Historia Domus: 2015-16

Historia Domus: Cardoner House in Dublin, Ireland

This history began in 2014 and will hopefully continue year after year as subsequent generations of Tertian add on to what exists their own narratives.


May 19, 2016
Time flies!  It’s already been nine months. This is the last week for the Tertianship and then everyone will return to his province.  Nine months have gone by so quickly, filled with the many things we have done, learned and shared together.  Last week we had a retreat as a group, which was a special opportunity for everyone to have time to reflect on the whole program.  We finished the retreat with a liturgy.  It was also a beautiful and holy moment to renew our vows together before we all move to different directions in the world.  It was like the first companions did five hundred years ago in front of the Eucharist and before Ignatius.  It was a moving moment for us today as well.
After the retreat we have a few days to wrap up the whole program with sharing among ourselves the tertians, and directors.  We also have the special presence of the president of European conference, Fr. John Dardis, SJ, who is also our superior.  John is here with us for a couple of days so that everyone has a chance to meet him not only as a group, but also to have a personal conversation with him.
Every gathering must come to the end.  We ended our time here with a special mass and dinner and with the presence of our friends and supporters in Dublin.  After mass was over, we served an appreciation dinner to thank our friends.  First of all we thanked our two cooks who took good care of us during the last nine months.  Clement and Gregoire prepared some special gifts for our cooks: Jesuit T-shirts, poncho sweaters from Colombia and a French Jesuit cook book with a1000 recipes.
There are many last Masses on these days.  We also had a Mass with John Dardis as an officially closing Mass for the tertianship 2015-2016.  After Mass we processed to the garden right by the side of the chapel to bless the newly tree as a mark of tenth year anniversary of the tertianship in Dublin, where Fr. Jan and our cook Tommy had witnessed many Jesuit went through the formation here from many countries over the world.
Finally, we had a Mass on Saturday without guests or visitors, but just the community.  After mass, Gregoire and Clement represented us presenting gifts to our dear instructors Fr. Jan and Fr. Paul.  A mini laptop for Fr. Jan de Poll for it might be useful and convenient for him to travel light.  A good warm water proof jacket for Fr Paul Pace who came from sunny Malta.  This jacket my keep him warm and dry in an unpredictable weather Ireland.  There is much laughter and also lots of talking for a couple of days, before the return of silence to the house, when everyone leaves for his home province.
Thank you God for a good year!  Thank you Irish Province, especially the Manresa Jesuit Community who have hosted us for the last nine months.  Thanks Jan and Paul for your special guidance and good examples.  We really appreciate all your love, care and work.  May God bless you always and give you good health.
May everyone of us have a safe journey and focus ourselves on Jesus wherever we go and in whatever we do!
Tertians 2015-2016
Batch 2015-16

