- Fr Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Jesuits, visited Central America and parts of the Caribbean from 19 April to 1 May. The trip included a visit to earthquake-stricken Haiti, where he was shown the efforts at reconstruction. Read a report on the Australian Jesuit’s Province Express. Also read a port-trip interview with Fr Nicolás on SJWeb.info.
- Gearoid O’Brien is writing a biography of Athlone-born Michael Watson SJ, in instalments in the Westmeath Independent.
- Fr Provincial and his Consultors have just returned (via an ash-cloud diversion to Shannon and a 2 a.m. bus from there) from a joint consult with the British Province, with observers from the two Flemish provinces, at Drongen near Brussels. Fr Provincial has also been visiting Irish Jesuits in Britain: Jim Hayes in weak health in Liverpool, and Pat Riordan in bouncing form in London.
- The shape of Irish Jesuit communities is changing gradually as we move into the summer. John Austen House on North Circular Road has been disbanded and the house closed down, a sad process carried through with gentle efficiency by Michael O’Sullivan. Michael is crossing the Liffey to join the Campion Community in Hatch Street, which will include the new Provincial, Tom Layden. Another small community, Iona in Portadown, is being strengthened by the addition of Frank Brady, who will be hugely missed in Ballymun.
- Fr Steve Curtin SJ, Australian Provincial, sums up the significance of Matteo Ricci, who always saw his missionary work as an expression of the gift of friendship.
- The Sacred Heart Novena will be held in St Francis Xavier’s Church, Gardiner Street, from 3-11 June. Mass will be at 11.00am and 7.30pm (Sunday: 11.00am and 3.00pm). Homilies will be given by Kevin O’Rourke SJ (3-7th) and by Tom Layden SJ (8-11th).
FR PROVINCIAL’S DIARY
19-23 May: On official visit to Poland, accompanied by Tom Layden
24-26 May: Various meetings
27-30 May: Holiday