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City and Soul: Reaching out for the Reds

first_imgNewsCommunityLimerickCity and Soul: Reaching out for the RedsBy Rose Rushe – June 11, 2019 375 Limerick Prison operating above capacity Christmas at the Redemptorists Linkedin Limerick Post Show | Redemptorists Limerick Facebook Previous articleLimerick’s Social and Health Education Project celebrates 10 year anniversaryNext articleLimerick Social Enterprise Awarded Quality Mark Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post Fr Seamus Enright overlooked by the Hill organ that will cost €300,000 to make good.Photo: Cian ReinhardtCall the Redemptorist religious order what you will – the Reds, the Fathers, the Confraternity clan – there is something of their influence in the very walls of this city that is cherished. Talking to Limerick Post’s Rose Rushe, Fr Seamus Enright, newly appointed Rector for a second term, makes sense of their place in our hearts and homes.For the peopleSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THERE’S a pragmatism to this Order’s way of remaining central to, active with and attractive to the faithful. Case in point, the Perpetual Novena, running June 14 to 22 this year, attracts 10,000 worshippers daily over 10 celebrations.  This Limerick man smiles mischievously and observes, “We’re not good at theory, you know. We are practitioners. When St Alphonsus founded us in 1732 in the south of Italy it was to work with people whom nobody else did, people who were on the outside, the marginalised. So he focused on the countryside as the city of Naples was well enough provided for, with other religious communities in town.“Always the challenge for us is to question who is the equivalent of the Neapolitan poor, the neglected, the abandoned. I see us being rather ordinary and having this concern for ordinary, everyday people, people who are struggling, who are on the edges.“People can be struggling materially but also in other areas of life, spiritually, emotionally.”Talking to the congregation at the June novena. This year’s opens this Friday June 14 with ten services daily.Photo: Oisin McHugh True Media.Starting out“WHEN we came to Limerick first in 1853, we rented a house in Bank Place. That’s now going to become integrated in the Opera campus development and we are quite excited to see what is going on there. We moved here to the top of Henry Street in 1854 when we bought the land here, and it is wonderful to see life coming back into Henry Street with the Gardens International centre.”Pastoral careHE refers to his work as trustee to/ chair of (variously) the board of St Clement’s School throughout a score of years “and you see the struggles of families through the lens of the boys at school.“One thing that I have learned is what presents at school as a disciplinary problem is maybe rooted in some family breakdown or difficulty at home and school is their safe place where they can act out. Obviously we care for the academic concerns and for the pastoral.“I think we deal exceptionally well with pastoral care. I think it is about being available to people, listening to people, not sitting in judgement.“We have the Redemptorist Pastoral Care Service here in the monastery and we have three counsellors who work here. So as well as the opportunity to come here and talk to a priest – and people still like to do that, there is one of us on duty here every day Monday to Friday – that Pastoral Care Service is subsidised by the Christmas Hamper Appeal, the funds left over after that.”People give what they can, “€5, €10, very rarely a €20….it’s all based on means of the people who need it. I think need has to be the defining characteristic of the services that we offer and let people decide for themselves  what the need is, how needy they are.”Handing letters from Limerick prisoners to Pope Francis personally while in Vatican audience was another adventure, asking the Holy Father to visit them when he came to Ireland. Weeks later in Knock, Pope Francis prayed publicly for the prisoners, expressing regret at not being able to visit them.As a regular chaplain to Limerick Prison prior to colleague Fr Michael Kelleher taking up the post, Fr Seamus has strong feelings about prison life being more penal that it is reformative. “It has to be more about rehabilitation than punishment. If it is not, it is waste and it is not about giving people a second chance and putting them on the right path.”Long game for the Reds?ONLY five of the community of 21 priests are aged under 70; the older and infirm are kept within the monastery family. What lies ahead is challenging.“I still think we are doing well and giving significant service,” he says. Witness the busy church,  The Redemptorist Centre for Music,  parish missions on the road with lay people, prison work, St Clement’s School and providing significant pastoral support and for the wider community, and the counselling service.Financially there are other strains, with combined vital jobs in upkeep and the church’s magnificent Hill Organ requiring north of €360,000 to do necessary work.“In my dreams a benefactor comes and says, ‘I’d love to restore’ your organ for you. ” He laughs heartily. “But the bells, the organ, the music, I think we have a spiritual part here in Limerick but are part of cultural history too.”Soul: The man behind the collarFR SEAMUS Enright grew up on Mulgrave Street and went to Presentation NS and the Christian Brothers Coláiste Mhichíl.“I don’t have bad memories of Sexton Street and no particularly great memories either. I was  not interested in sport and it was a very sporty school. I was not interested in science and it was a  particularly science oriented school. I did not like school and only flourished after I left.”The order funds the Redemptorist Centre for Music, a source of affordable courses for students.Photo: Liam Burke/ Press 22What did work for Seamus was student traction with debating and public speaking, which has stood to him all his life as a priest invested in the wider world.His father was Dick Enright, engineer, “a very good man. It is from him that I got my sense of compassion.”“I joined the St Vincent de Paul in my 5th Year and that’s when my interest in social justice ‘woke’.”He recalls visiting poorer households then, “that patronising thing. I look back with some embarrassment. We were only a small step up from the people ourselves.“I suppose I always had it in my head that I was going to be a priest. We are a strong family.” He smiles. “Sometimes we don’t always see eye to eye.”Sadness?“I DON’T do sadness well. I am an optimist by nature and a bit buoyant. I get angry. What angers me? People on trolleys in the hospital. Whole families living in one bedroom with no privacy. That angers me in what I would see as a city of plenty.”He cites public generosity to the Christmas Hamper Appeal and the Campaign for the Poor, “the quarter of a  million euro given in six weeks that we share with Novas, with Saoirse – that fine addiction centre, the Simon Community, Focus, Our Lady of Lourdes community centre and SVP.”What thrills you?“OPERA. I go to the opera when I get the chance. We don’t have much money for holidays so when I go, I go to a Redemptorist house and if there is opera nearby, I am made up.”Closer to home, life is healing and transcendent in unexpected moments.He talks about a corridor in their monastery at Mt St Alphonsus  that is a portal to wonder: “The window overlooks Ranks by river and the sun sets beyond. Sometimes I am stuck to the floor with the beauty of the view and the awesomeness of it.” Leaving no one behind at Christmas Twittercenter_img TAGSFr Michael KelleherFr Seamus EnrightHill organLimerick Novena to our Lady of Perpetual HelpLimerick PrisonMount St AlphonsusRedemptorist Campaign for the Poorst.clements college limerickThe Redemptorist Order Sleep out highlighting food poverty in Limerick Mayor launches the Redemptorists’ two day SleepOut WhatsApp Print Advertisement Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

