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First ProfessionIrish Jesuit Maurice King (front right in photo) took his First Vows at a ceremony in the Noviciate in Birmingham on Monday, 8 September. There was a strong Irish presence at the event – Frs John Looby, Conall Ó Cuinn, Edmond Grace, and John Dardis, Provincial (back row in photo). The Profession ceremony had an international flavour. Eddie Cosgrave read the second reading in Irish with a Conamara blas; Wauter Blesgraaf from the Netherlands took vows in Dutch; and they sang a new setting of “Take and receive” composed by a South African novice, Grant Tunday. Pictured in the front row with Maurice are (left to right) Eddie Cosgrave, who is entering second year, and Shane Daly, who is starting his noviciate along with five others from different provinces.