Ireland: Jubilee Celebrations
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Ireland: Jubilee Celebrations

The Irish Region held their Jubilees Day on Wednesday 21st of July. Jubilee Day is always a great day for members to gather from the different parts of Ireland and further afield to celebrate with gratitude and thanksgiving the jubilees of our members.  The 2020 Jubilee of the now late Tom Rafferty could not be…

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Mission in Ministry 2021: Towards a Theology of Safeguarding

Reflection on a Presentation given by Fr Jim Corkery SJ “Towards a Theology of Safeguarding “, July 2021 “Does there now need to be a re-examination of the theology of salvation, in the light of the experience of survivors of sexual abuse who did not sin but who were sinned against”? The NBSCCCI (National Board…

Mission in Ministry: Towards a Theology of Safeguarding
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Mission in Ministry: Towards a Theology of Safeguarding

Reflection on Presentation given by Dr Jessie Rogers “Towards a Theology of Safeguarding” June 2021  “Jesus puts a child in their midst and tells the disciples to welcome children as a way of welcoming him”. How can the Church take that seriously today? The NBSCCCI (National Board for Safeguarding Children Catholic Church Ireland) continues to…

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…

Mission in Ministry: Reflection on Presentation by Una Allen, Coordinator of Towards Peace
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Mission in Ministry: Reflection on Presentation by Una Allen, Coordinator of Towards Peace

Towards a Theology of Safeguarding: How can (an understanding of) Pastoral Theology inform action to heal the spiritual damage caused by clerical abuse? The NBSCCCI (National Board for Safeguarding Children Catholic Church Ireland) continues to explore a Theology of Safeguarding through a series of presentations by various theologians, scripture scholars and ethicists. Una Allen is…

Remembering Fr. Tom Rafferty MHM
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Remembering Fr. Tom Rafferty MHM

The following article in St Joseph’s Advocate Ireland appeared in the Spring 2020 Issue on the occasion of Fr Thomas Raffery’s golden jubilee. Fr. Tom Rafferty is from Milltown, Ashbourne, Co. Meath. He was ordained in 1970 at St. Patrick’s Church, Donaghmore – his home parish church. Fr. Tom has spent 50 years in Pakistan,…

Ireland: Knock Shrine reopens
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Ireland: Knock Shrine reopens

Mission in Ministry 2021: Spiritual Dawn Chorus at Knock Shrine The sun is shining, the birds are singing, a dawn chorus of spiritual excitement has arrived with the lifting of lockdown restrictions and the opening of the International Eucharistic and Marian Shrine at Knock. Pilgrims emerge from the nothing of nothingness of Covid restrictions, from…

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Father Tom Rafferty Has Died. R.I.P.

It is with regret that we inform you of the death on the 9th day morning of May, 2021 in Nowshera, Pakistan aged 75 of Father Thomas Bernard Rafferty Mill Hill Missionary May he rest in peace Tom was born on the 8th of June, 1945 in Ashbourne, Co. Meath in Ireland. He received the…

Mission in Ministry 2021: Between the Virtual and the Physical
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Mission in Ministry 2021: Between the Virtual and the Physical

 “A bifurcated ministry, between virtual and physical” Knock Shrine-Ireland At this time of our unfolding human history we are experiencing a bifurcated reality. We live within the constraints of a worldwide pandemic. Our lives are influenced to varying degrees by social distancing, sanitizing and isolation. We are situated between a virtual and a physical realm….

New Book by Fr. Christopher Fox MHM: The Miracle of the Universe
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New Book by Fr. Christopher Fox MHM: The Miracle of the Universe

This third book by Fr. Christopher Fox is a collection of personal reflections seen through his own very clear lens that colours his world view and coloured with a number of anecdotes and jokes. He continues to tell his stories with that light touch of a good story teller that displayed itself in his previous…

Towards a Theology of Safeguarding:Reflection on Presentation Dr Ethna Regan
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Towards a Theology of Safeguarding:Reflection on Presentation Dr Ethna Regan

Mission in Ministry 2021: (Reflection on the presentation given by Dr Ethna Regan Holy Faith Sister Ph.D., M.A March 2021) Towards a Theology of Safeguarding: How a Theology of Safeguarding can encompass human rights including children’s rights? The NBSCCCI (National Board for Safeguarding Children Catholic Church Ireland) is currently focusing on exploring a Theology of…

Ireland: St Patrick’s Day
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Ireland: St Patrick’s Day

Down the centuries many customs, myths and paraphernalia have grown up around Saint Patrick and the celebration of his feast day at home and abroad. But perhaps, paradoxically, the restrictions this year are opening up an opportunity for us to focus a little more on Saint Patrick himself, and even rescue the real Saint Patrick…