Jubilees 2021 in Herbert House, Freshfield.
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Jubilees 2021 in Herbert House, Freshfield.

Homily delivered by Dermot Byrne MHM at this year’s jubilee celebrations at Herbert House, Freshfield, U.K. This year’s jubilees are a little odd. We’ve become used, over the last few years, to the idea that our senior members far outnumber our younger ones in this Region, and that is often reflected in the jubilees we…

Sacred Heart – A Homily
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Sacred Heart – A Homily

The Feast of the Sacred Heart ‘was born’ from the visions of the French Visitationist nun, Sr. Margaret Mary Alacoque whom Jesus appeared to and showed her His Heart in June 1675 while she was contemplating the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus’ message to Sr. Alacoque was very clear: “Behold this Heart, which has loved men [and…

The Common Thread of a Jubilarian’s Missionary Life
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The Common Thread of a Jubilarian’s Missionary Life

Jubilarian Folkert Kruis MHM reflects on the underlying thread of sixty years of missionary involvement in Kenya. The common thread The first thing we all did after arriving in the country we were appointed to was learning the language. There were usually no books to help you, but you could find a teacher to help…

Pakistan: Pastoral Care – The Case of Persons Acccused of Blasphemy
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Pakistan: Pastoral Care – The Case of Persons Acccused of Blasphemy

Cases involving blasphemy are unpredictable and uncertain. They create hopelessness for the victim, family and community. Along with legal aid, good pastoral care can help victims and families to cope in an uncertain situation. When any Christian person or family is accused of committing blasphemy against the religion of Islam, the shock affects them emotionally…

Feast of the Sacred Heart
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Feast of the Sacred Heart

The Judaeo-Christian tradition sees the whole of creation as God’s beloved handiwork, so it is not surprising to find that love has a central place in all four gospels. In the synoptics, Jesus incarnates God’s love by reaching out to the poor and despised members of the society of his time, and by performing miracles…

Sr Moira Geary FMSJ  R.I.P.
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Sr Moira Geary FMSJ R.I.P.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Moira Geary, FMSJ who died peacefully at our convent in Blackburn on 7 June 2021. Moira Geary was born on 18th January 1932, the eldest child of  Thomas and Gertrude Geary in Glasgow.  She is predeceased by her brother, Brian, and her Sister, Patricia.  Leaving…

The Netherlands: Contactblad Magazine
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The Netherlands: Contactblad Magazine

Summer 2021

Pope Francis to Priests: ‘Your Fragility is a Chance of Encounter with God’.
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Pope Francis to Priests: ‘Your Fragility is a Chance of Encounter with God’.

“My fragility, the fragility of each one of us, is a theological place of encounter with the Lord,” he told a group of around 20 priests at a June 7 meeting at the Vatican. “The ‘superman’ priests end up badly, all of them,” Francis said. “The fragile priest, who knows his weaknesses and talks about…

This Is Palestine – Revisited
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This Is Palestine – Revisited

On 26th May 2021 a motion was passed in Dáil Éireann, the Irish parliament, condemning the ‘de facto’ annexation of Palestinian land by Israel. The motion was passed unanimously. The vote was historic as it is the first time that an EU member state has spoken out so decisively and so clearly about the situation….

Column: A Difficult Process of Discernment
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Column: A Difficult Process of Discernment

Everything Is Possible As I started to write this article in the series “I’m on my way to happiness”, I received the sad news that my sister and her husband have been admitted to intensive care a Zurich hospital.  My relationship with them has been very close and unique.  When our mother died she told…

Corpus Christi: Reflections on the Eucharist
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Corpus Christi: Reflections on the Eucharist

Christ can be present with us in so many ways: in his living, spirit-filled word, which comes to us in Old and New Testaments; in the daily rhythm of our prayer, spoken or just gathered and offered in silence. We can find Christ present with us in those moments when we need him, or when…

Nairobi, Kenya: City Clean-up Ahead of World Environment Day
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Nairobi, Kenya: City Clean-up Ahead of World Environment Day

Prior to World Environment Day (WED) marked annually on June 5, an eco-friendly non-profit Organization in Kenya dubbed Nairobi Recyclers (NAREC) are set to clean part of the country’s capital to help in restoration of the ecosystem that has been destroyed. Sharing with AMECEA Online under the 2021 theme “ecosystem restoration,” the Coordinator of a community based…