[Breaking] Lack Of 4G Net During Lockdown Dismantles Right To Education: Plea In SC By Private Schools Association, J&K

first_imgTop Stories[Breaking] Lack Of 4G Net During Lockdown Dismantles Right To Education: Plea In SC By Private Schools Association, J&K Sanya Talwar10 April 2020 4:55 AMShare This – xA PIL has been moved in the Supreme Court by Private Schools Association, Jammu & Kashmir (PSAJK) contending that the lack of 4G connectivity for internet in Jammu and Kashmir is infringing the fundamental right to education.The PSAJK is an association of over 2,200 schools across Jammu & Kashmir and the plea has been preferred challenging Government Orders dated…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA PIL has been moved in the Supreme Court by Private Schools Association, Jammu & Kashmir (PSAJK) contending that the lack of 4G connectivity for internet in Jammu and Kashmir is infringing the fundamental right to education.The PSAJK is an association of over 2,200 schools across Jammu & Kashmir and the plea has been preferred challenging Government Orders dated 18.01.2020, 24.01.2020, 26.03.2020 and 03.04.2020 which led to the imposition of restriction(s) on Internet Speed.The instant plea has been filed by Advocates Soayib Qureshi & Charu Ambwani.The petitioner has contended that following the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019 and the subsequent restrictions imposed vis-à-vis internet speed connectivity, the education sector has been impacted severely.Highlighting, inter alia, the outright dismantling of Right to Education due to lack of 4G, the petitioner states that limited access limits and causes disruptions in dissemination of knowledge and imparting online education, especially in times of the COVID pandemic,”It is submitted that Right to Education is the most important of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution of India which is further empowered by the right to use Internet as a medium of gaining, obtaining and dissemination of knowledge. Internet as a medium of imparting education, though online courses and classes has become imperative in the present times when the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir continues to be under severe restrictions” — the petition states.Moreover, the petitioner also brings out the alleged illegalities which are antithetical to various tests which had been earlier laid down in various judgments of the Supreme Court,”The Speed Restriction Orders are without the authority of law having been passed without complying with law laid down by this Hon’ble Court in the case of Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India, decided on 10.01.2020. Further, the Speed Restriction Orders fail the test of proportionality as laid down by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India read with Justice K.S Puttuswamy v. Union of India”Moroever, the orders infringe upon the rights of students to get education and also infringes the members of the petitioners to carry on its business and professional activities in the present times, the petition avers.Earmarking the ground realities of incessant disruptions being caused to students & teachers alike of the erstwhile state, the petitioner has also annexed a letter by a Class 5 student, addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The letter reads as under”Dear Modi Ji,I feel sad, frustrated, angry and stressed because I couldn’t attend the online classes provided by my school (P.C.H.S.S) due to 2G. Online classes do not work in 2G.I was away from my school since August 2019 (due to you know why) and when I was connected back to my school, the schools were shut again in March 2020 due to the spread of cronavirus. When our teacher decided to teach us by online classes, it did not work. I request you to give back our 4G so that we don’t miss out on learning”In light of the above, the petitioner prays,”As the future of Children, students and the Schools is at stake, the Petitioner left with no alternative has approached this Hon’ble court”In related news, the Supreme Court on Thursday had issued notice in a plea filed by Foundation of Media Professionals, seeking restoration of 4G mobile internet services in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, in light of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.Senior Advocate Huzefa Ahmadi had appeared yesterday via Videoconferencing before a Justice NV Ramana led bench in the aforementioned case & submitted that in view of the lockdown, “The virtual classes of students can only be done through enhancement of technology” .The Central government had imposed a complete communications blackout in the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir in August 2019, right after abrogation of Article 370. Five months later in January 2020, on the basis of a Supreme Court order in the case Anuradha Bhasin v Union of India, the services were partially restored, only at 2G speed for mobile users.The Supreme Court had thereupon observed that indefinite suspension of internet is “not permissible and restrictions on internet have to follow the principles of proportionality under Article 19(2)”.On April 3, 2020, the J&K administration passed an order to retain the existing restrictions on mobile internet till April 15.Next Storylast_img read more