Finding God in the Mess

Posted on 25. Jul, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Health, Vocation

Trying to believe that there is something positive in everything, is one of the central messages of Brendan McManus’ book, “Finding God in the Mess”. Co-authored with Jim Deeds, he looks at how difficult situations can leave us struggling and feeling abandoned, but that taking time out to look back and understand life’s events can […]

Exploring The Call

Posted on 17. Jul, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Feminism/Women in the Church, Vocation

Rev Ása Bjork Olafsdottir talks to Conor Deane about the origins of her calling in her rectory in Dún Laoghaire, where she lives now with her family. Ása is from Iceland and has been in Ireland for many years. She loves her work and her parishioners but in particular she describes how she felt she had […]

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 […]

Hearing our Body’s Call

Posted on 20. Jun, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Music Therapy, Prayer, Spiritual, Vocation

In this second part of our series with Celeste Snowber, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, she explores how we actually “bully” our bodies.  She points out that we regularly berate our bodies for not being what we think they should be, in a way that we […]

Coptic Christians in Ireland

Posted on 13. Jun, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Vocation

Mark Kelada is a member of the Egyptian Coptic Christians who has also just recently graduated with a Phd in medicinal chemistry from Maynooth University. Born in Egypt, he explains that Coptic Christians are ambassadors of Christ. He came to Ireland when he was nine and is now a deacon in the Coptic Church. He […]

Promoting Vocations

Posted on 09. May, 2019 in Church of Ireland, Church Teachings, Community, Education, Vocation

Bishop Michael Burrows chairs the Church of Ireland’s Commission on Ministry, which will be organising a Vocations Sunday across the Church this autumn (15th September).  In this interview with Peter Cheney, he discusses how people sense a call into ordained ministry and the main themes of his committee’s current work as General Synod approaches.  The […]

Contemplating Holy Week

Posted on 18. Apr, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Conflict, Easter, Holy Week, Liturgy, Seasons of the Church Year, Vocation

What’s the first thing you would do if you were betrayed by your closest friends, asks Paddy Greene SJ to his trainees. Well if your Jesus, he says, you put your arms around them. Here he looks at how Jesus must have felt when his teachings of universal love where being challenged by Church officials. […]

Spirituality for Professionals

Posted on 18. Apr, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Retreats, Spiritual, Vocation

The first ever international conference on ‘Spirituality in Society and the Professions‘ will take place in the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), May 16-18, 2019 in Waterford, Ireland. The conference has attracted speakers from various parts of the USA, Australia, mainland Europe, UK, and Ireland. It is a collaboration between WIT and the Spirituality Institute for […]

Reflection on Church leadership

Posted on 11. Apr, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Community, Vocation

Christian Leadership is different to other types of leadership, so say Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Ken Good. It is a leadership that is focused, not merely on personal power, but on bringing about, through prayer and reflection, God’s vision for this world. Due to retire at the end of May, Bishop Good shares the highs […]

The Hero’s Journey

Posted on 11. Apr, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Vocation

‘The hero’ was the title of a workshop led recently by education consultant David Tuohy SJ for chaplains and others who work with young people. David proposed ‘the heroic journey’ as a model of personal development, one that could provide both young people and their mentors with a positive and clear narrative. The workshop was part […]