- On Monday May 11, Colaiste Iognaid students in Galway were privileged to hear in person one of the few existing Holocaust survivors, Tomas Reichental, who is currently living in Ireland. Tomas held students spell-bound with his life story: he was born in 1935 in Piestany, Slovakia, and was captured and sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1944 when he was only nine years old. He survived it along with his mother, brother, aunt and cousin, but he lost thirty-five members of his family in the Holocaust.
- In a week when the Sunday Times distributed a free DVD of The Killing Fields, that harrowing film about the genocide in Cambodia, Provincial John Dardis, writing in the Irish Catholic, drew attention to the Church’s role in rebuilding a shattered society, and to the work of Irish Jesuit Ashley Evans in Phnom Penh.
FR PROVINCIAL’S DIARY
18 May: meeting of Trustees in Milltown
22-23 May: Province Consult
24-29 May: JRS Regional Meeting in Rome