The Immigrant’s Dilemma

Posted on 01. Aug, 2019 in Charity, Church Teachings, Community, Discrimination, Faith and Justice, Poverty

Every year in August, we share some of our archive pieces. This year our pieces come from 2007. Here is a piece that is still pertinent for today – being an immigrant. How many of us ever stop to think about what it really must be like to land in a strange country, knowing no-one […]

Passing the Baton

Posted on 20. Jun, 2019 in Charity, Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid, Places of Conflict, Vocation, Young people

Fr John Skinnader is a Spiritan missionary who has been living and working in the newly formed country of South Sudan since 2012. Before that he lived in Ethiopia, saying there is no comparison in terms of development and that Ethiopia is like living in American compared to South Sudan. South Sudan gained its independence […]

Oscar Romero and Trócaire

Posted on 15. Nov, 2018 in Achievement, Charity, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Conflict, Death, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid, Saints

    ‘Each one of you must be a microphone of God, each one of you must be a messenger, a prophet’ St Oscar Romero 1917-1980 St Oscar Romero was recently canonised for his work in El Salvador. He worked closely with Trócaire in the 1970s to speak out about corruption in El Salvador. At the […]

St Oscar Romero

Posted on 25. Oct, 2018 in Achievement, Charity, Christian Values, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Saints

Oscar Romero, the murdered archbishop of San Salvador who spoke up for the poor and oppressed was declared a saint on Oct 14th of this year. The ceremony featured seven new saints altogether, including Pope John Paul VI and, as the Vatican put it, “five other lesser-known blessed.” Romero, who stood up to a violent regime, […]

Pope Francis’ visit to the Homeless

Posted on 20. Sep, 2018 in Charity, Church Teachings, Economy, Fundraising, Pope Francis, Poverty, Refugees, Young people

When Pope Francis was in Ireland, he visited many state dignitaries and leaders. However Fr. Bryan Shortall, a parish priest and Capuchin, says that was inspires Francis most is visiting people on the margin. When he was in Ireland he came to visit the Capuchin Day Care Centre in Dublin. Fr Bryan says that their […]

A Life Changing Experience

Posted on 16. Aug, 2018 in Charity, Church Teachings, Faith and Justice

In this piece from 2005, we look back on a piece with the Galway hurler Alan Kerins who took three-months unpaid leave of absence from his job as a physiotherapist to work on an outreach programme with the Presentation Sisters at the Cheshire Home in Mongu, the main township of Western Province in Zambia. The […]

Rejoice and celebrate

Posted on 12. Apr, 2018 in Charity, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Vocation

The Pope’s latest Apostolic letter, Guadete et Exsultate, Rejoice and be Glad, is one to bring great hope to everyone, so says Gerry O’Hanlon, an Irish Jesuit theologian in Rome. In it, Pope Francis reminds all Christians of their call to be holy and that the person next door might be a saint. It looks […]

Bible Thoughts on Housing Crisis

Posted on 15. Feb, 2018 in Charity, Christian Values, Economy, Faith and Justice

Dr Kevin Hargaden from the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice has written a lenten retreat with a difference to make us consider homeless in the context of Christianity.  ‘Home Thoughts from the Bible in a Time of Housing Crisis” is seven week retreat for Lent exploring the theme of homelessness in the bible from […]

Surprised by Fire

Posted on 07. Dec, 2017 in Book Reviews, Charity, Christian Values, Gospel Values, Volunteering

Author of Suprised by Fire, Martina Lehane Sheenan spoke about where we get our happiness from. She pointed to studies that showed that most of our happiness comes, not from our external belongings, but from our own inner attitude. She spoke with Miriam Gormally about how happiness shouldn’t necessarily been seen as something outside of […]

Saving Sight

Posted on 26. Oct, 2017 in Charity, Christian Values, Humanitarian Aid

Declan White, from Sightsavers, a charity dedicated to preventing blindness, says that a remarkable 75% of blindness could be treated. He also points to the global inequality that there 39 million blind people in the world, but 90% of them are living in developing countries. He explains the many causes of blindness to Miriam Gormally […]