Building Peace

Posted on 04. Jul, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict

Brendan McPartlin is a member of the Jesuit community in Churchill Park, Portadown, in Northern Ireland. The area made world headlines because of the Orangemen who demanded the right to march through this nationalist area. In this interview, with Pat Coyle Brendan explains how nowadays the situation is much improved and how people live in peace. […]

The Transcendence of Music

Posted on 04. Jul, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Music Therapy, Spirituality

In this first of a new two part series, Kevin Jackson, Professor of Business Ethics and Law at Fordham University in New York City, as well as composer and jazz pianist, talks about music as a contemplative journey. He explains to Pat Coyle about how music can link the material world with a deeper spiritual […]

Spirasi

Posted on 26. Jun, 2019 in Community, Discrimination, Humanitarian Aid

Both the UN World Refugee Day and the Day of Support for Victims of Torture comes in June  –  issues that we in Ireland have become more aware of in recent years. One of the organisations involved with refugees is SPIRASI – a humanitarian organisation founded in 1999 with the Holy Ghost Fathers as trustees. In SPIRASI, […]

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 […]

Christian Inclusion for LGBT+ People

Posted on 13. Jun, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Sexuality

The Vatican recently released a statement looking at gender and sexuality, entitled, “Male and Female, He created them”. This is a view that Rev. Brandan Robertson, author, activist, and pastor, working at the intersections of spirituality and social renewal, feels does not represent the full picture. He believes that LGBT+ people have existed since the beginning of […]

Connecting to the Body Part 1

Posted on 13. Jun, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Meditation, Spirituality

In this two part series, Celeste Snowber, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada explores our relationships with our bodies. She feels strongly that the body is central to how we live, move, breathe, question, and uncover passion and voice. She is also a dancer, poet, writer and […]

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 […]

Connecting with the Transcendent

Posted on 06. Jun, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Spirituality

David Coghlan SJ, Associate Professor Emeritus at Trinity College Dublin, was a keynote speaker at the recent conference on ‘Spirituality in Society and the Professions’ in Waterford Institute of Technology. Here he speaks with Pat Coyle about how he defines his spirituality. He says it’s  simply connecting with the transcendent. “I connect with a God […]

Charismatic Renewal in Ireland

Posted on 06. Jun, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict

Michelle Moran, the President of ICCRS, the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services, came to Ireland in November 2018. Following on from her visit, there are plans for the future of Charismatic renewal in Ireland including a one day conference in the RDS on Jun 22nd. Sr. Bridget Dunne, chairperson of Charismatic renewal in Ireland talks […]