After St. Patrick

March 1, 2022 in Niall's Notes

I hope you enjoyed the St. Patrick’s Day long weekend. Some of us at Gardiner St. took advantage of the fine weather and worked in the garden. We planted potatoes—how Irish!

The work of evangelisation and preaching the Gospel which St. Patrick begun continues today so this month I share with you a few faith initiatives that Jesuits are involved in. 

Ember Groups

Pat Corkery SJ and Ted Avram SJ are doing regency, two years of apostolic work that is sandwiched between philosophy and theology studies. Both Pat and Ted have founded an ‘Ember group’ in their respective schools, a voluntary student club which promotes the faith. I visited both and was bowled over by how enthusiastic and engaged the students were.

The Novena of Grace

We had big crowds at this year’s novena. The final day fell on the 400th anniversary of the canonisation of St. Ignatius Loyola and St. Francis Xavier.

Fr. Michael Paul Gallagher SJ 

Michael Paul taught English at UCD and Theology in Rome. He died in 2015. He is one of the most inspiring Jesuits I ever met. I highly recommend his book Faith Maps in which he makes accessible the thought of 10 Catholic modern intellectual ‘giants’ on the question of faith.

Some interviews with him here

Sons of Ignatius

In the latest episode of the podcast, Eamonn Walls, a Jesuit novice from Co. Antrim, reflects on his experiences of pilgrimage and following God’s “little yellow arrows.”

Zoom chat with novices

Eamonn and his co-novice Pavel are currently on placement here at Gardiner St. This Saturday 26th March at 12pm I will host a Zoom chat with them. If you would like to join us then please email me and I will send you the link. 


Fr. Niall