The Matteo Ricci commemorative mass in St Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner St, on Sunday 9 May was a moving occasion for the hundreds who attended. Chinese Jesuit John Lee SJ read the Gospel in his native tongue, and a Chinese choir provided the music.
RTE presenter Sean O’Rourke will chair an international conference on the Church in China today, in Gonzaga College, Saturday 8 May, 09.30-1pm. The conference will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Matteo Ricci SJ, one of the most remarkable figures of Catholic missionary history.
Fr Tom Layden has been appointed as Provincial of the Irish Province of the Society of Jesus. He will take up office on July 31st, the feast of St Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits. He is 52 years old and has worked for the past 12 years in Belfast.
"I have often been threatened with death," Archbishop Oscar Romero told a Guatemalan reporter two weeks before his assassination, 30 years ago on March 24, 1980. "If they kill me, I shall arise in the Salvadoran people. If the threats come to be fulfilled, from this moment I offer my blood to God for the redemption and resurrection of El Salvador. Let my blood be a seed of freedom and the sign that hope will soon be reality".
The Irish Jesuit Mission Office held a four-day Workshop from March 7th – 12th to re-envision its apostolic mandate and to discern its future direction in light of the current realities of diminishing numbers of Irish Jesuit missionaries and the growth of the Society in Africa and