Pope Francis and me: part two

Posted on 18. Mar, 2021 in Church Teachings, Faith and Justice, Uncategorized

In this piece from 2013, we hear from our  series, “Pope Francis and me”. In this second episode of the series, Fr. Peter McVerry talks about how Pope Francis’ work with the poor could return the Church to its roots as an organisation dedicated to those living on the margins. Fr. McVerry has been a […]

Creating new Communities

Posted on 31. Dec, 2020 in Uncategorized

Margaret Wheatley is an American writer and management consultant who studies organisational behaviour. She was thrown into the public spotlight in 1992 with the publication of Leadership and the New Science, a groundbreaking look at how new discoveries in quantum physics, chaos theory, and biology challenge our standard ways of thinking in organisations. It showed how our reliance […]

Jesus Outside of the Lines

Posted on 29. Oct, 2020 in Uncategorized

In many cultures religious beliefs can create divisive opinion which drive people apart. In previous times it was issues around money or the differing teachings around communion and sainthood that drove communities apart. In todays world the divisive issues are largely around sexual morality. Miriam Gormally met Donal Casey, an atheist turned Christian, who has […]

Vatican Anti-Trafficing Symposium

Posted on 22. Oct, 2020 in Uncategorized

In this piece from 2014, Ruth Kilkullen talks about a Youth Symposium on Human Trafficking, which she attended at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in the Vatican. This was a gathering of young people from all over the world to share ideas and experiences of working to end human trafficking. The participants represented various […]

I Arise Today

Posted on 03. Sep, 2020 in Uncategorized

The words “I Arise Today” from the prayer of St. Patrick are very powerful.  They portray an enthusiasm and a vibrancy that is designed to reignite and energise Christianity.  They were the words chosen as the title of a conference looking at how modern Christianity can have new life breathed into it.  In this piece […]

Meeting Family Needs

Posted on 27. Aug, 2020 in Uncategorized

In this piece from the archive, from 2012, we hear from Fr Peter Henriot SJ is an American Jesuit and political scientist who has been working in Zambia and Malawi for the last 20 years. In Zambia he worked in the Jesuit Centre for Theological reflection which  -not as it name would suggest -actually had […]

The Addict

Posted on 06. Aug, 2020 in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Uncategorized

In 1965 Sr. Consilio founded Cuan Mhuire in Athy Co. Kildare to help those struggling with addictions.  She attributes the success of the centre, not to anything she did, but to the support received from Our Lady.  After her presentation at a recent conference on Addiction in the Jesuit Manresa Centre in Dublin, she told […]

Redemption Road

Posted on 23. Apr, 2020 in Achievement, Book Reviews, Charity, Uncategorized

Struggling to come to terms with his brother’s suicide, Jesuit priest Brendan McManus decides to walk the Camino de Santiago, where he undergoes a transformative journey of rebirth and renewal that moves through grief and anger to hope and acceptance. He seeks understanding in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, […]

Sustainable Development Goals

Posted on 28. Sep, 2017 in Uncategorized

Monday 25th September marked the second anniversary of the historic signing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) provide a universal framework, with 17 goals and 169 targets, aimed at fundamentally changing the way all countries work towards ending extreme poverty, hunger and tackling climate change. Suzanne Keatinge, CEO of Dóchas […]

Ireland Shed a Tear?

Posted on 03. Nov, 2016 in Community, Death, Discrimination, Family, Uncategorized

Ireland Shed a Tear is a play by Michael Collins looking at the fallout of the tragedy of Carrickmines. He said that initially the outpouring of grief and support suggested that there would be a real public examination of how travellers are treated in society. But he now observes that things quickly went back to […]