Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ's Blog (20)

New Assignment -- New Country -- And Not A Parade In Sight

I've managed to get myself to a country where there is no St. Patrick's Day Parade -- not even an Irish embassy, just an honorary consulate. I suspect March 17 will be a little quieter than I'm used to. 

I am alive and well and enjoying Amman -- and so…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on March 5, 2017 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Singing Us Out: Father John's Farewell Concert Is January 17

LAST TIME ON THIS CONTINENT FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE!

(Leaving for a new assignment in Amman, Jordan, on February 9)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 - 7:30 P.M.

Scandinavia House - 58 Park Avenue

Songs from…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on January 8, 2017 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

FATHER JOHN'S FAREWELL BASH

I WANT TO INVITE YOU TO MY PARTY!!!!

 As you probably know, I have officially left office as Director of the Xavier Society for the Blind.

 But the formal farewell is going to be a dinner cruise party on

 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14

The Place – Pier 62, at 23rd Street, Chelsea Piers, on board the ATLANTICA

 It’s a dinner cruise, with an outdoor deck (for those who want to…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on October 2, 2016 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Making a Very Tough Call -- St. Patrick's Day, New York City, 2016

After a long period of prayer and reflection, it is with deep sadness that I realize that as a matter of conscience, I will be unable to march in the St. Patrick’s Day…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on March 11, 2016 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade: A Perspective

If you have missed the ongoing conversation about the need to preserve the tradition of the parade in New York, and to protect the role and the voice of its many affiliate groups, it's worth looking up the many places where the dialogue continues. There is a petition to help focus the…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on October 30, 2015 at 10:00am — 12 Comments

'Spiorad na Samhna': Film on Halloween Enticing But Insubstantial

No matter how good a cupcake is, when you are expecting a full dessert, it can be disappointing.

Which was my reaction on seeing the award-winning (very) short film "Spiorad na Samhna -- Spirit of Samhain," advertised as exploring “the origins of Halloween in Ireland.” By…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on October 23, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

DO YOU THINK YOU KNOW RUDY?

So you think you know Rudy?

You know he went to Notre Dame, and through sheer perseverance he won a spot on the football squad. Because everyone admired his grit so much, he got to suit up for the last game of his senior year, and he was put in the game for the last two plays. On the last play of the game, he broke through the line and sacked the quarterback. The team lifted him up and carried him off the…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on June 8, 2015 at 9:41pm — No Comments

Give My Regards to Cagney - A Review of the Musical

Let me begin with a warning – I saw this show in a preview, and so there might have been changes, additions, subtractions before the show opened. I don’t think there is much room for a change in what is a very tightly and cleanly performed production, but one never…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on May 30, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Irish Predominate Among ‘New York Catholics’: A Review

“NEW YORK CATHOLICS: Faith, Attitude & The Works!”

Patrick McNamara

Orbis Books, October 2014

211 Pages

When I first saw the title, I was apprehensive --…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on May 14, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

'Compassionate Stranger' -- An Intimate Glimpse at Famine-Era Ireland

Book Review:

"Compassionate Stranger: Asenath Nicholson and the Great Irish Famine"

By Maureen O’Rourke Murphy

Syracuse University Press, 2015

366 Pages…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on April 19, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Book Review: 'Annie's Stories'

Book review

"Annie's Stories," by Cindy Thompson

Tyndale House Publishers Inc.

Carol…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on November 22, 2014 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Downton Abbey It Ain't

Book Review

"The Decline and Fall of the Dukes of Leinster, 1872–1948"

by Terrence Dooley…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on November 5, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

'One Great Irish Spot': Newgrange, County Meath

I am not usually a great one for "tourist sites," and it was a damp, rainy day and I was not of a mood to go out. But I had a friend visiting, and by heaven, she had read about this place north of Dublin (where I was…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on March 12, 2014 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Book Review: 'Light of the Diddicoy'

Light of the Diddicoy

A Novel by Eamon Loingsigh

Published by Three Rooms Press Trade Paperbacks

Release Date:…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on March 1, 2014 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Review: 'Boy at the Gate' Testimony to Power of Music

THE BOY AT THE GATE (A Memoir)

Danny Ellis

Arcade Publishing,…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on November 4, 2013 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Best Platform for 'Copper' Soundtrack Is Small Screen

'Copper' Original Soundtrack

Music by Brian…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on July 2, 2013 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

King Louis and His Irish Confessor

Check this link for an interesting odd bit of Irish history ...…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on May 16, 2013 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

'Misremembered Man' a 'Delightful Slice of Country Life'

I would not presume to elevate my meanderings by calling them a “review” but having just finished "The Misrememberd Man," a lovely first novel by Christine McKenna, a Derry-born artist and writer, I am…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on May 7, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

'Cruiskeen Lawn' -- a family heirloom

Cruiskeen Lawn

A song I learned from my father, who learned it from his father. 

https://soundcloud.com/jredmond13-1/cruiskeen-lawn-1

Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on March 24, 2013 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

An old pub closing song -- 'The Parting Glass'

Parting Glass

An old pub closing song that also works well at funerals.The Parting Glass 

Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on March 24, 2013 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

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