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Hero to his valet

Two years ago, when Adolfo Nicolás was setting out for the General Congregation in Rome, his friends suggested that he was on the short list for election to General. “No danger of that”, said Adolfo, “My age is against me. And not everyone agrees with my views. ” But when the Congregation, swiftly and by a massive majority, voted him ...

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Starting the journey

Eddie Cosgrove SJ (pictured here, second left, with his family) was among five Jesuit novices who made their First Vows in St. Mary’s Church, Harbourne, Birmingham on Saturday 5 September. Other novices in the joint novitiate were from S.Africa, Lithuania and Flanders. David Smolira SJ gave an inspiring sermon on the meaning of Religious life, Michael Holman SJ was the main ...

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New head of Judaic studies centre

Tom Casey SJ, who teaches philosophy in the Gregorian University in Rome, has just been appointed director of the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies. Readers will remember that Tom spent much of last winter at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and gave the important 9th Annual Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn Lecture there last February. He has sent a letter (see below) to ...

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Ignatian Lutherans

Johannesgarden is a retreat centre outside Gothenburg. It was originally run by Sacred Heart Sisters from Germany but is now in the care of the Swedish Catholic diocesan authorities. Each year members of Kompass – an ecumenical ignatian association in Sweden – gather there for an eight-day directed retreat. Almost all are Lutheran priests who live Ignatian spirituality and incorporate ...

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Slí Eile goes far and wide

The ninth year of Slí Eile’s International Volunteering programme saw 31 young adults travelling to Colombia, Zambia and Jamaica for three weeks in July. In Bogota, Colombia, nine volunteers worked in two projects: an orphanage for special-needs children and a school for the children of destitute parents. Hosted by the Jesuit community, the volunteers said that it was a life-changing ...

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Fr Tom O’Neill SJ

Fr Tom O’Neill (centre in photo), who died on 30 July, had spent all his priestly life in the Far East, including ten years in Hong Kong and Manila, and the last forty in Singapore. He was a fine musician, and had specialised in matters liturgical, both in editing and teaching (at the Pastoral Institute, Manila), and then in the ...

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Alumni assemble

Fr General made his second visit to Africa in mid-July to attend the Seventh World Congress of Jesuit Alumni/ae, which took place in Bujumbura, Burundi. WUJA holds a Congress every six years since its founding in Bilbao in 1956, each time on a different continent. In 2003 the venue was Kolkata and the previous one was in Sydney. Ireland had ...

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Remembering Ricci

Over 300 years ago, the Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci tried to present the Christian Gospel in a way that could make sense to Chinese mandarins, building on the Confucianism which informed their culture. The effort was controversial, and in 1715 Pope Clement XI declared that the Confucian rituals were in conflict with Christian teaching. Now, in preparation for the fourth ...

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JESUITICA: an unstoppable Jesuit

The name Marquette  crops up a lot in the Mid-West of USA, carried by a city on Lake Superior, a County around it, and a Jesuit University in Milwaukee. It comes from Jacques Marquette (1637-1675), a French Jesuit who, starting from Quebec, mastered the Huron language, and heard from the Iroquois about a big river to the south – the Mississippi. ...

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Short Notices

In Birmingham on 5 September, the four provincials (Ireland, Britain, Netherlands, N.Belgium)  met for the first time with Tom Layden, the new Delegate for Interprovincial cooperation and planning, and  ‘launched’ him. The picture shows Back L to R: Michael Holman (Britain), Tom Layden, Jan Bentvelzen (Netherlands), Front: John Dardis (Ireland), Fons Swinner (N.Belgium) A website has been set up to profile ...

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