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 […]

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 […]

Ageing with Alzheimers

Posted on 13. Sep, 2018 in Christian Values, Chronic illness, Community, Health, Mental Health

Des O’Grady SJ currently works as a chaplain in Dundrum central mental hospital. He himself was recently diagnosed with Alzheimers and in this first of at three part series, he talks candidly about his experience and the learning he has received from it. He says that the disease has given him more time and patience […]

Celebrating Creation

Posted on 13. Sep, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology

From the 1st of September to the Feast of St Francis on 4th October, churches around the world will be marking Creation Time. This is a time to “be dedicated to prayer for the protection of Creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse our contribution to climate change”. (3rd European Ecumenical Assembly in […]

Stories from the Pastoral Congress

Posted on 06. Sep, 2018 in Alcohol, Book Reviews, Christian Values, Community

We catch up again with some of the action that took place at the World Meeting of Families Pastoral Congress in the RDS at the end of August. Here Pat Coyle speaks with Bernard McGuckian SJ, Mary Brady and Vera Casey about the work of the Pioneer Association and the Messenger Publications’ best-selling books. They discussed […]

Pope Francis and the Death Penalty

Posted on 06. Sep, 2018 in Community, Death

 On August 2nd Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN), the national Catholic organization in the US working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice, celebrated the revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to say that, in all cases, the death penalty is “inadmissible” (Revised Catechism of the Catholic Church 2267). “This is a capstone […]

The Pope’s Biggest Challenge

Posted on 23. Aug, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Crime

This week we have a special edition dedicated to the Pope’s visit. One of the most challenging things that many believed Pope Francis would have to face on his visit was the issue of addressing abuse within the church and listening to survivors. Kevin O’Rourke SJ, assistant director of Jesuit novices, speaks to Pat Coyle […]

Inclusion for LGBT people

Posted on 23. Aug, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Sexuality, Young people

There was great excitement in the RDS as thousands gathered from across the globe to attend the Pastoral Congress in anticipation for the Pope’s visit.  However there have been many voices who are saying that LGBT people are being excluded from the World Meeting of Families. James Martin SJ, renowned American author and consultant to […]

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 […]