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Observe the Rustling Leaves

Author(s): James OHalloran

ISBN13: 9781856075763

ISBN10: 1856075761


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  • This year (2007) the town of Callan, Co Kilkenny, is celebrating its 8th centenary. As part of that commemoration, Fr James OHalloran SDB, a native of the town, has been asked to give an address entitled The Church and World of the Future. At first he was somewhat surprised by the topic, thinking that, if he were to speak of anything at all, it would be about the Callan of his boyhood. The pleasant surprise lay in the universal rather than local nature of the subject. On reflection, however, he realised that this was totally appropriate.Countless people from the town were compelled to take the emigrant ship, or plane, in search of a new life, or to fulfil a dream. They, or their descendants, are now scattered throughout the globe. Various of them have had a considerable impact on the lands of their exile. James Hoban, for example, was the architect of the White House in Washington DC. OHalloran saw too that the historical travails and triumphs of Callan were - and still are - mirrored elsewhere on the planet: The small town is the world, the world the small town, he says.
  • James OHalloran

    James O'Halloran is a Salesian who has worked with communities for forty years as member, coordinator and promoter. This mission he has carried out worldwide from the halls of universities to cities, rural villages and far-flung mission stations. Twenty of the forty years were spent between Africa and Latin America. At the moment he is based in Ireland where he is involved in a project for homeless young people and helps in a Dublin inner city parish.

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