Supporting Grieving Children Part 2

Posted on 10. May, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Family, Grief

Sr Helen Culhane, founder of a local support service which has helped more than a 1,000 children affected by loss through death, separation or divorce, has been named Limerick Person of the Year 2017. She founded the Children’s Grief Centre in 2009 which sees around 30 children a week, aged four to 18 years. 70 […]

A Jesuit with the People

Posted on 10. May, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Death, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Vocation

Fr Michael O’Sullivan spent many years of his life in Chile, working with the poor under the turbulent rule of Pinochet. Advocating for a preferential option for the poor, he was vocal in speaking out against the often brutal regime. Michael experienced real threats on his life and he did his best to stay alive […]

Help for Syria

Posted on 19. Apr, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid

The conflict in Syria has resulted in the worst humanitarian crisis in a generation. Over 500,000 people have been killed. A further 5.5 million have fled and 6.1 million are displaced internally. Trócaire works in Syria and Lebanon to provide humanitarian aid, as well as education and psychological support, to people affected. Last year, their […]

Finding Peace

Posted on 01. Mar, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Conflict, Faith and Justice, Prayer, Retreats

Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell heads up the spirituality work of the Jesuit Institute South Africa and is a spiritual director and psychotherapist working with victims of trauma. In this interview with Pat Coyle, Annemarie discusses the interface between Christian spirituality and psychology in a place that is still severely affected by the apartheid era. “We’re still […]

One Man, One God

Posted on 22. Jun, 2017 in Achievement, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Conflict, Vocation

Few people made a bigger contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process than Fr Alec Reid. As a member of the Redemptorist community in Clonard monastery for over forty years, Fr Alec’s peace ministry emerged from a religious community deeply rooted in west Belfast. Having witnessed first hand the acts of violence, Fr Alec saw himself […]

Responding to Terrorism

Posted on 25. May, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Conflict, Death

The attack in Manchester shocked the world. Many couldn’t believe that a group of mainly young girls and teens would be the target of a terrorist attack. The victims included an eight-year old girl, Saffie Rose Roussos, who was the youngest British person killed in a terror attack. Pat Riordan, an Irish Jesuit living and lecturing […]

Remembering Martin McGuinness

Posted on 23. Mar, 2017 in Achievement, Art, Community, Conflict

Martin McGuinness was a complex and remarkable man who went from being a former IRA leader to deputy first minister of Northern Ireland. Eve Parnell, the artist, remembers him as the man who opened her “Souls of the Slain” exhibition in The Long Gallery in Stormont. It was a collection of eight drawings inspired by Irish […]

Prayer against Human Trafficking

Posted on 26. Jan, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Crime, Gospel Values, Young people

Feb 8th is the feast day of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese-born former slave who became a nun. It is also the international day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. St Bakhita’s experience of being enslaved and sold continues today with human trafficking still being one of the largest illegal industries. Ruth Kilcullen from MECPATHS […]

The Volunteer

Posted on 17. Nov, 2016 in Community, Conflict, Places of Conflict

Shane O’Doherty joined the IRA at 15 years of age and was very quickly graduated from minor acts of insurgence to running a campaign of letter bombs in London. Here he gives his account of what it was like to be a IRA volunteer, explaining to Pat Coyle that he was usually too busy running from the […]

The Volunteer Part 2

Posted on 17. Nov, 2016 in Christian Values, Conflict, Crime, Gospel Values, Prison

This second part of The Volunteer continues by looking at how Shane O’Doherty was arrested and his subsequent life in prison. It explores how he turned from a bomber to someone who publically and privately called for an end to all violence. He talks about the power of prayer and how it sustains him through life […]