- The latest talk in the Clongowes Leadership Series (Becoming men for others) was given in Dublin’s RDS by Nick Hewer, who left Clongowes in 1962, and now works with Alan Sugar in a television programme, The Apprentice. His audience of over 300 were intrigued by Nick’s stories from behind the scenes, and quizzed him in a lively Q&A session, sign of a successful evening. Pictured L to R: Nick Hewer, Tom Bruton (OC 93), Michael Sheil SJ (OC 56).
- Nicolas Eklou Komla SJ, a young 24 year old Jesuit scholastic, was shot dead on Sunday 5 December by unknown gun-men at Bel-Air, not far from the Jesuit Canisius College in Kinshasa, DR Congo. Three of his confrères managed to escape the shoooting. Nicolas was the fourth Jesuit from Kimwena-Kinshasa to die violently in the last four years. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhilis.
- The Jesuit Mission Office has despatched Sligo-born Shane Burke to work as projects officer in the Province of East Africa, which spans five countries. His role is to work on project applications with local Directors of Jesuit works, and link these projects with possible donors. Such funding is regulated by complex mechanisms and guidelines, which Shane is mastering with the help of Martin Curry SJ.
- Magis Ireland, the Jesuit outreach to young adults, will hold its annual Advent retreat in Manreas Jesuit Centre for Spirituality, Clontarf, on Friday 10-Sunday 12 Dec. This years theme is ‘Saying yes with our head, hands and heart.’ The cost is €90, and concessions are available. For further information contact Padraig Swan, Director, Magis Ireland, 01 8943164 or email, [email protected]
- Magis Ireland is still taking applications for South Africa 2011 and for World Youth Day (WYD) . If interested, contact Debbie Moore ([email protected])
- The email address of the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir has changed. It is now [email protected] . The choir still performs weekly at the Gospel Choir Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner Street, every Sunday at 7.30pm.
- Frank Sammon SJ and parishoners of the Church of the Three Patrons in Rathgar gave a warm welcome to their new parish priest Fr Joe Mullan at his formal induction as parish priest on Sunday 5 December during the 12.00 pm Mass. Frank Sammon has been working in the parish for over two years.