- Writing in the Irish Catholic, Mags Gargan captured some of the qualities that make 82-year-old Freddie Deignan (pictured here), one of the most loved and admired Jesuits in Hong Kong, where he has served as teacher, football coach, School Principal, chaplain, and now superior of Hong Kong and Macao. He also played soccer in the Hong Kong premier division.
- Joe Mallin, on leave from Hong Kong, spent his 96th summer in a whirlwind of renewed acquaintances and media exposure. He visited the prison cell in Kilmainham where as a 2-year-old he said goodbye to his father who was awaiting execution. Joe requested. and was given, the chance to spend an hour on his own there, in meditation and memory. He reminded the guide to expect him back in 2016 for the Easter Week centenary.
- Fergus O’Donoghue provoked a flurry of press interest with a blog about the murderous knifing of two young people in Bray. The national papers quoted from his comments, and there were many responses on line, ranging predictably from support to hostility. Fergus reflected in a follow-up blog: “Most reactions to earlier postings on this blog have been negative. Two points have been missed: we do have the right to condemn actions as evil, but not persons. Mental illness explains those actions, but it does not excuse them.”
- Some of the preparation for the Manresa tertianship is being carried on in the communities of the province, where prospective tertians are improving their English. Eudson Ramos (Brazil) is staying in Galway, while Leeson Street has welcomed South Polish Bogdan Dlugosz, and Slovakians Leopold Slaninka and Branislav Beniac.
FR PROVINCIAL’S DIARY
24-27 August: Meetings
28 August: Ministries Commission