Batch 2015-16

May 8, 2016
This week was a busy one.  The house suddenly became different, noisy and joyful since many guests came to stay at the community. We also had very interesting presentations.
The first one was by Ignatio Bone, SJ, a Jesuit psychiatrist from Spain.  Ignatio led the community to reflect about our formation by looking through each psychological stage of our Jesuit life.  It was a helpful presentation to guide us towards the golden threads in various aspects of our Jesuit life: between God and oneself, between our spiritual director and oneself, and between companions and oneself.  The presentation also touched the reality of Jesuit life: temptations of becoming a hero, a superman, a wounded veteran or a balloon man…
Second, we had the presentation of Terence O’Reilley, a professional from Cork.  Though Terence is a layman, he has a great love of Ignatian Spirituality.  He had studied extensively about Ignatian Spirituality many years before he met a Jesuit.   Terence gave us a good historical background of Ignatius at the time of his writing the Spiritual Exercises and the Rules of thinking with the Church.  He really showed us Ignatius as a man of God and of the Church, which he loved so much.  He strived to keep harmony with the Church, even though there were hard times. Terence really inspired us to learn more Ignatian spirituality as Jesuits.
Finally the community wrapped up the week with a joyful and lively Haustus night with Karaoke on Friday evening.  Thanks Jeff, Angelo and Gregoire for organizing this.  That was a fun night, a real community night. Each and every one of us gathered around and forgot our shyness and the rigidity and maturity of adulthood to become so free and youthful by singing and dancing.  We broke the rules by singing until past 10:00pm!  It was good to be like a child again, a great gift that we may have forgotten, or have become afraid to show to the world.
May 1, 2016
It was a very good and enjoyable week.  We had three very good presentations.  Though they were three totally different topics, they were all extremely interesting: Vocation promotion, Digital world, and Oriental Spirituality.
The first presentation, on Vocation promotion, was led by Angelo and Hanh.  It was a relaxed and enjoyable presentation.  The community was divided into two groups: Vocation promoters and Vocation searchers.  They were instructed to find their activities in different and unusual places with the intention of being creative, getting out of their comfort zone and deepening themselves in prayer. Both groups were asked to place themselves in the shoes of the other group.   They had a brainstorming session taking the other group’s age and responsibilities into consideration to see how they would act in each others’ role. Then both groups came together to compare to share and compare their expectations of each other.  The presentation was concluded with a raw instruction from Ignatius. Then everyone was invited to ponder some questions as an examen, to reflect about being responsible for the promotion of the vocation of life as a Jesuit.
The second presentation led by Gregoire was about the powerful influence of the digital world on the life of everyone today.  The internet is one of the seven most important human inventions through the ages: fire, written language, wheel, printing, steam machine, electricity, and internet.  The internet is changing today’s world and taking control of all human’s activities today.  The question is not whether I should use this technology or not, but rather, how I should use it so that I can control it rather let it control me.  This is a reality today that everyone has to face: even the religious are not exempt.  Digital power is changing religious life, and it effects the way we are living out our vows as well.
Third was the presentation on Oriental Spirituality by Zejlko.  It was very interesting to see the difference between Oriental and Latin churches. There is a big gap between east and west.
Finally, another good thing of this week was a long weekend, since tomorrow, Monday is a public holiday.  Different groups went out to different parts of the country to explore Ireland and enjoy it before leaving it in three weeks.  Some went to Galway, others went to Belfast, and others went to a nearby town, Greystones.  It was a good time for relaxing together.
Apr. 24, 2016
Three highlights of this past week have been: communal discernment, qualities for the General and community life sharing.
The discussion on communal discernment was a very good one.  We loved what Fr. Paul shared about the way the Malta Province did their communal discernment.  That kind of discernment draws the whole province together and beside God.  That is the beauty of Ignatian Spirituality.  Almost every person in almost every organization on this earth has to discern many times during their daily life. However, as Jesuits and as Christians we must be experts about Ignatian discernment in particular. This means we must always discern with God and seek God’s will, not try to discern alone, by ourselves.  This is important, and sometimes it can be too challenge to everyone. 
 
Together we also went through another interesting topic: qualities for Fr. General.  Fr. Nick from British Province came as a guest speaker and he led the community through this discussion.  Ignatius wrote in the Constitution that a person who is elected to be the General must have these following six qualities: Familiarity with God; Love of neighbor and Humility; Modesty, Temperance, Decorum; Kindness and Rectitude; Magnanimity, Fortitude, Perseverance, Constancy and Equanimity; Learning and Prudence, and Initiative and Completion.  We found these to be important qualities the General must possess, but then it also sounds quite impossible!  For where on earth do we find someone with all those qualities! Ignatius does not only set a great challenge for the Society, but also for the Jesuit elected as General who will also feel great pressures from the Ignatius standard.

