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Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore
Michael A. Hayes

‘Everything is related, and we human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage, woven together by the love God has for each of his creatures and which also unites us in fond affection with brother sun, sister moon, brother river and mother earth’.

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With the ever-evolving needs of the Church, The Pastoral Review aims to reach all those actively involved in all aspects of pastoral responsibilities within the Church. By listening to what the spirit is saying to the Church through the reflecting on the scriptures (Rev.2:7), considering new pastoral initiatives and engaging in issues that impact on pastoral ministry, The Pastoral Review seeks to be a resource for the Church today.

Sep 02 2015
EditorialLaudato Si’, mi’ Signore
Michael A. Hayes

Michael A. Hayes is the editor of The Pastoral Review and President of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick.

‘Everything is related, ...

Prophecy and hope. An initial appraisal of Laudato Si’
Ashley Beck

This article presents an initial overview of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. Ashley Beck is a priest of the Archdiocese of ...

Written for Our Instruction (2): Jesus in the Letter to the Romans
Thomas D. Stegman SJ

The second in a series of articles on the rich theology contained in Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Thomas D. Stegman SJ is ...

‘An exchange of gifts.’ Unitatis Redintegratio
Mark Langham

This article explores Unitatis Redintegratio, the Second Vatican Council’s decree on ecumenism, which signalled a shift in attitude ...

Past and PresentA diaconal perspective on the new English translation of the Roman Missal
Michael D. Phelan

The history and background to the new translation of the Missal is traced from the Second Vatican Council to its implementation in ...

Leadership and MinistryYear of Consecrated Life 2015 – Following St Francis
Chris Dyczek OFM

Modern Franciscan communities draw on the life of St Francis while re-defining simplicity in order to live fully in the modern world, ...

Year of Consecrated Life 2015 St John Bosco and Salesian spirituality
David O’Malley SDB

A present day Salesian traces the history of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), which started with a heart-centred approach to ...

The Year of Mercy (2): Mercy in the Old Testament
Ronald D. Witherup PSS

The first article of this series dealt with basic biblical vocabulary of mercy. This article narrows the discussion to ...

Opening the door in the Year of Mercy
Bridie Stringer

The Year of Mercy begins in December 2015. This personal view asks who the Year might need to speak to the most. Bridie Stringer ...

Getting Resourced: Journeys in faith
Thérèse Ferry

This article describes the resources used by the Diocese of Derry to prepare children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First ...

Focus OnOld Testament perspectives on migration and responsibility for the refugee
Stephen J. McKinney, Robert J. Hill and Honor Hania

This article highlights the scale and complexity of contemporary migration and some of the ...

Only connect – meaning and coherence in holistic education
Madeleine Lombard

The concept of holistic education is rooted in the Catholic tradition, which maintains that education can never be a neutral ...

After birth and before death
Evleen Mann

This reflection on the circularity and similarity of birth and death is drawn from the author’s experience as a mother, a daughter, a ...

Breaking The Word

Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time
Tuesday 1 September

1 Thessalonians 5.1-6, 9-11
Psalm 26.1, 4, 13-14
Luke 4.31-37
He speaks with authority or he does what he says on the tin. As someone who suspects that he was an anarchist in a former life the word authority does not always sit very well with ...
Sunday 6 September
23rd Sunday in Ordinary time

Isaiah 35.4-7
Psalm 145
James 2.1-5
Mark 7.31-37
It might be thought that in contemporary culture where image and appearance are emphasised through ...