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Starting the journey

vows_01Eddie Cosgrove SJ (pictured here, second left, with his family) was among five Jesuit novices who made their First Vows in St. Mary’s Church, Harbourne, Birmingham on Saturday 5 September. Other novices in the joint novitiate were from S.Africa, Lithuania and Flanders. David Smolira SJ gave an inspiring sermon on the meaning of Religious life, Michael Holman SJ was the main celebrant, and John Dardis SJ thanked all those involved. A packed reception afterwards in Manresa House saw many Irish Jesuits in attendance. It was a weekend of going and coming. As the vow men were leaving for the next stage of their journey, Manresa was welcoming their successors. Read on… 

As Eddie was leaving the noviciate on his way to study philophy in Heythrpop College, Ronan McCoy (left in photo)and Niall S. Leahy (right in photo) were entering. Both come from Co. Louth. Ronan from Ardee and Niall from Blackrock. Ronan is a past pupil of Clongowes and has been working in South Africa in an orphanage during the last year. Niall has been working with Spirit Radio as their financial controller. They were sent off by Provincial John Dardis fortified with Eucharist and a good dinner at Loyola house on 27th August – an evening of sharing of stories.

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