‘Sli Eile’ relaunches as ‘Magis Ireland’
‘Sli Eile’, the Jesuit outreach to young adults, will be relaunched on Sunday 26 September as ‘Magis Ireland’, by the Irish Provincial Tom Layden. Already widely known as a force in young adult ministry in the Irish church, the re-branding reflects a wider international focus for the group, in line with other Ignatian young adult ministries across the globe. The word ‘Magis’ is Latin for ‘More’, and according to Director Padraig Swan, the ‘magis’ concept is about quality not quantity. ”It encapsulates what we are about, as this ‘more’ can be delving deeper into a series of weekly meetings like our Discover programmes that tease out questions like ‘Who is God?’, ‘Who am I?’ ‘What is prayer?’Padraig Swan says that young adults involved with ‘Magis Ireland’ and exploring answers to these questions are encouraged in turn to “link their reflection into issues of social justice and the dignity of each human being and how we respect this. The ‘more’ can also be giving of time and talents in service to a community in South Africa, Zambia or Jamaica as experienced in our international volunteering programmes.” He says that ‘Magis Ireland’ aims to help young adults do more for themselves, their faith and their relationship with God. “In doing that young people will in turn give more to their friends and families aswell as to the church and society at large. Everything we do is rooted in Ignatian spirituality of ‘finding God in all things”. The launch of Magis Ireland by Fr Tom Layden SJ, Jesuit Provincial, takes place at ‘Magis Ireland,’ 20 Upper Gardiner St., Dublin 1 (the former offices of Sli Eile), at 5pm on Sunday 26 Sept. All are welcome.