The Sacred Heart Messenger is happy to accept unsolicited submissions. Articles should be a maximum of 1,100 words, and we will consider individual articles or proposals for a series of articles. Submissions of fiction intended for the ‘Young Readers’ Pages’ should keep to a maximum of 400 words.

Please send submissions or further enquiries by post to Sarah Brady, Editorial Assistant, Messenger Publications, 37 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2 – or via email to

Here is a brief biography of each of our regular contributors:

Brian Grogan SJ

Brian Grogan SJ is a former President of Milltown Institute, Dublin, and Emeritus Associate Professor of Spirituality. His publications include To Grow in Love: A spirituality of Ageing and Where To From Here: The Christian Vision of Life After Death. With Phyllis Brady he co-authored Meetings Matter: Spirituality and Skills for Meetings. He was a Director and Editor of Sacred Space, a worldwide online prayer site of the Irish Jesuits. He is currently Superior of the Jesuit Community on Leeson St, Dublin, and writing a book on Discernment.

Carmel McCarthy RSM

Carmel McCarthy RSM has combined years of working with parish Bible groups, lectio divina groups, and retreat groups with a distinguished academic career, latterly as professor of Hebrew and Syriac at University College Dublin. A member of the Royal Irish Academy, the most important of her many academic publications is a critical edition of the Hebrew text of Deuteronomy (Stuttgart 2007) in the Biblia Hebraica Quinta series. As a basis for prayer, her 2012 publication on The Psalms: Human Voices of Prayer and Suffering has been widely acclaimed.

Eileen Kane

Eileen Kane was born in Dublin and attended the Dominican College, Eccles Street, and University College Dublin. She worked for a number of years as a secondary school teacher, before taking up a position in the Department of External Affairs as Third Secretary, before returning to UCD to study History of Art. She was awarded a Ph.D for her thesis on the arts in post-papal Avignon. She has published regularly in the area of Christian art and spirituality, and has been writing for the Messenger since 2010. Doctor Kane is a Dame of the Order of Pope St Gregory.

Ray Moloney SJ

Raymond Moloney SJ is Professor of Systematic Theology at the Milltown Institute, Dublin. He is the author of several books including The Knowledge of Christ, Our Splendid Eucharist, and the very popular Rediscovering the Eucharist.

Christopher Moriarty

Christopher is a marine biologist and received his PhD for a study of eels. He has been writing articles and books on Irish heritage topics for nearly fifty years. He has contributed his regular article in The Sacred Heart Messenger since 1993.

Helen Dillon

Helen Dillon comes from near Perth in Scotland and is an author, columnist, garden consultant and broadcaster. She has lectured many times in USA over the last 23 years (27 states including Alaska), New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Germany, France, Canada and the UK and has travelled extensively in order to study plants in Nepal, Sikkim, China, South America, South Africa and New Zealand. In 1999 she was awarded the Gold Veitch Memorial Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society in England and in 2003 the George Robert White Medal of Honor from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. In autumn 2004 she was made a distinguished counsellor to the New York Botanical Garden. 

Brendan Comerford SJ

Brendan Comerford SJ taught for three years as a secondary teacher before entering the Jesuits in 1980. He studied in Dublin and Rome and was ordained priest in 1988. He did further studies in spirituality in the United States. He taught for seven years in St Ignatius College, Galway before becoming Master of Novices of the British/Irish Jesuit Novitiate in Birmingham (1999 – 2006). Since then he has been lecturing in Spirituality in the Milltown Institute and in other venues in Ireland and abroad, specialising in the Christian mystics. Brendan is a member of the retreat team at the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality at Manresa House, Dollymount, Dublin.

Marie McGuirk

Marie McGuirk is originally from Drogheda, but has been living in Dublin for many years. She is well known for her cookery demonstrations at ICA headquarters An Grianán, and has been involved in television work including RTE’s Live at Three and the popular TV series ICA Bootcamp. She has also written a number of cookbooks, and has been writing recipes for the Messenger since 2010. 

John Murray SJ

John Murray SJ was born in Ballygowan in Co Down. He was ordained in 1976.

He served in Derriaghy parish in County Antrim, before being appointed as spiritual director in St Malachy’s College, Belfast. He then spent 13 years in St Luke’s Twinbrookstlukes followed by 3 years in St Michael’s in West Belfast. In late 2014, he took up a position as parish priest of Downpatrick. He has been a regular contributor to the Messenger for many years. 

Donal Neary SJ

Donal Neary SJ is a native of Dublin. He is the author of several successful books, including seasonal reflections for Lent and Advent, as well as books for young people. He is parish priest at the Church of St Francis Xavier, Gardiner St, Dublin, while his previous work was in youth retreats at Mater Dei Institute of Education and in Tabor House, Dublin and as teacher in Belvedere College. He was vocations director for the Jesuits from 1982-1988. 

Mary G Johnson

Mary is a Galway girl who has lived in various places in Ireland before settling in Tralee in 1980. She has taught English and Creative Writing to adults and done a lot of substitute teaching in various schools around Tralee. She has also worked with Radio Kerry particularly on the Horizons programme, which is the weekly religious programme on the radio station. Mary is a proud mother, with three grown up children and four grandchildren. 

Brendan Staunton SJ

Brendan Staunton SJ is a regular contributor of film reviews to the Messenger. He did his post-graduate work in Heythrop College London and The School of Psychotherapy, St Vincent’s Hospital (UCD). His first film review was in St Stephen’s, the UCD students’ magazine in 1968. The interdependence of the arts, psychology and spirituality, has been his long time interest and passion. He currently is a Chaplain in Dublin’s Pro Cathedral, and has just marked his golden jubilee as a Jesuit.

Brendan McManus SJ

Fr Brendan McManus SJ’s love of walking and pilgrimage comes from being raised on a farm in Lisnaskea, Northern Ireland. After studying psychology and IT at university, he worked in the UK’s computer industry as an interface designer with Hewlett Packard. Disillusioned with the ‘yuppie’ way of life, the desolation he felt forced him to resign and subsequently join the Jesuits in Dublin. In addition to his philosophy and theology studies, he also worked with young people leading retreats and pilgrimages. A keen hiker, his love of pilgrimage emerged during his Jesuit training where he and a companion begged their way across northern Spain. Brendan is a fluent Spanish speaker from his time studying theology in Colombia (1998 – 2002). Later, as a priest he worked with the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir in Dublin and then developed his writing skills as editor of the Irish Jesuit News. He was school chaplain and photographer in Coláiste Iognáid, Galway before walking the Camino in 2011 in memory of his brother who’d died by suicide. He currently works in spirituality in Belfast and published a book: Redemption Road: Grieving on the Camino.

John Callanan SJ

John Callanan SJ has been a retreat-giver, writer, student adviser and chaplain for the past ten years, prior to the parish ministry in which he is now engaged. He has written a number of books developing the insights of Anthony de Mello SJ, including The Spirit of Anthony de Mello, Dreaming with Anthony de Mello, Finding Fire with Anthony de Mello and Watering the Desert with Anthony de Mello.

Anne Marie Kennedy

Anne Marie Kennedy is a native of Galway, where she recently completed an Masters degree in writing. She was winner of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award in 2014. She has been published in ROPES 2014 and Black Heart Magazine, and has been a featured writer on RTÉ Radio’s Sunday Miscellany. Her serial story ‘Esker Road’ appears in the Messenger from March 2015.