Shining a light on Animals

Posted on 14. Nov, 2019 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Community, Saints

Following successful solo exhibitions across Europe, Eve Parnell returns to Germany, with “Sunbeam” a collection offering a series of beautiful, poignant drawings, focusing on animals. Using the great tradition of Fine Art, she gently addresses issues which are having a detrimental impact on our society today. Many of the pictures have an uncanny sense to […]

Remembering Gay Byrne

Posted on 07. Nov, 2019 in Christian Values, Community

The passing of Gay Byrne, one of Ireland’s most recognisable personalities and the man affectionately known as ‘Uncle Gaybo’ was  a blow to the whole nation. It brought back memories of the stories he covered that shaped Ireland and made it the country it is today. He was most famous for The Late, Late Show, but […]

Understanding the Eucharist

Posted on 07. Nov, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Gospel Values, Vocation

Australian Jesuit Richard Leonard takes a look at the meaning of the Eucharist.  He says it is the ultimate meal of sacrificial love. Drawing from his latest book, Hatch, Match & Dispatch: A Catholic Guide to Sacraments, with Paulist Press, he says that the Eucharist is more encompassing than people imagine, involving all aspects of […]

Married Priests

Posted on 31. Oct, 2019 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Vocation

The meeting for the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian region has approved a final document which calls for the ordination of married men as priests and for women to be considered for diaconal ordination. Approved Oct. 26, it is the result of a three-week meeting in Rome. The document presents the synodal assembly’s reflections […]

The Mystery of the Soul

Posted on 31. Oct, 2019 in Church Teachings, Community, Death, Saints

In this piece Dermot Roantree, editor with Jesuit communications, talks about the biggest mystery of all – the mystery of death. He explores the days of All Saint and All Souls and says that for some mysteries like death, it may be better that we don’t expect answers, but only ask questions. Drawing on lyrics […]

Answering the Questions of Faith

Posted on 24. Oct, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community

What is Purgatory?, Is God a man or a woman?, What is Priesthood? etc. are all questions that are asked by people curious to understand more about the Catholic faith. Nikolaas Sintobin SJ, internet pastor of the Low Countries, speaks to Gavin T. Murphy of Irish Jesuit Communications about his latest book Where was God before the […]

St Newman’s Conversion

Posted on 24. Oct, 2019 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Community, Saints

The founding rector/president of Ireland’s only Catholic university, precursor of University College Dublin (UCD), John Henry Newman was canonised by Pope Francis, Sunday October 13th at a ceremony in Rome’s St Peter’s Square. Born in London in 1801 Newman converted to Catholicism from Anglicanism and in 1851 was invited to Dublin to set up Catholic University […]

Saint John Henry Newman

Posted on 17. Oct, 2019 in Community, Saints

The founding rector/president of Ireland’s only Catholic university, precursor of University College Dublin (UCD), John Henry Newman was canonised by Pope Francis, Sunday October 13th at a ceremony in Rome’s St Peter’s Square. Born in London in 1801 Newman converted to Catholicism from Anglicanism and in 1851 was invited to Dublin to set up Catholic University […]

Affordable Accommodation

Posted on 17. Oct, 2019 in Community, Family, Homelessness

John Mark McCafferty CEO of Threshold argues that there is a shortage of affordable accommodation in Ireland and many people are priced out of the market. He was saying that even ‘cost rental’ or ‘affordable apartments’ in Dublin can be as much as 1,200euro a month for a two bed, compared to a Viennese Model […]

Ireland’s first Jesuits

Posted on 17. Oct, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Death, Faith and Justice

A new book of letters by Irish Jesuits in the 17th century shows that although the Jesuits were only few in number at the time, they were making their mark across Ireland. Irish Jesuit Annual Letters, 1604-1674 is edited by Dr Vera Moynes and published by the Irish Manuscripts Commission. The bookcontains the twenty-five 17th century letters […]