Eco Congregation Ireland

Posted on 30. May, 2019 in Ecology, Environment, Faith and Justice

The government recently declared a climate emergency and the Green Party also had a massive bump in the elections. Eco Congregation is an environmental programme which seeks to find the link between the environment and faith and is open to all Christian denominations throughout Ireland and Britain.  It developed through a partnership between the Churches […]

Spirituality for Professionals

Posted on 18. Apr, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Retreats, Spiritual, Vocation

The first ever international conference on ‘Spirituality in Society and the Professions‘ will take place in the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), May 16-18, 2019 in Waterford, Ireland. The conference has attracted speakers from various parts of the USA, Australia, mainland Europe, UK, and Ireland. It is a collaboration between WIT and the Spirituality Institute for […]

The Hero’s Journey

Posted on 11. Apr, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Vocation

‘The hero’ was the title of a workshop led recently by education consultant David Tuohy SJ for chaplains and others who work with young people. David proposed ‘the heroic journey’ as a model of personal development, one that could provide both young people and their mentors with a positive and clear narrative. The workshop was part […]

Honouring your Parents

Posted on 11. Apr, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Family, Gospel Values

“If you think you owe your parents nothing, prepare to learn they were right all along,” writes David Quinn in the Irish Catholic. Drawing on a tweet from a Jewish academic, Yoram Hazony, “Honour your Father and Mother or learn the hard way”, he explains how life lessons are most easily learned from our parents, […]

Reimagining Women in the Church

Posted on 21. Mar, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Feminism/Women in the Church

International Women’s Day was earlier this month – a time to celebrate the growing recognition of the importance of women. World religions, including Christianity, however have contributed to the denigration and oppression of women, so says Dr Michael O’Sullivan SJ. He is Director of SpIRE –the Spirituality Institute of Ireland – and  author of the […]

Pedro Arrupe – in love with God

Posted on 28. Feb, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Saints

Brian Grogan SJ, who has published ‘Pedro Arrupe SJ: Mystic with Open Eyes’ with Messenger Publications, spoke to Pat Coyle about the life of the former Father General whose case for beatification has recently been opened. Fr Grogan felt privileged to have met Arrupe several times. He particularly remembered meeting him in Rome in 1981, […]

Justice for Ballymurphy Massacre

Posted on 27. Dec, 2018 in Community, Conflict, Death, Faith and Justice, Grief

Fr Paddy McCafferty is the PP in Springhill Parish in West Belfast a parish that was shook in 1972 by the shooting and killing of civilians. One year before another massacre had taken place in Ballymurphy where more civilians were shot. The families of all the victims have been looking for justice for years. Now […]

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 […]

Passing on the Faith

Posted on 06. Dec, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Young people

Pat Coyle recently went to Rome to be part of the book launch for Sharing The Wisdom of Time, by Pope Francis and Friends. In it, he explored the advice and learning that older people can share with the next generation. Afterwards he did a Question and Answers session on the issues that were of concern to […]

Theological Ethics in a Neoliberal Age

Posted on 29. Nov, 2018 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Economy, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values

Theological Ethics in a Neoliberal Age is the name of Kevin Hargaden’s new book (foreword by William T. Cavanaugh) where he addresses the Christian problem with wealth. Economics and money is not a topic that the Church speak about very much and if they do, they are frequently told to stick to religious matters. However throughout his […]