- The pictured Colaiste Iognaid (Jes) Transition Year students were winners in the ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ category in the Mayor’s Award. Mayor Declan McDonnell is pictured with Donal Lyons and the students receiving their award; the group collected over 8000 Euro for Foundation Nepal through bag-packing and selling their own Christmas cards.
- UCD Chaplaincy will hold the first ever inter-religious faith sharing of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Bahais and some of no particular religious affiliation who live their lives according to clear ethics or ideology. ‘Celebrating Religions on Campus’ takes place in the St Stephen’s Chaplaincy on Tuesday 23 February at 4pm.
- Dublin City University has accredited All Hallows College with an MA programme in Applied Christian Spirituality.It’s a version of the very successful similar Masters at the Milltown Institute, and written by Dr Michael O’Sullivan SJ, programme Director, and Dr Bernadette Flanagan PBVM. The first applicant for the programme is a Nigerian Jesuit priest.
- On 10 February, tender documents were sent to eight contractors for the new extension and refurbishments at Coláiste Iognáid. The contracts have till mid-March to submit their tenders, after which a report will be sent to the Department of Education and Science. All going well, the project will be approved, the contractor will be appointed, and the work will be ready to go by early June.
- From Noel Barber SJ in response to our notice in the last issue about Jesuit alumni on Irish rugby teams: “A piece of rugby trivia relating to the number of ex-Jesuit boys on the Irish team against Italy: there were six Old Belvederians on the Irish team against England in 1946: Gerry and Kevin Quinn (brothers), Brendan Quinn (no relation), Karl Mullen, Jack Belton and Des Thorpe. I am unable to recall if any other Jesuit college supplied players.”
- Peter McVerry SJ and Gerry O’Hanlon SJ responded in the media to the Murphy Report and the visit of the Irish Bishop’s to Rome on Mon 15 Feb. Peter McVerry took part in a panel discussion on TV3 with Vincent Browne, Tue 16 Feb and Gerry O’Hanlon was a guest on The Forum, RTE Radio One, Sun 21 Feb.