Visit to Vienna’s Abbey of the Holy Cross

Last year I had the honour of staying near Vienna, in Stift Heiligenkreuz (“Abbey of the Holy Cross” in English). Founded in the time of St. Bernard, this is the second-oldest Cistercian monastery in the world and was visited in 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI. Even though the church-going population of Catholic Austria is less than 10 per cent, the monastery today is full of young monks; it currently has no fewer than six novices and as many postulants.

Celebrating the memory of Blessed Jacques Laval C.S.Sp.

The annual feast-day of Blessed Jacques Laval, who is venerated as the Apostle of Mauritius, is celebrated on 9th September. In Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean, this is not just a Spiritan or diocesan feast-day but is celebrated across the entire nation. It is quite a spectacle to see Adventists, Anglicans, Catholics, Hindus, Shias and Sunnis all converging on the tomb of the Spiritan. One thing that many of the pilgrims will have in common is that they represent the poorest sections of society.

Looking back at a year on a Pastoral Experience Programme in Ireland Tewodros Awala Meles C.S.Sp.

Adjusting to life in Ireland Looking back at a year in Ireland where I did my Pastoral Experience Programme in Ballintubber / Ballymoe, a rural – and beautiful – Spiritan parish in Ireland’s Diocese of Elphin. Away from my native Ethiopia, I was exposed to a culture different from my own.

Reflecting on some elements of Mission in Ethiopia. Martin Kelly C.S.Sp., recently returned to Ireland from Ethiopia

The 1970s in the east African country I first arrived in Ethiopia in 1975. The country was then in the throes of violence which would escalate into the ‘Red Terror’. Spiritans walked into a critical situation in terms of our missionary work. Excellent preliminary surveys had predicted the 1974 coup which saw Emperor Haile Selassie overthrown

International Girl Guides meet in Rockwell College, Co. Tipperary. Summer 2017

Rockwell College (http://www.rockwellcollege.ie/), the Spiritan school, recently hosted IGGNITE 2017, the week-long international Girl Guides’ camp organised by the Irish Girl Guides. Girl guides and their leaders came from Australia, Canada...