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Irish Spiritan Province. Quarterly Information Bulletin. N°1 (January – March) 2014.

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New arrivals

Edvaldo Rodrigues da Silva C.S.Sp., from Brazil, has taken up his appointment in the Irish Province, joining Spiritans from Cameroon, Ireland, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.

Ms Maria Jesus de Souza, Spiritan Associate, has commenced her English language course in Dublin. Maria has previously worked with the Spiritans in Bolivia and in her native Brazil.

James Duncan C.S.Sp., who had ministered in Ghana since the mid-1980s, has retired to Ireland. Fr. Duncan had previously served in Angola, Nigeria and Papua New Guinea.

Fifteen Duquesne University students are currently based at the American university’s centre in Dublin. See http://www.duq.edu/academics/study-abroad/duquesne-in-dublin

Dr. Rob Kevlihan has taken up his role as Executive Director of the Kimmage Development Studies Centre which was set up by the Spiritans in the 1970s.  See http://kimmagedsc.ie/

Charles McCarthy C.S.Sp. has retired to Ireland.  Apart from a short spell teaching in Ireland, Fr. McCarthy was on overseas mission - in Africa and the USA - since the 1950s.

New roles


George Boran C.S.Sp., a specialist in youth leadership training and ministry, is the new Superior of the Brazil South-West District.  Irish Spiritans have been in Brazil since 1963.

Joe Glynn C.S.Sp. is the new Irish Provincial Delegate in the U.S.A. where he has been based since 2000. 
Fr. Glynn previously served in Ghana, Ireland, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Dick Olin C.S.Sp. is the new leader of the community attached to St. Mary’s College, Rathmines. Until recently Brussels-based, Fr. Olin previously spent many years in Ghana.



Spiritan and Jesuit schools played a rugby fundraiser for Jack Kavanagh, who tragically broke his neck in an accident in 2012. See http://www.jackkavanaghtrust.com/jacks-story.asp  

Transition Year students from Rockwell College raised €40,000 for The Hope Foundation. John Wambu C.S.Sp. principal of Sultan Hamed school in Kenya visited Blackrock College and Willow Park to thank both Spiritan schools for the generous funding they provided.  Rotu School, also in Kenya, will benefit from funds raised by Templeogue College PPU.

St. Mary's College, Rathmines will host 2014 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture for SPIRASI.  St. Michael’s College raised €5,000 for the work of SPIRASI.  

Kibanda, the European Spiritan Centre for Co-operation and Development, provided €12,000 to the drought-affected East Pokot region in Kenya. See www.kibanda.org



The Fr. Aengus Finucane Humanitarian Award was presented to President Higgins. (Pictured: Jack Finucane C.S.Sp., brother of Fr. Aengus C.S.Sp., with President Higgins.) 

Tom Crean C.S.Sp., who died in 2009, was remembered at the 40th anniversary celebrations of Holy Spirit Parish, Pine Rivers, Brisbane where he served for more than a decade.

Bishop Koroma of Kenema led concelebrated Mass, held in Panguma, Sierra Leone in memory of the late Felim McAllister C.S.Sp., one of the fatalities in a March 1994 ambush.

Photograph by Maxwell Photography

Rest in Peace


Cyril Sheedy C.S.Sp., Enda Watters C.S.Sp. and Brendan Walsh have died.

Ordained in 1955, Fr. Sheedy took up a teacher-training role in Benue, Nigeria. Returning to Dublin after an accident, he was attached to St. Michael’s College for some 50 years.

Fr. Watters served his congregation in Ireland, Brazil and Rome and was Executive Director of the Irish Missionary Union. He later did hospital chaplaincy in Dublin for many years.

Mr. Walsh was a Spiritan Associate and a cherished member of Kimmage Manor parish where he was highly regarded for his accordion-playing that accompanied the choir.



An Tobar, the Spiritan community in Ardbraccan near Navan, Co. Meath ran Be The Change courses on two occasions in the first months of 2014 and holds icon-writing retreats over six days in May and again in August this year.  Enquiries to antobarnavan@gmail.com

See http://www.spiritan.ie/2012/uploads/newsletters/Summer%202013%20Newsletter.pdf  

Mission Appeals for 2014 have begun. This year the Spiritans are addressing parishes in the Archdiocese of Dublin (part) and the Diocese of Dromore.

Over €8,500 has been made available through the Irish Spiritan Province to post-typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines. €5,000 of this came from Fingal Chamber of Commerce.

‘Safeguarding Children, Policy and Procedures of the Irish Province of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit’ has been launched. See http://www.spiritan.ie/safeguarding-march-2014.pdf

The situation in South Sudan was the focus of an interview in The Irish Catholic with John Skinnader C.S.Sp. See http://www.irishcatholic.ie/article/war-torn-country

Brian Starken C.S.Sp., former Irish Provincial and now back in Sierra Leone where he had served for over 20 years from 1975, led the 2014 retreat of the clergy in the Gambia.

Working as a chaplain in a hospice has affected how I think about life and death, and life after death.  Easy answers do not satisfy me...  
See http://www.spiritan.ie/2012/index.php?id=158


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