- On 2 November the East African Provincial emailed about Fr Cecil McGarry: “This morning Cecil’s health took a downturn. His kidney functions are shutting down, the doctors believe the cancer is progressing fast, and he is very weak. He is intermittently lucid; we spoke for a brief moment this evening and he told me was at peace, grateful to God and very content. He knows, in his own words, that ‘it’s only a matter of days, but it’s the will of God.’ The nursing staff and the brethren at Pedro Arrupe Community are giving him the care he needs at this point. We are praying for him.” Cecil sent goodbye emails to all his family, and his nephew Andrew O’Shaughnessy has been by his side for some days.
- Small world: John Curran, a dentist on the faculty of the University of Manitoba, was a year ahead of Michael Paul Gallagher in Clongowes, and attended all his lectures in the University, reported in last week’s Express. They were, he writes, scholarly, stimulating and well attended. John entertained his old schoolmate to a nostalgic dinner, to strengthen him for further work: a full day’s Christian Education programme to the Archbishop of Winnipeg and over 60 priests of the archdiocese.
- From Foilseacháin Ábhair Spioradálta (FÁS): Ba mhór againn tú a bheith i láthair nuair a chomóraimid saothar na n-údar ar fhoilsigh Foilseacháin Ábhair Spioradálta a gcuid leabhar le dhá bhliain anuas: Séamas de Vál, Éadáil Ní Choinn; Helen Ó Murchú, Ceisteanna na Linne; Pádraig Ó Croiligh, Rún na hEaglaise; Mairéad Ní Bhuachalla RSC, Slí Chun Dé; Séamas de Vál, Frank Duff; agus Alan Mac Eochagáin SJ, Scéal an Oilithrigh. Beidh Cathal Goan inár measc chun na leabhair a chur i láthair agus an obair atá curtha i gcrích a cheiliúradh. Dé Máirt, 17 Samhain 2009, 6.00 i.n., 35 Sráid Líosáin Íochtarach, Baile Átha Cliath 2.
- On Tuesday November 10 at 5.30pm. Milltown theatre will host a double event. Prof. Seamus O’Connell of Maynooth will launch Kieran O’Mahony’s Do we still need St Paul? (Veritas, 2009). Professor Maureen Junker-Kenny of Trinity College will launch Jim Corkery’s Joseph Ratzinger’s theological ideas (Dublin: Dominican Publications and USA: Paulist Press, 2009). People are invited; Jesuits and colleagues in the province might be particularly interested.
FR PROVINCIAL’S DIARY
3-4 November: Meetings and visitation of apostolates
5-6 November: Seminar in Hungary: Youth and the new language
9 November: Meetings in Dublin
10-12 November: Visitation of Clongowes