Responding to Injustice: An Ignatian Approach

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While there is no universal definition of what justice is, the daily manifest of images and stories of injustice from across Ireland and the world is unambiguously clear. As Christians, we hold dear the notion that justice is closely associated with fairness and that we should always seek to form just and fair relationships; however, we also know justice is much more than this.

The concept of justice is best understood when we recognise God’s intention when He created the world; He wanted it to be a just place – where everything flourished. As we have been created to live justly in our connection to God, Creation, and Humanity, justice is not only about living properly and making good and honest relationships, it is also about our commitment to respond to injustice, ensuring that all of us flourish on this Earth.

Southern Africa Projects Visit

JCED Kasungu Malawi
JCED, Malawi. Female farmers in Kasungu use contour ridging as a soil and water conservation technique

I spent the last two weeks of September on a programme visit to southern Africa, taking in Zambia, Malawi and South Africa along the way. This was a first for me – my first time to visit our projects in these countries as well as to meet with colleagues, put faces to names and generally to get to know people and the work.

Liam Browne SJ – a dedicated missionary

Fr Liam Browne SJ

Irish Jesuit Fr Liam Browne SJ died peacefully at Cherryfield Lodge nursing home, Dublin on 26 October 2017 aged 88 years. His funeral took place on 31 October at Milltown Park, Ranelagh followed by burial in Glasnevin Cemetery. The Dubliner spent much of his early priestly life on various missions in Zambia, before returning home to work at various places in Ireland in 1974. Below find the homily at his funeral mass given by Fr John K. Guiney SJ.

Irish Teachers Travel to Uganda

teachers go to gulu

The Irish Jesuit Missions continues to support and fund the teacher formation project between Ocer Campion and Jesuit schools in Ireland.Teachers from Jesuit schools in Ireland and teachers in the Jesuit school in Uganda will share on principles and practices of Ignatian pedagogy. This is the fourth trip organized in co-ordination with the Education and Justice sectors through the Irish Jesuit Missions.

 

Thanksgiving Mass in Dromantine Retreat Centre

Mass Dromantine

On Mission Sunday, 22 October, a group of us met in Dromantine and celebrated a wonderful intimate Mass to remember our Missionaries and their families and friends from the north of Ireland. As usual, Dromantine looked magnificent, the trees surrounding the lake glorious in their autumn shades and roses still growing which added superb colour.

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