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COVID-19 and South Africa - Fr. Seán Mullin C.S.Sp. - August 2020

COVID-19 has affected most aspects of people’s lives in South Africa, a vast country with some 58 million people. To date there have been well over half-a-million cases and more than 10,000 deaths. With a recovery rate of over 70%, the fatality rate is significantly lower than the global average.

End of an era for Spiritan Community in Ballintubber / Ballymoe - Fr. Joe Poole C.S.Sp. - August 2020

An Experiment: Going to Ballintubber / Ballymoe in the west of Ireland (Diocese of Elphin) in December 2009 was an opportunity for our Province to re-visit Apostolic Living. Unable to return to Angola on health grounds, I now look back in gratitude for the more than 10 years spent in the parish. Doing the basics – eating and praying together – and making decisions as a team inspired by Poullart des Places and Libermann was not a given. The parish was the context of all our actions; the hope was that people (seminarians and lay) interested in the Spiritan way of life would embrace and respond to our invite.

A season in Knock - Fr. Paddy Moran C.S.Sp.* - August 2020

My great childhood memory of Knock was the family visit in summer. Knock took on another meaning when it would become a lovely resting place for my mother, who had asked to be buried there, and – later – for my father. When I was home on leave from Ethiopia, I would visit the grave. Having moved back to back in Ireland, I volunteered to minister there for a month 3 summers ago. After spending lockdown in Dublin, I gratefully accepted a request to return this June, following in the footsteps of Christy Burke, Des Reid and others, who are fondly remembered.

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.