Finally, the beauty of community life is sharing. We are so diverse in this community, while still being very united. We experience this unity during our meals and also after meals.  Everyone lends a hand to do the dishes, clean the kitchen and put it in order. Then, on the weekend, all tertians from different ethnic backgrounds take it in turns to “show off” his traditional favorite meal.
Life is so beautiful! 
Apr. 17th, 2016
             It was a busy but lively week.  We had many good discussions and some very interesting visitors.  First of all we spent a morning as usual, sharing our reflection from the previous week.  Then we had Br. Alan leading the group to reflect and discuss about the Brotherhood in our Society.  It was one of important topics for us to discuss at this stage of our Jesuit life as tertians, because it helped us to be more aware of the important and indispensable presence of Brothers in the Society.  The good news is that most of us have had positive experiences with the Brothers who have had certain influence on the formation of each of us.  There are not many differences in the way priests and brothers are treated in the Society.  We have now become more aware of the necessity to promote not only the Priest, but also the Brother in our Society.
We then had a day to continue the discussion on the Vow of Poverty and Obedience. We were divided into two groups and both had very good presentations and case studies.  Discussing these cases helped us to now feel more mature in the Society, willing to be in charge of the its  development, and prepared to take on important roles and responsibilities within the Society.  The next day, Jan and Paul gave us presentations on the Fourth vow.  These helped us to clarify some confusion about how various grades are allowed to take different vows and hold diverse roles within the Society.
At the end of the week we welcomed a family of three: Caecilia Vanneste and Antoon Sintobin and their son Julius.  They came all the way from Belgium to share with us their experiences of working with the Jesuits by collaborating between laity and Jesuits.  It was impressive to hear their witness and life dedication to the mission of the Society.  They did not only share their life stories with us: they also shared Belgian chocolates which they brought with them!  And in gratitude we gave them a great laugh with a funny game on Friday night haustus.  It was a beautiful evening spent together as laity and Jesuits.
Finally, we had good treats this weekend with a French dish of mussels prepared by Gregoir and Clemont on Saturday, and the Vietnamese dish of Bánh xèo cooked by Hanh on Sunday.  It is lovely to live in an international community where we can enjoy various ethnic dishes every week.
It was a good week.  Thanks God and thanks everyone.
Apr. 10th, 2016
It was a fast week and many activities went by quickly. Although everyone has been back for two weeks, some people still feel it is a transition and have not got used to the routine of life here.  We began the week with a reflection, as usual lead by Jan.  During the rest of the week we focused on the three vows: poverty, obedience and chastity.  Thanks to the advance of internet, Walter, far away in Belgium, was still able to join us for some of the discussions.
The topic of obedience went by quickly, and wasn’t very exciting.  However, it was very different when we discussed the vow of poverty.  One can almost say it is like a war whenever the community talks about liturgy and poverty.  These are very difficult topics in a religious community, at least among Jesuit communities.  Thus the atmosphere in the meeting room became more dynamic when we discussed poverty, and time went by quickly.  Some people felt the time was too short for such an important topic, and wanted another day for more discussion.  Thus two more days have been set aside for next week, for more time to discuss the vows of obedience and poverty, and will run by two different groups from the community.
We also had two mornings dedicated to discussing the vow of chastity, lead by Fr. Branden Callaghan, SJ.  Many of us were pleased with Branden’s presentations.  Though they were practical and informative, with handouts and case studies, Brendan used a tone that made us feel comfortable to discuss this topic.
The weekend was rather uneventful.  Ziad was pleased when he found a Syrian supermarket where he could buy traditional Syrian food.  Some people went to the Modern Art Museum, while others attended different churches for Masses or ministries, and Hanh had a group weekend retreat at the Dominican Retreat Center
Apr. 3rd, 2016
Welcome home!
Time flies.  It has already  been ten weeks since Jan. 14, when everyone wished “Bon voyage!” to one another before setting foot on their mission to different parts of the world.  Today everyone has come back, except Walter who needs to take care some medical concern in Brussel and cannot return for a moment.
It is true that there is no other place like home.  Everyone longed for this day, to come back home to live in a familiar environment, to see familiar faces, and especially to sleep on his own good ‘ol  bed.  The home, which had been too serene and quiet for ten weeks, suddenly became seemingly chaotic and noisy with  laughter and endless of stories  from thirteen people.  Each person has brought  home abundant stories of   experiences from different ministries, and is in a hurry to share them with others.  That makes the dinners last longer and more joyful than usual.  The house sounds like a garden in the  late afternoon, full of birds chirping, sharing  with one another what has gone on during the whole day.
After couple days of resting, we  spent three days sharing our stories.  All stories were colorful mixes of joyful and sad experiences, challenges and successes.  It has been a week since our return, and still,  although our body is here, most of us feel like we are still on the experiment.  It will  take a while to get back to the new routine.  It has to be fast, since in only seven more weeks, the tertianship will be finished.  Everyone will have to say “Goodbye” to one another again.  This time, each of us will return to our own province and we might not see one another ever again.
May the rest of the program  be a productive and joyful time, so that it will be a great memory for each person forever.
Jan. 11th – 14th, 2016
We had another set of discussions on the Spiritual Exercises this week. 
We were blessed this week by the presence of Sr. Ann Codd, a sister Presentation, who led us in a discussion on ministries.  The session was like a token for everyone to bring to the experiment. Most of us would have departed by Thursday (January 14) for our respective missions.  It was a short week; but there are some mixed feelings among us as everyone will go and scatter all over the world for a while, meeting new people, and doing new things.  Everyone will be missed!
Bon voyage everyone!  May God keep everyone safe, bless us, and guide us on this experiment.  May this experiment be an opportunity for us to reach out to the poor and the voiceless in the society today, and also may the experience of being immersed in the world touch our hearts deeply!
 
