New Life for Old Church

Posted on 18. Oct, 2018 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Community, Music

A group of energetic university students from across Dublin have come together to re-establish regular worship in St Thomas’ Church of Ireland Church, by bringing Gospel Music into this historic Anglican Church. Standing at the gateway of O’Connell Street into Dublin’s North East Inner City, it was first established in 1758 and then rebuilt and uniquely […]

Life after Death

Posted on 18. Oct, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Death

As we approach the feast of All Souls we look at the second part of Brian Grogan’s piece on death.  Jesuit and author of the  book, Where to from Here” The Christian Vision of the Afterlife, he explores this topic in depth. Here he looks at the  unconditional nature of God’s love and talks about hell […]

Defending the Pope

Posted on 18. Oct, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Pope Francis

Fr Brian Shortall is a Capuchin and author of the book “Tired of all the Bad News” who is based in Dublin. He met Pope Francis on his visit to Ireland when he came to the Capuchin Day Care Centre. He argues in his blog the Pope is under attack from ministers in the Church would […]

Budget failure on the Environment

Posted on 11. Oct, 2018 in Community, Ecology

The world’s leading climate scientists say that we only have 12 years to avert climate catastrophe and keep temperature rises to a maximum of 1.5C. Beyond this even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. However despite such reports there was barely […]

Raise the Roof

Posted on 11. Oct, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Homelessness

Over 10,000 people took to the streets last week to Raise the Roof and get the government to do something about the housing and homelessness crisis. Margaret Burns from The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice was at the march and said that the government really needed to listen to the people and start to […]

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 […]

Prayer and Service with Alzheimers

Posted on 20. Sep, 2018 in Chronic illness, Community, Different abilities, Gospel Values

In this second part of our three part series, Des O’Grady SJ, talks about working with Alzheimers and in particular leading prayer, saying mass and doing his job. He currently works as a chaplain in Dundrum central mental hospital and says the disease gives him insight into those he serves in Dundrum who also have […]

Pope Francis’ visit to the Homeless

Posted on 20. Sep, 2018 in Charity, Church Teachings, Economy, Fundraising, Pope Francis, Poverty, Refugees, Young people

When Pope Francis was in Ireland, he visited many state dignitaries and leaders. However Fr. Bryan Shortall, a parish priest and Capuchin, says that was inspires Francis most is visiting people on the margin. When he was in Ireland he came to visit the Capuchin Day Care Centre in Dublin. Fr Bryan says that their […]

Running a Diocese

Posted on 20. Sep, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Gospel Values

Alan McGuckian SJ was appointed as Bishop of Raphoe by Pope Francis just over a year ago. During the last six years Alan has been working with the Diocese of Down and Conor in the ‘Living Church’ project. This began in 2011 with a listening process, aimed at hearing the hopes and fears of the […]

Helping Working Parents

Posted on 13. Sep, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Economy

A recent report by the ESRI showed that the cost of childcare is driving women out of the workforce with the cost of one child amounting to 20% of disposable income. Any added benefit from doing extra work is more than off set by the high cost of having to pay for childcare. Miriam Gormally […]