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Transforming Post-Catholic IrelandReligious Practice in Late Modernity$
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Gladys Ganiel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198745785

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745785.001.0001

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Slí Eile (Magis Ireland)

Slí Eile (Magis Ireland)

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Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland

Gladys Ganiel

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the findings from a case study of Slí Eile (Magis Ireland), a Jesuit ministry for young adults. It includes a history of Slí Eile, and explains how it is an expression of extra-institutional religion. It explores how some young people considered Slí Eile an alternative to the institutional Irish Catholic Church, and Slí Eile’s efforts to promote lay–clerical collaboration. It describes how Slí Eile provided safe spaces where people could voice their doubts and find support in difficult times, thus contributing to individual transformation. It also describes how the young people perceived themselves as truly living out their faith in ‘another way’, centring their reflections on spirituality, social justice, and community. Some saw potential in this ‘other way’ to contribute to wider transformations in church, society, and politics—but these ambitions were not fully realized.

Keywords:   Jesuits, young people, lay–clerical collaboration, extra-institutional religion, spirituality, social justice, community, individual transformation, Irish Catholic Church

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