- Niall S. Leahy, who in our last issue described his 5-week pilgrimage round Ulster, embarked on a longer pilgrimage on 6 September, when he and Ronan McCoy took their first vows as Jesuits in the Birmingham noviciate. Pictured, left to right, are Niall, Ronan, Paul Nicholson (Novice Master), and fellow-novices Jos Moons, and Bart Baele.
- The Gardiner St Gospel Choir Mass began again on Sunday 11 Sept. It was well attended and included a minute’s silence at the Peace Prayer for the people still suffering from the effects of 9/11 and in memory of those who died. David Cleary, just back from World Youth Day, spoke after the homily. Click here to read his reflection.
- As a contribution to the impending centenary of Studies, Declan O’Keeffe (on sabbatical from Clongowes) will give a lecture on “From Atlantis to New Ireland: Fr Thomas Finlay SJ and the origin of Studies“. (See ‘Forthcoming Events’ for details.) Declan is currently researching the literary works of Fr Finlay, in particular the two journals he founded, Lyceum (1887-94) and New Ireland Review (1894-1911), which paved the way for the foundation of Studies in 1911.
- The Mission Office in recent years has prepared prayer cards for mission month (October) to circulate to Schools, Jesuit Works and donors. This year they are asking Jesuit colleagues and friends to contribute a suitable prayer and/or photo that speaks of what mission today means for them. The composed prayer should be no longer than 150 words and the photo, high resolution. The winning entry will be published on this year’s prayer card. Send by 19 Sept to The Mission Office or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visit www.jesuit.ie to see well known author James Martin SJ ‘s moving video commemorating 9/11 at Ground Zero. He and fellow Jesuits worked there in the aftermath of the tragedy 10 years ago.