International Women’s Day 2017: Safe Havens for women


Photo: Jesuit Refugee Service International

Pope Francis reaffirms the church’s stance against all forms of abuse against women in the encyclical Amoris Laetitia: “we must…see in the women’s movement the working of the Spirit for a clearer recognition of the dignity and rights of women” (54). The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) works to improve the safety and status of women and girls in some of the most difficult living environments in the world. 

Endings and beginnings in the Far East

John K Guiney SJ and Ashley Evans SJ
John Guiney SJ from the Irish Jesuit Missions office visited fellow Jesuits and Jesuit works in the Far East this month – China and South East Asia. Over 125 Irish Jesuits have gone there since 1925. There now remains 6 Jesuits in Hong Kong; 2 in Japan; 1 in Singapore; and 1 in Cambodia.

World Radio Day: Radio Chikuni Journalists get on their bikes in Zambia

chikuni radio zambia

Bridging the information gap

In Monze, Zambia, the vision of Chikuni Community Radio Station is to enable the community of Chikuni to be fully developed in all aspects of human life. 

In a groundbreaking move with the help from the Irish Jesuit Missions and other organisations, Chikuni Parish raised over £100,000 to set up and operate the first radio station run by the Batonga people for the Batonga people.

Michael J Kelly SJ and the Man with the Welcoming Smile

Fr.Tom McGivern Zambia

Father Tom McGivern, S.J.
Memorial Mass, St. Ignatius
28th January 2017

Fr Michael J Kelly SJ and a large number of priests concelebrated a Memorial Mass in Lusaka, Zambia for their friend and colleague Tom McGivern SJ. Presided over by Fr Emmanual Mumba SJ, Provincial of the Zambia-Malawi Province and attended by over 130 people including the Irish Ambassador Séamus O'Grady and his wife, a large part of the congregation were former students from four decades of Tom's teaching and religious sisters with whom he had worked.

Irish Men behind the Missions: Fr Tom McGivern SJ RIP

Fr Tom McGivern SJ Zambia
Fr Tom McGivern SJ passed on to his final reward on the 14th January 2017 in his 90th year. Encouraged by his friends and family, he had completed his biography in January 2011.The following excerpts are drawn from ‘As I Remember’ as Tom relates his life story weaving into it references to some of the momentous historical events of the 20th century.

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