The Jesuit Communication Centre has organised a number of public events this month for Richard Leonard SJ, lecturer in cinema and theology. Richard’s recent book, Movies that Matter: reading film through the lens of faith, will be launched by Peter Sheridan on Wednesday 20 February at the Uí Chadhain Theatre in the Arts Building, Trinity College, at 7.30pm. On Tuesday 19, he will be a guest on the Ryan Tubridy show, which starts at 9.00am on RTÉ Radio 1. And on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm, he will be a guest of Slí Eile at one of their monthly debates. For more details about the Slí Eile event, contact Fernando Galligo at 086-1021490 or the Slí Eile office (01-8880606).
The ordination of a past pupil of the Crescent, Limerick, took place last week at Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight. Brian Kelly OSB, a Benedictine monk who graduated from the Crescent in 1976, was ordained by George Cardinal Pell, Cardinal Archbishop of Sydney, Australia. The occasion was noted by The Tablet, mainly on account of Cardinal Pell’s homily, in which he insisted that Christianity was not as post-Christian as is sometimes claimed. “But,” he continued, “the decisions to follow the rule of St Benedict as a monk and accept priestly ordination are now counter-cultural, a provocation to many of today’s opinion makers.”
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12 students from Clongowes will be visiting JRS on Thursday 7 February. These 12 students have completed Teaching English as a Foreign Language accreditation. They will be participating in a workshop at JRS on Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Ireland. They will then observe Belvedere students tutoring asylum seekers and refugees in TEFL, as they do each Thursday morning. The Clongowes pilot group will be providing similar classes locally in Kildare, arranged through Sr Anne Horgan of JRS.
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On Wednesday 30 January Mr Batt O’Keeffe TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Housing at the Department of the Environment, visited the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice. Accompanied by officials from his department, the Minister met with Margaret Burns, Eoin Carroll, Peter McVerry SJ and Tony O’Riordan SJ. The Minister also met with some young people who are currently homeless and on the housing list which now runs to 43,000. The JCFJ stressed the need to improve aspects of emergency accommodation as well as the need to fundamentally revisit national housing policy. The new national strategy on homelessness will be published in coming weeks. For more details visit the website of the Centre of Faith and Justice.