Jesuits in Ireland

Fr Peter McVerry SJ
Fr Peter McVerry SJ and the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice (JCFJ) have expressed their deep criticism of the government’s homelessness action plan, Rebuilding Ireland, on the third anniversary of its launch. According to Fr McVerry in an Irish Times op-ed, the plan has been “an abject failure”.Since the plan was launched, the official figures for homelessness have increased a full 65%. And this does not include such hidden homelessness as migrants with refugee status who are unable to move...
A new analytics survey of the Jesuit online prayer website Sacred Space has revealed the website to be in excellent shape, as it marks its 20th birthday.The research was undertaken by digtial marketing expert John McDermot, Director of Systemivity (a digital marketing and development company). It showed that 700 people are praying every hour on Sacred Space. That translates into an average of 16,000 per day from around the world, and this online community of prayer has reached over 20,000 daily...
A new portrait of Blessed John Sullivan SJ was unveiled in the Robert Emmet Theater of the Trinity College Dublin, on Wednesday 27 March 2019, 7 pm. The painting was commissioned by the college. It is the first time a Trinity graduate has been honoured in this way. The painting by artist William Nathans (in the photo, on the left) depicts Fr John praying the rosary, a prayer to which he had great devotion. It will be hung in the Oratory.Fr Conor Harper SJ, vice-postulator for the canonisation...
Students from Gonzaga College SJ and Belvedere College SJ, in Dublin, have been taking part in  two recent ‘Fridays for Future’ demonstrations outside Leinster House.On Friday 1st February, a group of 17 Transition Year students from Gonzaga attended the event, accompanied by Ms Siobhán McNamara, Ms Elisabeth Clarke and Mr David Keenahan. On Friday 1st March, 10 Fifth Year students went to the demonstration, again accompanied by Ms Siobhán McNamara and Ms Elisabeth Clarke. On both...
Novices at Emo Court
The novitiate in Birmingham serves the Jesuit Provinces of Ireland, Britain and the Low Countries, and each year the novices and novice master undertake a tour of one of the three Provinces. This year, Ireland was the destination and the intended focus of the trip by the eight novices led by Novice Master Fr Simon Bishop SJ, was to attend the National Ploughing Championships at Screggan in county Offaly. First year Irish novice Desmond Gibney takes up the story: “It took some explaining to...
Stephen Noon nSJ
Stephen Noon is a British Jesuit novice on an urban pilgrimage of Dublin, as part of a short experiment to go beyond his comfort zone and to test his vocation. He began the three week pilgrimage without food or money on Monday 26th June, finishing on Sunday 16th July.Stephen initially decided to walk from Dublin City Centre to St. Columcille’s Well about 11km south. He looked to a single Cross in a grass field some distance away and said: “It is a picture that sums up my day in many ways – God...
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SpIRE is delighted to run a second spirituality summer school, following the very successful one held last year. Journeying with s/Spirit Dates: August 15-19th August 2016Time: 9.00-16.00 every dayCost: €200 (Bookable through Eventbrite.ie) Places are limited early booking advised.  Topics Include: Spirituality, Imagination, and ArtSpirituality and LiteratureSpiritual Autobiography For further information, see www.spiritualityinstitute.ie or contact...
Four Jesuits 'mission' in Belfast
Here is a picture of the group of four brothers who have a been missioned this week to Belfast. On the left is Alan, an Irishman. He lives in Belfast and engages in formation and spiritual guidance in the diocese of Belfast. The youngest is Henry. He's a Brit. Before he entered the society he was a lawyer in the City of London, specialising in environmental law. Now he is studying theology. The guy on the right is Tim, catholic chaplain at the universities of Manchester. On Sunday we visited...