Jan. 4th-10th, 2016
It was a good week with a lot of joys.  We had, first of all, a talk from Joe de Pablo, a representative of the European provinces.  Joe’s presentation gave the community a sense of the changes happening in the last few years among the European provinces, but more importantly, Jose presented some projections for the European provinces for the next ten or twenty years.  Though many changes are seen to happen, we still feel optimistic about these changes.  The Society will continue to thrive and reach out further to wherever there are needs. 
We then continued to discuss about the Spiritual Exercises: how each one experienced it himself or by giving it to other people.  We discussed the challenges and helpful aspects about the Exercises.  Especially, the discussion was further illumined by a presentation of Sr. Avril O’Regan, RLR, one of the staff from Manresa Retreat Center.   She introduced a female perspective in giving the Exercises, which many male retreat directors might not be aware of, or often make mistakes by failing to consider such a perspective. 
It was not only a good week with good discussions, the week was ended with a great celebration for Jan de Poll who celebrated 40 years of being a Jesuit priest.  The liturgy was held at Clongowes Wood College together with the students and some parents of the all-boys boarding school.  It was a great opportunity for the students to witness the internationality of the Society of Jesus and that there are many young members of it as well.  Hopefully, the gathering of the Jesuits in the liturgy that Sunday might help some of the boys to consider becoming a Jesuit.
 
In the evening, the community was treated with an excellent Italian meal prepared by Marco’s relatives who happened to visit the community on the weekend.  That was a good way to lure everyone into a good sleep preparing for the coming week, the last week before everyone scatters all over the world for his mission.
 
December 28th – Jan. 3rd, 2016
We had a week “free.”  Actually, it was a week free of community activities, people could do their own things.  Thus some people involved helping the Year-End Retreat at Manresa Retreat Center, some other went to Galway for sightseeing and other went to visit friends and relatives.  It was an easy, resting and relaxing week.
December 21st – 27th, 2015
We finished a month long retreat on Monday the 21st.  Everyone felt that was a great time to be rested in God and reflect about our lives.  After a day of break, we gathered for two days for sharing in two different groups to share fruits and challenges of our prayers during the retreat.  Then we prepare for the Christmas celebration.  Some people prepared a lovely nativity scene under the altar in the chapel and some others decorated a Christmas tree in the meeting room.  Just a day before the Christmas, the house had nothing looked like that Christmas was that close at our door, but today with decoration around the house that made the house looks very different and everyone felt joyful.  The tertian community joined the Manresa community for Christmas Masses and celebration.  The Masses were simple and quiet but beautiful with music and warmth of the community gathering together, though it was cold and rainy outside.  On the 25th we had a real Irish Christmas celebration with drinks, turkey and ham.  The community had a wonderful Christmas celebration, except poorly for Jeff and Jiří got sick and could not join us.
November 2nd-8th, 2015
Weather has changed and it has been cloudy and rainy more this week.  It seemed to support the mood of the week.  Everyone became calmer and the house was also quieter.  The community had been through a week of sharing life stories.  Each person could have an hour to share his life story.  Each story was different and unique, but beautiful and special.  It helped the community knows each other better and a deeper level.
We ended the week as usual with a free Saturday.  People scattered to different directions.  Some people went to Bray for hiking, and others went to Knock for praying, but then came home for a delicious Italian supper prepared by Marco and Jiri.  Sunday is a reflection ministry day and then gathered in the evening for an American breakfast by Zeljko and Hanh.
October 26th-November 1st, 2015
Like leaves were colorful on trees outside when the weather is turning colder at this time, the community in this week was also very colorful, but joyful.  This was a week of presentations on the Constitutions.  The community was divided into pairs and each pair took an hour to present their assignment in their own way.  This week focused on the General Examen and the Mission.  It was good to see different groups with different ideas and ways to present their understanding of the Constitutions.  Every presentation was thoroughly, but also very spiritual.  It made the community to feel like we already entered the retreat.  Some people even made a joke that I would not think that I need a retreat anymore for I am already in.  The content of presentations was lively continued in conversations at tea times and meals.
On Thursday night, the weather was cold and there were some misty, but could not prevent some people went to watch a new released movie of James Bond, Spectre.  People really enjoyed and felt relaxed after a week of intense with presentations.
Friday morning, the community also experienced of a very interesting presentation on dreams by Paddy Greene S.J.  This could be a helpful too for everyone before entering the Exercises in two weeks.
We ended the morning session with Mass and a birthday celebration for Hanh Pham.  I was a simple but very nice way of expressing our companionship in the community.  We then had a haustus organized by Gregoire.  He prepared drinks and a fun game, Time’s Up, for everyone to participate.  It was a joyful night.
The weekend was ended like other usual weekends, some people scattered out to different places to continue explore the city, some others continued writing his autobiography.  However, we enjoyed the weekend with delicious French food prepared by Walter, Ziad, Clemont and Gregoire.     
October 19th-25th, 2015
We now entered into the fifth week of the Tertianship and this week can be called a “Cultural Week.”  We started the week by studying the new translation of the Roman Missal. The initial input was a video presenting the thoughts of John Baldwin, SJ, about the new translation.  I can call this is a new culture in the liturgy today.  The discussion on the liturgy was continued with a presentation by Vlasto Dufka, SJ.  It was different from other liturgical presentations that most people had before, which often talked about rubrics.  Vlasto focused more on the spirit of the liturgy.  Vlasto is a musician and thus he leaned toward the use of music in liturgy to make people more participative in the liturgy and express the beauty of it.
 
