- On 29 April, Provincial John Dardis blessed the new Milltown community building (pictured here). The residents love its light and space, built around four cores, and give huge credit to Mike Drennan SJ and the architectural team.
- The Statistics of the Society of Jesus worldwide as of the beginning of January 2009 have been just published. The total number of Jesuits is 18,226: 12,887 priests (last year: 13,088); 1,589 brothers (last year: 1,674); 2,818 scholastics, that is the Jesuits in formation, (last year: 2,925); and 972 novices (last year: 816). A decrease of 237 members was experienced from 1st January 2009. These figures show a small decline in relation to the previous year, when the loss was of 304 members. The average age has dropped very slightly: 57.44 to 57.29.
- Clongowes beat Belvedere 10-9 in the final to win the Foster cup (also known as the Thirds Cup) for the second consecutive year – Clongowes’ third rugby trophy this year.
- The newly-established Irish Victor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis is accepting applications for its one-year (Academic Associate in Logotherapy) and two-year (Diplomate in Logotherapy) part-time training programe: lectures at Jesuit Conference Centre, Milltown Park, Dublin 6. Visit www.logotherapyireland.com or phone 01-4971120.
- The pastoral preparation committee of the Eucharistic Congress, due to be held in Dublin in June 1012, has just launched e-Congress, an online magazine which may be accessed at www.iec2012.ie. It contains resources to assist in personal or community preparation for the great event.
- Colaiste Iognaid: Over 150 people celebrated 40 Years of Jes Rugby at a special event on May 1. Rugby coach and Jes teacher, Steve Parkinson presented a slide show of photos from the 4 decades, providing good memories for all.
- The Nolan family have enjoyed a great year with Crescent College sporting teams. Ciara scored one of the winning goals for the Crescent Senior Hockey team which beat Mount Mercy in the final of the Munster Senior Cup. Ciara’s brother David, a former pupil, helped to train the rugby team which captured the Munster Junior Cup for the first time since 1991. Proud father Pat, a former F.A.I. cup winner with Limerick F.C., coached the Crescent U.16, U.17 and U.18 soccer teams which succeeded in winning the North Munster Cups.
- Congratulations to Padraig Swan, Director of Slí Eile, who ran his third marathon (this year!) in Belfast on Mon 3 May in a personal best time of 3hrs 24 mins. At 26 miles it was only a bit of a stroll, and the real test will come later this month in hilly Durban, South Africa, when he’ll jogg 56 miles to raise money for Slí Eile projects including their work with prisoners and the homeless. To support, visit www.sli-eile.com
FR PROVINCIAL’S DIARY
5-7 May: On visitation to Belfast and Portadown
12-16 May: Joint Consult, Brussels