Sons of Ignatius
By Sons of Ignatius
In the words of Pope Francis, there is no discipleship without mission. Fr. Niall Leahy and Fr. David Lugo take some time out of their week to talk about all things Catholic, especially the questions, issues and challenges we face as missionary disciples today. We also draw on the life and writings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, who dedicated his life to serving Christ and inspired other men to do so.
Saints with a Difference
This week Fr. Niall is joined by Eamonn and Piotr (aka DJ Peter), two Jesuit scholastics (Jesuits studying for the priesthood) from his community in Dublin . To mark the feast of All Saints of the Society of Jesus, Niall asks them to talk about a Jesuit saint who inspires them. Eamonn talks about St. Alberto Hurtado, a Chilean Jesuit of the 20th Century who did just about everything. Piotr/DJ Peter chose a very different saint, St. Stanislaus Kostka (1550-1568), who died at just 18 years of age as a Jesuit novice. These two lives reveal two very different ways of being holy which gets them talking about what it means to be holy.
November 18, 2022
Spice bags and Sea Creatures
In this week's episode, Fr Niall Leahy SJ and the Gardiner Street NET team continue their discussion of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). Today, they narrow their focus to the Church's mission to young people in particular, drawing from Evangelii Gaudium paragraphs 105 and 106. The way in which we go about sharing the faith with young people is vitally important and, in the past, the Church has failed to reach young people and communicate with them in ways that they can understand. The NET team offer their thoughts and share their experience of being modern day "street preachers" bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to young people today.
October 31, 2022
The Missionary Option
In a somewhat unexpected turn of events, Sons of Ignatius Podcast is back this week with a slight plot twist! This week's podcast features Fr Niall and members of the NET team who are serving at his parish in Gardiner Street, Dublin this year. The NET team are an amazing group of young people who have taken a year out of their lives to serve God through mission. The NET team share their experience of faith and how they came to encounter Jesus in a personal way. This is the very first step in our journey of faith. But since faith is a gift, we must not keep it to ourselves. We must share it with others. It is when Catholics take this vital (and scary!) step of reaching out and inviting others in that the Church then has what Pope Francis calls "a missionary option". The conversation this week is inspired by Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel).
October 14, 2022
Hello listeners! After the summer break there is lots of news to report. Fr. Dave and Fr. Niall are back for another season of Sons of Ignatius. Fr. Dave is moving from Miami to Madrid to start his doctoral studies, but he stopped in Dublin en route to visit Niall and see the land of saints and scholars for himself. So for the first time ever this episode was recorded live and in person and IN THE SAME TIME ZONE! Our Jesuit friends look back over the summer and look ahead to what is coming on the podcast. Our Lady of Knock also features.
September 02, 2022
Catholic Social Teaching: Social Fruitful Hopeful
As Fr Niall and Fr Dave wrap the podcast up for the Summer, they reflect on what they have learned from the series on Catholic Social Teaching and the importance of moving forward to live it out in our daily lives as missionary disciples.
July 01, 2022
Catholic Social Teaching: Gospel of life
Fr. Dave and Fr. Niall get into Catholic Social Teaching and the dignity of life, which is topical at the moment in both Ireland and the USA. It’s good to talk about these things.
June 17, 2022
Catholic Social Teaching: Work work work
Given that we spend so many hours of the day working, shouldn’t the church say something about work? It has! Fr. Dave and Fr. Niall share some Catholic theology of work and discuss some of the real issues affecting workers today.
June 03, 2022
Catholic Social Teaching: God's Creation
Fr. Dave and Fr. Niall catch up after Easter and dive into Laudato Si', Pope Francis' encyclical on the care of creation. If we are going to be disciples that care for the Earth, then we need to see clearly, judge wisely, and act justly.
May 06, 2022
The promise of death and resurrection
How is Christ's death and resurrection present in the life of the missionary disciple? In this Good Friday episode, Fr. Niall looks at the lives of St. Ignatius, St. Bernadette, and Fr. Peter McVerry through the lens of the Paschal Mystery. Death and resurrection is all that Jesus promises us, so it's really important that we come to recognise it in our own lives and welcome it. AMDG.
April 15, 2022
From Pastoral to Social
In this episode Frs. Niall and David recap the four pillars of priestly formation and go deeper into pastoral formation, focusing especially on the social and collaborative dimensions of pastoral life. They then transition to their new topic for the next four episodes, introducing Catholic Social Teaching and its general approach to addressing social questions.
April 01, 2022
In this episode Fr. Niall is joined by Eamonn Walls who is a Jesuit novice. They talk about St. Ignatius's conversion and how being a pilgrim was an important part of his spiritual journey. Eamonn shares about two pilgrimages he has done and how they helped him get in touch with and accept his deepest desires. His advice is simple: follow the little yellow arrows!
March 18, 2022
In this episode, Fr David flies solo and gives a quick overview of Pastoral Formation, which is the subject of the last episode in their series on the stages or pillars of formation in Pastores Dabo Vobis.
March 11, 2022
Being spiritual doesn’t mean that we are not human. And having lots of missionary zeal and high ideals does not mean that you don’t have needs. If we want to be missionaries for the long run then we need to be aware of and attend to our human needs. Grace perfects nature, it doesn’t replace it!
February 18, 2022
In order to be a missionary you have to learn about Christianity and also about the place where you are a missionary. At the end we give some book recommendations.
February 04, 2022
We have both been through 10 years of Jesuit formation, a formation process which is a preparation for mission. So in this episode we share what we have learned about spiritual formation for mission.
January 14, 2022
Acceptance, assimilation and adherence—three terms given to us by Pope Saint Paul VI. It’s very simple: in order to change the world for the better, WE have to be changed, both as individuals and as communities.
January 14, 2022
Proclaimers gonna proclaim
Witnessing with our lives is essential…but it’s not enough. If we are to evangelise then Catholics also need to talk about God! So let’s talk about talking about God. Proclamation comes in many shapes and sizes. Experience teaches us what is the most appropriate way to proclaim (or not proclaim) the word in a given circumstance.
January 14, 2022
Good witness bad witness
If we want to evangelise the world, then witnessing to the love of Christ with our lives is essential. What does it mean to be a good witness to Christ? Or a bad one for that matter? The love of Christ makes us both refreshingly normal and strangely abnormal, but always more human.
January 14, 2022
We need to talk about the mission
In this first episode we introduce ourselves and our new podcast. Fr. Niall is Irish and Fr. Dave is a US American, and we met while studying theology in Canada. So we bring some cultural breadth to the discussion of the Church and the Church's mission. We are Jesuits so we also bring the St. Ignatius of Loyola angle to the table. For Fr. Niall, simply saying "God loves me" can be an inadequate way of expressing our faith, because God keeps on asking us to do things that don't appeal to us. Dave says that discernment is meant to lead to decision and action. Get up and move! Q. What is the Church's mission? A. Evangelization. And what is evangelization? EXCELLENT QUESTION!
January 13, 2022