We moved to another kind of culture in the Church, especially that of the Irish Church today.  We learned and discussed the regulations of the Irish Church and State on how to create a safe environment for children in all church ministries.  The presentation and discussion was led by Joe Greenan, a staff of the Irish Province.  We also had this week Gerard Clarke, SJ, a Jesuit pastor at Xavier Church. He shared with us his own vocation, especially his ministry, and dreams for the church in Ireland.  We heard a truly inspiring and very enjoyable sharing that night. 
 
Again we also spent some time to continue talking about the Constitution of the Society.  Jan and Paul gave an overviewed of the First and Seventh of the Constitution as a preparation for the assigned presentations by each tertian next week.
   
We ended the fifth week with “Celtic Night.”  As it was little bit cold, everyone tucked oneself in weather protective clothes, hopped on the bus; while some people even walked to Arlington Hotel for an Irish dinner and drink at 6:30pm, plus of course the Celtic music and dance.  It was a fun and relaxing night; we got home by 11:00pm. 
   
It was a great week!
+Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam+

October 13th– 18th, 2015

The highlight of this week was the discussion on the Constitutions of the Society.  Tuesday was the first day of the discussion.  Paul led us through General Congregations 31-35 from to see that the Constitutions is continuously being developed according to the changes happening in the Church, and it is never finished.  The period from GC 31-35 was significant to the Society.  The Society was called to change according to the spirit of Vatican II, renewing and going back to its roots.  Thanks be to God for giving the Society great leaders, especially Fr. Pedro Arrupe, who led the whole Society through these very difficult times.
In the evening we had a dinner with our guest speaker, Sr. Elisabeth Cotter, IBVM, who worked for Diocese of Dublin as vicar for religious.  We enjoyed our time with her, and through her talk, we feel like we have “Jesuit sisters” for they adopted our Constitutions as theirs.
On the next day, Jan continued with the discussion of GC 35 before we had, at the end of the week, the lectures of Brian O’Leary on the Constitutions.  Brian gave an overview of what the Constitutions look like, what are the important points in understanding the Constitutions and how it was created.  It was highlighted in the talk that the Constitutions is not just only a juridical, but a spiritual text as well.  Therefore, a Jesuit does not only study the Constitutions, but he can pray the Constitutions as well.
+Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam+

October 12th, 2015

We spent an hour sharing about our reflections on last week’s events.  Jan, then, introduced to the community different possibilities for the long experiment.  Everyone seemed to be excited and looked forward to the experiment.  Conversations from the different tables during dinner and supper today were about one’s preference for the Experiment. 

