Limerick diocese sets its sights on China

first_imgFirst day in new school for Le Chéile pupils Advertisement Dominicans depart after 800 years Twitter Previous articleLimerick councillors are left hanging on the lineNext articleGranny gets some sleep after memorable Limerick visit John Keogh  THE Diocese of Limerick this week launched a new outreach initiative that seeks to recruit lay people to travel to China to teach English and “witness to their faith”.The programme, which runs under the auspices of the Missionary Society of St Columban, is open to graduates of any discipline, and teaching experience is not essential.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to Fr Leslie McNamara, who is involved in coordinating the programme, the teaching positions would appeal to recent graduates or people who have taken early retirement.“I was there for nearly eight years. My experience was very positive, I really enjoyed it. Of course people can have problems at first – it is a culture shock, especially in the poorer areas,” he told the Limerick Post.“All of your expenses are covered and you would get about $500 a month. You’re supplied with an apartment for free and you get an allowance for electricity and things like that. The cost of living there is very low; typically lunch in the student canteen would be about 80 cent a day. You could easily live on a couple of euro a day.”Traditionally, roles such as this would have been carried out by priests and missionaries, but due to dwindling numbers, the diocese is now opening up opportunities for lay people.Fr McNamara explained that religious organisations in China are controlled by the government and open proselytising is prohibited.However, he added that “the seeds of faith can be sown through one’s lifestyle and in the care and love one shows to one’s students who are instinctively curious about everything their foreign teachers do”.“Universities in China can find it difficult to fill positions for English teachers, and they are delighted to have native speakers. Teaching is one way that you can witness to the gospel to people who are largely atheist or agnostic.”“I found that the students I worked with were largely very curious; many of them wouldn’t have even seen a foreign person before they went to university. The students there are so keen to learn. They are so kind and respectful in comparison to teaching here; it’s very different”, he explained.Anyone seeking further information about the outreach programme can contact Fr Leslie McNamara at [email protected] Linkedin St John’s Cathedral in Limerick is cut down to size Email WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook NewsCommunityLocal NewsLimerick diocese sets its sights on ChinaBy John Keogh – September 11, 2014 944 Bishop of Limerick wants no let up in safeguarding vulnerable people Editorial – Time for change RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSDiocese of Limerick Bishop welcomes new school year Printlast_img read more

Games against No. 1 Duke, No. 3 North Carolina and No. 4 Notre Dame highlight No. 2 Syracuse’s schedule

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 19, 2013 at 4:54 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass The Syracuse men’s lacrosse team will play nine teams in Inside Lacrosse’s Top 20 this season. SU will face five Atlantic Coast conference teams in the top 10 in its first year in the conference – No. 1 Duke, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Notre Dame, No. 6 Maryland and No. 9 Virginia. No. 12 Albany, Maryland, Notre Dame and North Carolina are slated to come to the Carrier Dome. The Orange travels to Virginia, No. 14 Johns Hopkins, Duke and No. 17 Cornell.Six of the Orange’s opponents qualified for the 16-team NCAA tournament last season. Syracuse advanced to the national championship game last season before falling to Duke 16-10. SU finished 2013 tied for the most wins in the program’s 95-year history with 16. Below is Syracuse’s full schedule. Dates and times are subject to change, and television channels will be released at a later date, per SU Athletics. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJanuary/FebruarySat., Jan. 25 – Hofstra/Le Moyne (scrimmage), 10 a.m.Sat., Feb. 1 – at Towson/Bucknell (scrimmage), TBAMon., Feb. 10 – Siena, 7 p.m.Sun., Feb. 16 – Albany, 4 p.m.Sat., Feb. 22 – Maryland, 1 p.m.Fri., Feb. 28 – at Virginia, 5 p.m.MarchSat., March 8 – vs. St. John’s (Kennesaw, Ga.), 4 p.m.Sat., March 15 – at Johns Hopkins, 12 p.m.Sun., March 23 – at Duke, 12:30 p.m.Sat., March 29 – Notre Dame, 12 p.m.AprilWed., April 2 – Binghamton, 7 p.m.Tues., April 8 – at Cornell, 7 p.m.Sat., April 12 – North Carolina, 6 p.m.Sat., April 19 – at Hobart, 3 p.m.Fri-Sun., April 25-27 – ACC Championship (Chester, Pa.), TBAMaySat., May 3 – Colgate, 4 p.m. Commentslast_img read more