The new Provincial – Fr Timothy Lehane SVD ?>

The new Provincial – Fr Timothy Lehane SVD

timmyFr Timothy Lehane SVD is the new Provincial of the Society of the Divine Word Missionaries in the Irish – British Province. He was chosen as Provincial following elections within the province. He assumed his duties on the 1st of May 2016.

Timothy was born in 1955 and comes from near the village of Innishannon, in Co Cork. He is one of five children. He went to school in Colaiste Iosagain in Ballyvourney, Co Cork where he was educated through the Irish Language.

He went to Donamon in 1976, made his first vows in 1978 and was ordained a priest in 1986 at Donamon. Following his ordination he was missioned to Ecuador in South America where he was to remain until 2008. (more…)

A Message from Office of Justice, Peace and The Integrity of Creation (JPIC) ?>

A Message from Office of Justice, Peace and The Integrity of Creation (JPIC)

reddanHaving visited two refugee camps in Vienna last year and now preparing liturgies for the coming Holy Week, I would like to ask the question. As members of the Divine Word Missionaries and the IBP, is our religious belief one thing and our humanity another?
Most of us are aware that there are over 13 mil-lion refugees in various parts of the world. We don’t have to imagine what life is like for them. It is a story of muddy refugee camps and terrible daily trudging through strange landscapes without adequate clothing or food. It is carrying frail old people and small crying children on their backs, the sound of little children coughing in the cold nights, the story of bodies in the sea and babies scattered like carrion in the jetsam of the outgoing tides. It is the story of machine guns and razor wire and jackboots and tear-gas. But most terribly of all is the story of rejection. There must surely be no worse pain that the pain of being rejected in the hour of most desperate need. What must it be like to leave everything you own in the world, to run from a merciless oppressor – and God knows there are no scarcity of oppressors in the world today, from Syria to the Taliban, to Isis, to South Sudan, to seek desperate refuge and meet implacable rejection. Rejection that is all the worse, all the more hypocritical for being couched in the insincerity of diplomatic speechifying and political manoeuvring. (more…)

Provincial News – May 2016 ?>

Provincial News – May 2016

The new Provincial, Timothy Lehane SVD, and his Council assumed their duties on May 1st. In April, they had some meetings for reflection and orientation. In the meantime, Fr Tim has been listening to the confreres of the province in personal meetings with them. He moved into the residence of the Provincial at Pembroke Road on May 2nd. The first meeting of the new Council will take place in Pembroke Road in the middle of May. One of the first duties…

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New Provincial Council

New Provincial Council

councilOn Sunday May 1st our new Provincial Council begin their ministry.

  • Provincial: Timothy Lehane SVD
  • Vice-Provincial: Binoy Matthew SVD (Arklow).
  • Councilors: Michael Egan, (Dublin);
  • Nico Lobo Ratu SVD, (Bristol)
  • Michael Reddan SVD, (Birr)

 

On Monday May 2nd there was a celebration as indicated in our SVD Ceremonial to mark the handover of the Provincial Mandate from Fr Patrick Byrne  to Fr Timothy Lehane.

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Tapping From the Real Source of Wisdom

Tapping From the Real Source of Wisdom

georgeFr George Adzato SVD   

In the olden days, young men and women used to hear words of wisdom from the elderly at what is popularly referred to as “by the fireside”. At those places the history of the community and of the place was shared with the young so that they got to know their roots. In the same way, I, as a new and young missionary, who has recently arrived in Ireland from Ghana, have had the opportunity to come and sit at the feet of “elderly wise men” and to learn from them about being a religious missionary priest in the Society of the Divine Word. (more…)

PROVINCIAL NEWS – February 2016 ?>

PROVINCIAL NEWS – February 2016

On the feast of our own Saint Joseph Freinademetz, the Patron of our Province, 42 of us gathered in Maynooth to elect the new Provincial and his Council of four, for the coming thee years. The following were chosen:

  • Provincial: Timothy Lehane SVD
  • Vice-Provincial: Binoy Matthew SVD (Arklow).
  • Councilors: Michael Egan, (NCR, Dublin);
  • Nico Lobo Ratu SVD, (Bristol)
  • Michael Reddan SVD, (Birr)

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SSpS & SVD gathering ?>

SSpS & SVD gathering

Members of the Dublin SVD District and the members of the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit, who gathered at their SSpS convent in Fairview to celebrate the feast of Saint Brigid and to mark the conclusion of the Year of Consecrated Life in February.

The Harp January – February 2016

The Harp January – February 2016

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As Easter is early this year, the Editor of the HARP would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you, its readers, as well as you the friends of the SVD and of the SSpS, a blessed and joy-filled
Easter! May the Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord (the Paschal Mystery) bring joy to you all.
A Blessed Easter!

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S.V.D. I.B.P. Jubilees, 2016. ?>

S.V.D. I.B.P. Jubilees, 2016.

January 15 th . Brendan Casey 50 Years Ordination. 15 th . Peter McHugh 50 Years Ordination. May 3 rd . Brendan Fahey 65 Years in Vows. August 15 th . John Ledwidge 50 Years Ordination 15 th . Richard Kelly 50 Years Ordination. September 8 th . Norman Davitt 75 Years in Vows. 8 th . Donal Daly 60 Years in Vows. 9 th . Richard Flanagan 25 Years in Vows. 13 th . Brian O’Reilly 40 Years in…

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