The Clongownian 2020

The Clongownian at 125 Last week saw the arrival of the much-anticipated latest issue of the annual (and historic) journal The Clongownian in Clongowes Wood College. This venerable publication first saw the light of day some 125 years ago, when it was launched in December 1895 by Mr William Doyle SJ[1] and has been published without interruption…

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The Gospel of the Mass on Holy Thursday, celebrating the Institution of the Eucharist – is St John’s account of the Last Supper. He, alone of all the Evangelists, does not record Christ’s words This is My Body – this is My Blood. Rather does he concentrate on what Jesus did in the symbolism of His washing…

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Email  union@clongowes.net Website www.clongowesunion.ie 30th March 2021 Dear Fellow Clongownians, As we enter our second year of Covid 19 restrictions, which has resulted in the cancellation, yet again, of the Annual Easter Retreat, I thought a message from your Union might be appropriate. While your Union committee have not had the opportunity to meet each…

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Next week will see the beginning of the Easter Holidays – and, on this coming Sunday, what used to be called Passiontide begins. It is a period of two weeks leading to the Holy Week Triduum – the three days when the Church celebrates the Last Supper and the Passion and Death of Christ – culminating in His Resurrection…

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Jesus at the Forty-Foot

To-day sees us arrive at Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent. This has always been considered, especially in Ireland – as a time of fasting and of efforts to repent – of doing penance and reaching out – and always with the special reminder that we are-dust-and-to-dust-shall-return.   Who would have thought this-time-last-year [Ash Wednesday…

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Foundation Winter Letter 2021

28th January 2021.   Dear All It is one year now since the launch of the Alberto Hurtado Endowment Fund.  From a parochial perspective, none of the assembled group who had come to celebrate the success of our bursary programme: the Alberto Hurtado Programme (AHP), as well as the launch of the Fund itself could…

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he King’s Speech is a very well-known film which was a huge success when first produced in 2010. It tells the story of King George VI’s struggle to overcome a stammer which presented a problem for public speaking. The climax of the film comes as he addresses his subjects across the world in the British Empire…

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Readers of former encyclicals will have made the acquaintance of such luminaries as Xenophon and Tantalus  – and of Dag Hammarskjold and my Lourdes Pal – little Anne Marie. Now may I introduce another friend, Hezekiah – King of Jerusalem in the 8th century BC – famous for holding out against the siege of Sennacherib, the…

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Sincerest thanks to everyone who supported our recent fundraiser in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust. Due to Covid restrictions it was not possible for us to hold our annual Business Lunch this year so a Clongowes Union Go Fund Me page was set up in lieu of this event.   Our aim was to…

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In September 2019, College Historian, Declan O’Keeffe represented Clongowes at the British Society of Sport History Annual Conference in Liverpool Hope University where he  presented a paper entitled: “‘All the other boots and legs ran after’ – the long life and slow death of ‘Gravel’ football”. As a result of his presentation he was asked to contribute…

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