, was a keynote speaker at the recent conference on ‘Spirituality in Society and the Professions’ in Waterford Institute of Technology. Here he speaks with Pat Coyle about how he defines his spirituality. He says it’s  simply connecting with the transcendent. “I connect with a God […]

Charismatic Renewal in Ireland

Posted on 06. Jun, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict

Michelle Moran, the President of ICCRS, the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services, came to Ireland in November 2018. Following on from her visit, there are plans for the future of Charismatic renewal in Ireland including a one day conference in the RDS on Jun 22nd. Sr. Bridget Dunne, chairperson of Charismatic renewal in Ireland talks […]

Reconciling Religion and Psychology

Posted on 30. May, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Eastern Spirituality, Spiritual

Mysticism and religious experience have been dismissed by psychology as “nothing but” abnormal experiences or even medical conditions. Something Ralph Hood, Professor of Psychology and distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), disagrees with. He gave a presentation on Mysticism and the Relationship between Religion and Spirituality at the international conference […]

Simplicity of Gospel Message

Posted on 30. May, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Gospel Values

What are the Church’s true teachings? Michael Kelly, editor of the Irish Catholic says that the Gospel message is a simple one. Contrary to books such as Dan Browne’s Angels and Daemons or the numerous articles online that look for hidden secrets within the church, Michael says that the message of the Gospel is simple […]

Dancing to my Death

Posted on 23. May, 2019 in Cancer, Christian Values, Community, Death, Grief, Health

Dancing to my Death is the title of Daniel O’Leary’s final masterpiece. In it he reveals his dark night of the soul upon hearing his diagnosis of terminal cancer. A well-known priest and teacher, his retreats were always in demand and inspired many people deeply. During his final illness, Daniel examines his faith through a new […]

Compassion around Abortion

Posted on 23. May, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Humane Vitae

It is one year since the abortion referendum. A vote which according to Dr David Thunder, raises questions on compassion. Dr Thunder is a university lecturer and researcher in moral, political, and social philosophy who grew up in Ireland where he studied at UCD. Subsequently, David moved to the United States to pursue a Ph.D […]

Communion Music

Posted on 23. May, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, First Communion

With First Holy Communions coming up, we listen to a beautiful rendition of Be Not Afraid by John Michael Talbot.