October 10th – 11th, 2015

Saturday was a free day and everyone scattered to different things to enjoy his own day. 

Sunday was a ministry and reflection day and again people went to different parishes to attend or help celebrate the Sunday liturgy. 

October 9th, 2015

Today was a relaxing day.  We spent a couple of hours discussing about the vow of chastity.  The afternoon was free, but we had an early supper for we hosted a presentation on Immigrants at 7:30pm.  All guests tonight were Jesuits from local communities.  Paul and Ziad led the presentation and discussion, both had experienced working at the JRS in Malta and Syria.  There were about 30 guests tonight and a special haustus followed after a short dialogue between the speakers and participants.  People hang around for drinks; it was also a good opportunity for both local Jesuits and tertians to meet each other.  It was a good and enjoying day. 

October 6th – 8th, 2015 – Visiting Glendalough

We began the Glendalough trip with a Mass at 9:00am and departed by 10:00.  We arrived at the Tearmann Spirituality Center and checked in by 11:30.  After everyone found his room, we gathered for a simple lunch.  We visited the visitor center by 3:00pm as we had to wait a bit for Walter, one of tertians who had to fly back to his province for a talk.  Unfortunately, he could not make it one time because of some complications in getting a ride to Glendalough. 

We watched a short movie of Glendalough at the visitor center and then visited a museum.  After which, Jan led the group for a tour of the ancient Celtic monastery with its famous St. Kevin’s tower, his church and the cemetery.  Though there was drizzling, everyone enjoyed walking around to discover the place.

Everyone came back to the Tearmann Center around 6:00pm to prepare for supper.  It was cold and raining outside, but was warm and cozy inside as the community gathered around for a simple supper prepared by Gregoire and Clemont.  The conversation during the meal was rather exciting as the community discussed something about the liturgy.  For example, someone presented the reason for the difference between the Orthodox Catholic and Roman Catholic traditions in making the sign of the cross.  The conversation continued even after supper when some people enjoyed playing cards, while the others talked about things about the religious life, especially the role of the Carthusian abbess. 

Wednesday, we began with a talk from Fr. Michael Rogers of the St. Patrick’s Missionary Society.  Michael is in charge of the Tearmann Spirituality Center.  Michael shared a brief overview of Christianity in Ireland before everyone scattered all over Glendalough for the whole day. 

It turned out to be a beautiful sunny day.  Jiri walked alone for 20 km today, he had the record for walking the longest distance.  By late afternoon, everyone came back for a liturgy celebrated by Fr. Michael.  It was the feast of Holy Rosary.  Again after Mass, we gathered for a simple supper and followed by a social time listening to music and playing cards like yesterday.

Thursday was a free morning.  Everyone took the chance to walk around the monastery grounds before we had a dinner and headed back to Dublin at 1:00pm.  Everyone got home safely by 3:30 and had a little rest before the Mass at 5:30.  Supper was at 6:00.

It was a short trip, but a really good one.  Everyone enjoyed it very much. 

October 5th, 2015 – Autobiography

As usual, Monday begins with an hour of sharing based on our 1-hour reflection last Sunday where we looked back to the whole previous week’s events.  Today everyone felt more relaxed after going through last week’s sharing from the heart. Everyone was looking forward to tomorrow’s excursion to Glendalough.

After the sharing, Jan introduced how to write an autobiography to the whole community.  Everyone was encouraged to write his own life story according to the movement from his heart especially during prayer.  A tertian can write in the language most comfortable to him.  Everyone will then share his story before entering the Spiritual Exercises in November. 

October 4th, 2015 – Ministry/Reflection Day.

Today is Sunday, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of Italy.  People scattered to different parishes for Mass, but came home for a delicious diner with pasta and chicken prepared by Marco and Zelko.  As it was a feast day, so why not have some red wine to make it look like a bit of a celebration, and then tiramisu for a desert.  Wow, it was yummy!

