Ireland - Still Building the Peace

In 1980s the Irish Jesuits decided to start a Jesuit community in Churchill Park, Portadown in Northern Ireland, just simply to be a presence to the beleaguered people who lived there and who suffered from poverty and sectarian violence. The area made world headlines when the Orange Order demanded the right to march through this nationalist area. Brendan McPartlin SJ, the Province social delegate and a member of this community spoke about the peace-building ministry in the area. One of the big changes in the locality over the last 10 years has been the arrival of migrants from Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia. The Portadown-Craigavon area has the largest density of migrants in Northern Ireland. According to Brendan, they are hard-working people who have helped improve the local economy, often doing jobs that others are reluctant to take on.  Read more…