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  • daffs_01Cherryfield is alive with golden blossoms these days, thanks to the long labours of Brothers Jim Sutton and Brendan Hyland and their Chinese colleague Tom Tom. It is a joy to see that Jim Sutton has recovered sufficiently from his serious illness,  that he is walking with the help of sticks.
  • Congratulations to the four Jesuit alumni who were selected for the Irish Under 18 rugby team this season: Stephen MacAuley, Garret O’Sulleabháin and Conor Gilsenan of Clongowes and Aaron Conneely of Colasiste Iognaid.
  • Colleen Wong, who has many friends in the Irish Jesuits, alerted us to a chapter on the Jesuits in Hong Kong from 1926 to 1991, written by Cheung Hok Ming, after talking with alumni of the two Wah Yan Colleges. Apparently the author did not know about Tom Morrissey’s account. He reflects: “The Irish order sent altogether around 100 Jesuits to Hong Kong over these years. Now there are only 9 left, but there are 13 Chinese Jesuits. One could do a lot with a team of 20-30 dedicated missionaries.”
  • The first English translation of Fr Pedro Arrupe’s Retreat Notes from the summer of 1965, two month’s after his election, has just been published by Way Books. This unique manuscript in Spanish was originally authorised for publication by Fr Arrupe’s successor as Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach.  ‘The intelligence of the man is constantly shining through,’ says the book’s translator Fr Munitiz SJ. ‘But at the same time, and much more strikingly, a remarkable holiness.  It is a rare privilege to be allowed to come so close to the inner workings of [Arrupe’s] mind and heart…’: http://www.jesuit.org.uk/latest/100413a.htm
  • Fr. Josef Horehle SJ, aged 48, the founder of the Nativity school in the Czech Jesuit province, died on March 22 after a long illness. He is remembered by many Irish friends from his years as a theology student in Milltown Park.