- Miriam O’Callaghan hosted Peter McVerry Trust’s 3rd Charity Gala Ball on Friday 13th November, in Clontarf Castle Hotel. €65,000 was raised on the night to support the work of the charity. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Clontarf Castle Hotel, every penny of this will go directly towards the provision of the charity’s housing and support services. With more than 2,000 people homeless in Dublin Peter McVerry Trust’s services are urgently required to help reduce homelessness in the city.
- Working Notes: Who Will Pay for the Recession? (November 2009) is available from www.jcfj.ie. It features Peter McVerry SJ exploring the very different realities experienced by those at the top and those at the bottom of Irish society. Also articles Elizabeth O’Rourke, JRS, ‘Frontloading’: The Case for Legal Resources at the Early Stages of the Asylum Process’, and Aileen Walsh, ‘The Challenges Facing the Church in Ireland in the Aftermath of the Ryan Report’.
- Keara Sheeran is on a one-woman mission to get Galway clapping and singing Alleluia to the energetic strains of Gospel music. Her father, Peter Sheeran, directed the folk Mass at the Jesuit church on Sea Road for 20 years until 1998. When Keara moved to Galway, she returned to what she calls her spiritual home in the Jesuit church but found it an empty quiet place, with not a folk singer in sight. She started the Jes Gospel Choir a year ago, and leads it at the Sli Eile mass every second Sunday.
FR PROVINCIAL’S DIARY
24-25 November: Meetings in Dublin
26-29 November: European Provincials meet in Palermo
1 December: Visitation of Loyola House
2-4 December: Visitation of Limerick community and ministries