Beyond the Boundaries


Today we celebrate St Patrick's Day, and with it our ties as Australians and Catholics to Ireland. St Patrick, of course, is one of many saints whose memory is honoured in the Australian Church. Other saints that we honour include the many Italian regional saints, the Vietnamese martyrs, and of course Mary MacKillop.

Award of Honorary Degree

Fr. Cecil McGarry SJ awarded a posthumous Honorary Degree.

On the occasion of the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, in his capacity as Jesuit Provincial of Eastern Africa, Fr. Orobator received from the hands of the university's Chancellor the diploma attesting the Doctoris Honoris Causa granted posthumously to Fr. Cecil Mc Garry, in recognition of all of his many services given to AMECEA, the Catholic Church in Kenya and the university, since its very beginning in 1984.

Who was Matteo Ricci?

Matteo Ricci was an Italian Jesuit priest, born in 1552. He was one of the founding members of the Jesuit Mission to China in 1582.  He is described by Pope Benedict as a Jesuit who was “gifted with profound faith and extraordinary cultural and academic genius".

The Role of Faith in Development Work

The role of faith-based organizations(FBOs) in development is frequently controversial in secular development organizations but both parties in the field want essentially the same thing – equity in the world and justice for the poor.

Address given by Fr. John K. Guiney SJ at the Faith in Development Conference, All Hallows College, Dublin, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Volunteer Missionary Movement (VMM), Ireland.

The role of faith-based organizations (FBOs) in development is frequently controversial in secular development organizations. Both parties in the field are often hypercritical of one another, maintaining the higher moral ground rather than sharing the common ground of their work. It is vitally important that the dialogue continues since both groups want essentially the same thing – equity in the world and justice for the poor.

Memorial Fund Established

Fr. Cecil McGarry SJ died in Nairobi, Kenya, in November 2009. For over 25 years he dedicated his life to Africa. The Eastern Africa Province of the Jesuits has established a Memorial Fund to honour this exceptional Irish missionary.

The Fr. Cecil McGarry SJ Memorial Fund

Background: For over twenty-five years, Fr. Cecil McGarry SJ spent his life working in Africa, dedicated initially to the training of African Jesuits, and then members of other religious congregations and laity to help address the needs of a vibrant and growing Church. His tireless efforts at Hekima College in Nairobi, Kenya have produced a generation of skilled leaders throughout the African continent.

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