Working in Cambodia Part 1

Posted on 19. Jul, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Different abilities, Faith and Justice

Ashley Evans SJ has spent over 30 years working in Cambodia, teaching and trying to advocate for reform. He talks about how mission in Cambodia is evolving.  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 […]

Part 3 Dying in Despair

Posted on 19. Jul, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Death, Sexuality, Vocation

In this final piece with Fr Bernard Lynch, he talks about being at the side of gay men and administering to their spiritual needs as they were dying with AIDS. He said many of them died in despair, in particular any priest who was gay. The Vatican’s only response, he says, was to blame gay […]

The Nature of God

Posted on 12. Jul, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Sexuality, Vocation

In this second part of our series with Fr Bernárd Lynch, a Catholic priest who is gay and married, he talks about his life journey – coming out as gay as well as meeting his husband Billy Desmond. He speaks of the oft quoted phrase, “The Truth will set you Free” in relation to how it […]

Interrogating Hauerwas Part 2

Posted on 12. Jul, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Conflict, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae, War / Civil Unrest

In this second interview with Stanley Hauerwas, named “America’s Best Theologian” by Time magazine in 2001, he gives his reaction to the recent Irish referendum and questions whether the debates we were having were really getting to the heart of the matter. He also looks at the idea of peace and believing in a peaceful future, setting aside […]

Questioning Celibacy

Posted on 05. Jul, 2018 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Sexuality, Vocation

Fr Bernárd Lynch is a Catholic priest who is gay and married. His journey has caused controversy, but he argues that he is living true to who he is. He further argues that very few priests are called to celibacy and that not many of them are living up to its expectations. In this three […]

Getting ready for WMOF2018

Posted on 05. Jul, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Liturgy

Pope Francis’ attendance at the The two World Meeting of Families 2018 in Ireland has been met with great enthusiasm. Tickets for the two events for which Pope Francis has confirmed attendance, Knock Shrine and the Phoenix Park were very quickly taken up. Knock Shrine is now fully booked out at 45,000 people and the […]

Called to be Dysfunctional!

Posted on 05. Jul, 2018 in Church Teachings, Community, Different abilities, Vocation

Beginnings: Interrogating Hauerwas is a conversation between Stanley Hauerwas and Brian Brook. Hauerwas has been described as one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the English speaking world, having being named, “America’s Best Theologian” by Time magazine in 2001. Brook is an author from Aberdeen who looks in particular at Christianity and disability. Brian Brock delves into Hauerwas’ […]

Christian Gay Pride

Posted on 28. Jun, 2018 in Church Teachings, Community, Discrimination, Sexuality

We are Church will be marching in this years Gay Pride parade asking Pope Francis to change LGBTQI language to be more inclusive and in line with modern thinking. They say that they need to remove descriptions like, “objective disorder” or “ordered towards an intrinsic moral evil” and that reference to LGBTQI people need to […]

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 […]

Time to Reflect

Posted on 21. Jun, 2018 in Christian Values, Community

The Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre, pictured above, will host this year’s Summer School of the Society of African Missions. Running from 29 June – 1 July 2018, the theme of the event will be “Radical Discipleship – Healing for a World in Pain”. The gathering will open with a panel discussion on the main […]