- Cherryfield hosted a 90th birthday party for Brother Joe Cleary. His sisters Maura and Sally came up from the family home in Sandymount to enjoy the cake, the music provided by two Gonzaga boys, and the sense of affection and gratitude to Joe for the extraordinary constancy and good spirits with which he has served the Lord and cheered up so many of his brethren.
- Leinster rugby’s victory over Saracens in the Heineken cup featured six Jesuit alumni: Fergus McFadden (Clongowes), Cian Healy (Belvedere), Dominic Ryan (Gonzaga), Kevin McLaughlin, Eoin O’Malley (Belvedere) and Eoin Reddan (Crescent). Dominic Ryan contributed two tries, and Eoin O’Malley one, to Leinster’s 43-20 victory.
- Tom Layden SJ, Irish Jesuit Provincial, was the invited speaker at an ecumenical service in the Methodist Church in Rathgar, on Sunday 23 January, marking Church Unity Week. UCD chaplain Leon O’ Giollain SJ, also held an ecumenical celebration in the University as part of their ‘Food for the Body, Food for the Soul’ evenings.’
- To mark the 60th Anniversary of the founding of National College of Ireland by the Jesuits, Prof Paolo Quattrone from IE Business School in Madrid, will give a lecture on “Accounting for God: How the Jesuits paved the way for modern management”. NCI was originally called the Catholic Workers College, when it was founded in 1951. Its current president is Dr Phillip Matthews, former Irish rugby captain. The event is free, but booking is necessary. For details, see the NCI website.
FR PROVINCIAL’S DIARY
26 January: Visitation of JUST
27 January: Visitation of Mission Office
28-9 January: Province Consult