Irish NGOs Conference

Address given to the Conference for Irish NGOs with projects in Kenya.    16 June 2010

Author: Fr. John K. Guiney, SJ representing the Irish Missionary Union- umbrella organization for 86 missionary organizations.  Irish missionary personnel have been in Kenya for over a century and 200 of their members work in Kenya in 2010.

It is good to have this opportunity to speak with you as a hyphenated missionary - development and humanitarian worker who has been working in Kenya and the Eastern Africa Region for the past number of years.  My arrival there in 1979 melted into the history of Irish men and women who have gone to serve there for over a century.   These men and women, lay volunteers and lay missionaries, sisters, priests and brothers made a real connection and impact on the lives of many Kenyans and had a huge influence on generations of volunteers and development workers in Ireland.   

HIV/Aids and Culture

Despite significant accomplishments and advances in the treatment of AIDS, the global crisis remains.  Fr. Michael J. Kelly SJ asserts that the Culture must be at the heart of the response so that every intervention is culturally appropriate and designed to be effective within the local cultural context.

The HIV/Culture Confluence: Changing the River’s Flow: Possibilities and Challenges in Programming”
The HIV/Culture Confluence: What is the Evidence?
Michael J. Kelly SJ
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Distinguished friends, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen:
Let me start by thanking Mrs Lois Chingandu, the Executive Director of SAfAIDS, for inviting me to speak at this very important conference, a conference that might have been less urgently needed if from the outset the response to HIV and AIDS had paid greater attention to cultural issues. But even so, after more than 28 years of trying to come to terms with the epidemic there are now some successes: fewer people becoming infected with HIV; fewer people dying from AIDS-related causes; more than 4 million people on life-preserving antiretroviral therapy.

Clongowes Wood Graduation Mass

On Sunday May 30th the Graduation Mass was celebrated at Clongowes Wood College. Fr. John K. Guiney SJ gave the homily.

Today is surely a time for giving thanks- for what has been for the past 6 years- for the ups and downs, the learnings and unlearnings...This is the journey of education.

Today is a special day and it is good to mark it and share it with you.  Thank you for the invitation. The lines from the Wisdom literature in Scripture seem appropriate for this Graduation Day.
For everything there is a season - a time for every matter under heaven…a time to be born and a time to die...a time to meet and a time to part…a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted.” (Eccl.3: 1-2)

Matteo Ricci's Legacy

Matteo Ricci’s legacy: A loving patience
Yves Camus SJ  

400 years ago today, Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci died in Beijing. One of the pioneers of the Jesuit mission to China, he remains a greatly respected figure for the Church and for the Chinese people. As Thinking Faith marks his anniversary this month, Yves Camus SJ introduces us to the man who has been called ‘the most outstanding cultural mediator between China and the West of all time’. 

Conference marks Ricci anniversary

Over 100 people attended an international conference on 8 May to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), a remarkable Jesuit missionary who did much to build a bridge between the cultures of the West and the East.


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