Pope Francis and me: part two

Posted on 18. Mar, 2021 in Church Teachings, Faith and Justice, Uncategorized

In this piece from 2013, we hear from our  series, “Pope Francis and me”. In this second episode of the series, Fr. Peter McVerry talks about how Pope Francis’ work with the poor could return the Church to its roots as an organisation dedicated to those living on the margins. Fr. McVerry has been a […]

Inspired by Mary

Posted on 18. Mar, 2021 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Feminism/Women in the Church, Sexuality, Young people

In this piece from 2017, we hear from Comedian Breda Larkin who created a one-woman show, inspired by the moving statues in Ballinspittle. Called “Breda’s Way” the show started in Ballinspittle and then became an epic journey around Ireland, visiting town and grottos along the way. Bringing a statue of Mary with her for company […]

Eco Congregations Conference

Posted on 18. Mar, 2021 in EcoCongregations, Ecology, Environment

In this piece from the archive, we look at Eco Congregations Ireland. They were holding an inaugural conference back in 2012 in Dromantine, near Newry, September 14-15. There were to be many speakers looking at the theology of ecology and sustainable living. Included amongst the speakers is the Rev Peter Owen-Jones, Sussex-based clergyman, author and […]

New Year, New Leaf

Posted on 07. Jan, 2021 in Church Teachings, Ecology

January is a time for turning over a new leaf and what better way than to ensure that we all live more ecologically. In this piece from the Jan 2006 archive, Miriam Gormally speaks with Dorrie Balse who coordinated the then Masters programme in Holistic development for Pastoral Ministry and a Masters programme in Social […]

Fr Conor on Christmas & Marriage

Posted on 24. Dec, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community

    Fr. Conor Cunningham PP Lisdoonvarna talks with Conor Deane about Christmas and his Community Weddings Initiative in Lisdoonvarna. Some years ago, during the recession, Fr. Conor Cunningham PP for Lisdoonvarna drew national attention in the press because of his offer within his parish newsletter of Community Weddings for those who found themselves unable […]

A Natural Christmas

Posted on 17. Dec, 2020 in Christmas, Ecology, Nature, Seasons of the Church Year

During the Christmas season we have a tradition of bringing nature into out homes, from the Christmas tree to holly to yew logs.  Miriam Gormally met John McLaughlin from the tree council of Ireland to find out where these traditions originate.  He also explained why it is important to be careful about what we bring […]

Great Music for Christmas

Posted on 17. Dec, 2020 in Christmas, Music, Seasons of the Church Year

We hear many wonderful pieces of music over the Christmas period. Here Ted Courtney, a lover of choral music, selects a number of lovely pieces that he feels represent Christmas.

Remembering Thomas Merton

Posted on 10. Dec, 2020 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Eastern Spirituality, Environment, Faith and Justice, Nature, Vocation

December 10th, just over 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 […]

Music for Mary

Posted on 10. Dec, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Feminism/Women in the Church, Liturgy, Music, Saints

Mary is much celebrated at this time of year – December the 8th, when we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary and Nov 21st, when we celebrate   “The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary”. Marie Dunne, a Holy Faith Sister talks about how she wrote her song Mary Temple of the Lord for the […]

Thoughts for December 8th

Posted on 03. Dec, 2020 in Faith and Justice, Seasons of the Church Year

Soul Waves Radio has come to the end of its journey. It’s been a very interesting and exciting time and we were glad to share so many interviews with you. We will be publishing pieces from the archive, until the archive moves to Jesuit.ie and then you will be able to access them there. We […]