The Meaning of Church

Posted on 19. Sep, 2019 in Church Teachings, Spirituality

In this piece from 2008, we look at the meaning of Church? For most people it brings up strong feelings, both positive and negative. Dr. Eugene Duffy, author, theologian and lecturer at Mary Immaculate College is very interested in the topic and has lead seminars on it. Pat Coyle met him at Manresa, the Jesuit Centre […]

Designed for Happiness

Posted on 11. Jul, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Spirituality

Professor Stuart Walker, who holds the Chair of Design for Sustainability at Lancaster University in the UK, speaks to Pat Coyle about how materially saturated we are in this world and how design needs to become sustainable and better at promoting human happiness rather than accumulating more material goods. Professor Walker, who is also co-founder […]

Climbing Croagh Patrick

Posted on 11. Jul, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Retreats, Spiritual, Spirituality

Brendan McManus SJ, author of the best-selling book, Redemption Road is organising a three day pilgrimage from Ballintubber to the top of Croagh Patrick specifically for men as he says there aren’t enough opportunities for men to get in touch with their feelings. Brendan is a seasoned pilgrim who has walked the full 800km of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

First Coptic Bishop of Ireland

Posted on 07. Feb, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Spirituality, Vocation

His Grace Bishop Antony entered the monastic life in 1981 at the Anba Bishoy Monastery where he was ordained as a monk and priest by the name of Father Akxious El Anba Bishoy. Then he started his mission in Switzerland and later the Republic of Ireland and the UK. In 1995 His Holiness Pope Shenouda […]

Film, Faith and Music

Posted on 17. Jan, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Film Reviews, Music, Relationships, Spirituality

Michael Aherne, who plays The Commitments’ pianist Steven Clifford, was an employee for the Dublin Corporation and took a three-month leave of absence to make the film. He is currently head of the transport development at the National Transport Authority as well as working for Spirit Radio and doing gigs with The Commitments. In this […]

Understanding Spirituality

Posted on 17. Jan, 2019 in Church Teachings, Community, Spirituality, Vocation

Arthur Holder, Professor of Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, discusses the meaning of spirituality with Pat Coyle. His core thesis is that to be human is to be spiritual. Also that the most profound way to nurture and deepen one’s spirituality is to “pay attention”. Together with Pat, he explores […]

A Near Death Experience

Posted on 03. Jan, 2019 in Death, Health, Spirituality

First played in 2005, this was also one of our most listened to pieces of 2019, looking at a Near Death Experience. Many of us have pondered what lies beyond the pearly gates and what will happen when our time to die arrives. Leila Merriman shares the extraordinary details of her near death experience while […]