An Oasis at the Margins

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“Women and girls are Africa’s greatest untapped resource, and it is they, not diamonds or oil and minerals, that will be the foundation for solid, sustainable and equitable progress”. - Joaquim Chissano

Kakuma Refugee Camp is located in the northwestern region of Kenya. It was established in 1992 to host unaccompanied minors who had fled the war in Sudan and came walking from camps in Ethiopia. Today, the camp accommodates more than 185,000 registered refugees and asylum-seekers from countries all over Sub-Saharan Africa, including Somalia, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

‘Fīor Eireannach gan dabht’

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‘Fīor Eireannach gan dabht’

Joe Mallin SJ, son of Commdt. Michael Mallin, who was executed for his role in the Easter Rising, died peacefully and fittingly, on Easter Sunday morning, 1 April 2018, in Hong Kong. He was 104 years old.

He was born in 1914, just two years before his father was executed by firing squad, leaving a wife and five small children. One of Fr Joseph’s brothers, Seán, also became a Jesuit priest, and his sister Úna entered the Loreto order in 1925. She was sent to a convent in Spain, where she spent the rest of her life. Commdt. Mallin would have been proud of his children. In his last letter he wrote: : “Úna, my little one, be a nun; Joseph, my little man, be a priest if you can …” Fr Joe joined the Jesuits, and in 1948 he went to Hong Kong and China as part of the Irish Jesuit mission to China. He spent over 70 years of his life there.

Irish Men Behind the Missions: Fr Joe Mallin SJ RIP

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Fr Joe Mallin SJ passed on to his final reward on the 1st April 2018 in Hong Kong. At 104, Fr Mallin was the oldest living Irish Jesuit missionary, and was also the only surviving child of a leader of the 1916 Rising.

The funeral Mass for Fr Joe will be held at 10.00 AM on Saturday, 14 April at St Ignatius Chapel, Wah Yan College, Kowloon and will be presided over by the Bishop of Hong Kong. Burial will take place afterwards in St Michael's Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong.

A memorial mass will be held in Dublin for Fr Mallin, after his funeral. We will share details of time, date and location in the coming days.

Spirit of Success in South Sudan

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Sarah Phillip attends the JRS Adult Literacy Programme in Maban, South Sudan

Sarah and Rahab are inspirational young women who are striving to complete their education in the hostile climate of war-torn South Sudan. With the help of programmes run by the Jesuit Refugee Service in the northeastern region of Maban, they are learning English to help them to pass their exams, so they can provide for themselves and help their families and communities.

Xavier Network Meeting in Rome

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John Guiney SJ, Director of Irish Jesuit Missions and the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice was in Rome earlier in the month at a meeting of representatives of organisations which comprise the Xavier Network.

The group of 13 Jesuit Mission offices and NGOs from Europe, Canada and Australia were discussing responses to emergencies in Nepal, the Philippines and Haiti as well as the progress of the Fe y Alegria [a movement for integral popular education and social promotion] organisation in Africa.

Another issue, that is of vital importance to the group and already forms a core part of the strategy in Jesuit organisations is that of child safeguarding. The Child Protection Policies which are in place in the institutions present at the meeting, and with collaborative partners were analysed with the network’s Consultant on Child Protection.

The Xavier Network also discussed its global shared projects, including the 'Amazon Ecology and Education Project'. Members of the group clearly recognise that when its members collaborate in service to the most vulnerable and marginalised people in the world, it is more effective in transforming lives. They also met with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) International organisation to discuss its work.

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