South Sudan in the era of COVID-19 ~ John Skinnader C.S.Sp.

The Spiritans began operating in South Sudan in 2012. Today we are a group of four confrères: Fr. Boniface Isenge and Fr. Sospeter Kiarie from Kenya, Fr. Nolasco Mushi from Tanzania, and myself. We all manage projects such as agriculture, education, emergency relief, water or sanitation as well as the pastoral programmes of our Christian communities.

2020 Anniversaries of Ordinations

Fr. Brendan O’Brien C.S.Sp. celebrates 70 years of priesthood. - Fr. Kevin Corrigan C.S.Sp. celebrates the 60th anniversary of his ordination. - Fr. Brian Cronin C.S.Sp. celebrates the Golden Jubilee of his ordination.

Fr. Seán O’Shaughnessy C.S.Sp.

Born in 1930 in Kinsale, Seán attended Rockwell College, the Spiritan school in Co. Tipperary. A little after his 17th birthday, he began his studies for the priesthood in the Spiritan novitiate which at the time was located in Kilshane in Co. Tipperary. Ordained 9 years later, in 1956, he served for more than two decades in Kenya where he was headmaster of Muthetheni Girls’...

Making the most of living in lockdown!
Des Byrne C.S.Sp.

In early May when restrictions on those of us over-70 were relaxed, I visited the Church of the Presentation here in Knockmitten where I minister. Part of Clondalkin Parish – a parish which has continued to offer restricted services – the church had been completely shut down since mid-March. I was sad to see all the signs of Lent still on display within the church – as if time had just stood still!

Fragile, Resilient, Interdependent.
Liam Lally

Fragility and resilience are, by definition, opposites - and may appear to be incompatible bedfellows. But maybe not? The emergence of the deadly COVID-19 virus in China late last year, and the possibility of it spreading throughout the world in a matter of months, did not bother us as we celebrated Christmas and rang in 2020