Posted: 3rd October 2018

Champion of the Homeless

This year, the Syntax Parent Day will take place on Sunday 7th October with Fr Peter McVerry S.J. as the guest speaker. Fr McVerry (OC’62) is an Irish Jesuit who needs little introduction to many of us. He is a powerful voice especially as a champion of the plight of those on the margins of society, who are homeless and suffer various addictions. His perspective comes from years of personal experience working and living in inner city Dublin and Ballymun, and working day-today with people in desperate need of care.

Fr Peter is a Clongowes past pupil and has very kindly come to speak to our Syntax group of parents and students for the past number of years. He is the only speaker who comes back year after year as the topics he presents are particularly relevant and current. Past Evaluations include:

“Excellent – very informative and interesting”

“Inspiring and thought provoking”

“Tremendous speaker”

“Great for the boys to hear about the needs of others and the possibility of reaching out”

The day will begin at approximately 09.15am with refreshments in the Concourse before Fr Peter speaks. Eucharist will be in the Sports Hall at 11H30. Afterwards you are very welcome to have lunch in the refectory. In your response, please let us know if you will be staying for lunch so we can give accurate numbers to our catering staff.

Please RSVP to Liz Griffin at lgriffin@clongowes.netor 045 838294

Anne Marie Dolan                Fr Michael Sheil SJ

Pastoral Co-ordinator          Director of Ethos

Subsequent to the Parent Day, you will receive an evaluation form and we would be very grateful if you would kindly share your reflections regarding this new format.

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