- Belvederians won the Intermediate Medley and the Freestyle Relay in the Leinster Schools Championships; and in the national championships they won 2nd place in the Under 14 Breaststroke, and 3rd in the Under 14 Butterfly. Robert Hynes was selected to represent Ireland in upcoming Schools International. Pictured here are: L to R: Robert Hynes, Andrew Hynes, Headmaster Gerry Foley, Benjamin Doyle, Coach Tony Morris.
- Four Belvederians are taking their arguments to the Other Island: Johnny Byrne and Mark A. Kelly to the Finals of the Oxford Union Debating Competition; and Conor Byrne and Rian Hayes to the Other Place – the Finals day in Cambridge of the International Competition for Young Debaters.
- On 2 February Dr Finbarr Clancy SJ, Rector of the Ecclesiastical Faculty in Milltown, made his Final Vows, his solemn profession as a Jesuit. His former fellow-novice, Provincial Tom Layden, spoke movingly of the two-way commitment being celebrated: of Finbarr to the Society and of the Society to him. The following day Finbarr welcomed two US bishops who were making the Apostolic Visitation of the Ecclesiastical Faculty.
- Brian Grogan helped to draft the statement of the Association of Catholic Priests for their press conference on Thursday, re the new liturgical texts. Interviewed by Jonathan Clinch on the News at One, RTE Radio 1, Brian voiced the Association’s misgivings about the new translation of the Mass, both for its anachronistic language and the autocratic, non-consultative way it was imposed by Rome.
FR PROVINCIAL’S DIARY
10-14 February: European Provincials meet in Luxemburg
17-18 February: Superiors’ meeting in Dublin