Around 3:00 in the afternoon, though the weather was kind of chilly and windy, it did not stop some people from taking a bus to walk around Phoenix Park.  It is the biggest park in Europe!  The group walked for two hours but had just covered a quarter of the park.  After leaving the park, they walked to St. Francis Xavier church, one of Jesuit parishes in Dublin, to attend the 7:30p.m. Mass.  They got to the church a little early before Mass, and all were tired and hungry.  They stopped by the Jesuit community hoping to meet a Jesuit there and have a dinner, but did not meet anyone.  They then just bought pizzas and hamburgers and munch on them at the steps right in front outside of the Jesuit community! 

St. Francis Xavier is well-known with its good Gospel choir.  There were many young people at the Mass.  The reflections at the beginning of the Mass and after the communion were quite good.  After the Mass, the group chatted with the parishioners while having tea.  They then met the pastor, Fr. Jerry and two Jesuit regents from Poland, chatted a little bit and walked to the bus to come home around 9:45pm. 

It was a chilly and windy day, but not rainy.  It was a good day.    

October 3rd, 2015 – Free Day!

Today was a cold and cloudy day, signifying that winter is coming; it was a free day.  Most of the community members gathered in the chapel at 9:30am to celebrate Mass.  Gregoire presided over the liturgy.  A while later, some headed to Howth Peninsula for a walk.

 

The two Filipino brothers went out to celebrate Mass with a Filipino community in the town.

 

In the evening, the whole community was treated with a great delicious meal, French crepe, prepared by Gregoire and Ziad. 

    

October 2nd, 2015 – Speaking from the Heart (last day)

Today is the last day for the activity of Speaking from the Heart. The last three tertians shared their stories. 

 

As usual, Friday night after supper is haustus time.  Everyone gathered to have drinks and to enjoy international music. 

 

October 1st, 2015 – Speaking from the Heart (cont.)

We continued sharing stories from the heart.  Four more tertians shared today.  All the sharing had Community Life as theme. 

 

Some members of the community gathered at the aula to watch Hobbit II. 

September 30th, 2015 – Speaking from the Heart (cont.)

Starting from today to the next few days, all tertians shared their stories from, two persons in the morning and two in the afternoon.  This way of sharing is very beautiful because it is a reflective story where one speaks from the heart about one’s real experience.  After each sharing from a tertian, the other tertians are invited to share the feelings evoked in him while listening to the story.  Though it is a very good way of sharing, it is also challenging, not only because it is unfamiliar to most people, but also because of language limitations among the tertians.

It was a heavy day and thus after dinner, Gregoire proposed to show a movie entitled, “Hobbit.”  Some gathered after supper to watch Hobbit I. 

September 29th, 2015 – Speaking from the Heart!

Today we shifted to a deeper level of communication, which was Speaking from the Heart after learning the way Ignatius sharing from his heart.  Jan and Paul initiated sharing their stories from their own real experiences.  “Vocation” could be a word that summarizes those stories.

September 28th, 2015

This morning we continued and finished the Autobiography of St. Ignatius.  It was very good time for us to go back to read Ignatius’ life again.  Though everyone had read it before in the novitiate, everyone found it different this time.

We got a free afternoon until 6:00pm and we had to share about our one-hour Sunday reflection.  It will be a custom of the community for the entire program.  Each one has to spend an hour of reflection every Sunday on the events of the week that passed.   So far everyone felt good and was aware that he was in a transition and it was a good transition. 

September 27th, 2015 – A Ministry and Reflection Sunday

Today is Sunday and tertians are free to attend or celebrate Masses at different churches in town.  Bogdan went out to celebrate Mass at St. Monica’s Nursing Home, while Walter went to Children’s Hospital.  Others went to neighborhood church, but many celebrated Mass together at home to pray for Syria. 

It was also the first weekend tertians started cooking.  As Walter cooked yesterday, today Clement prepared a delicious dinner with pork-chops and pasta.  Everyone enjoyed and had some leftover for supper. 

It was a relaxing day!

September 26th, 2015 – Free Day!

It was free day for the community.  Most of community members used the day to explore different sights of Dublin.  They went home with a hot supper of rice and curry chicken prepared by Walter.

Other three tertians used the day to go to the Immigrant Office to apply for their visa.  Learning from experience, they went early to the Immigration Office.  As bus service is yet unavailable at 6:00am, Gregoire and Clement offered to take the three to the city.  They thought that they would be one of the first persons at the door, but no.  There were many people covered with blankets already standing or laying in the line.  They had to wait and were not able to get in the building until 12:00.  After being inside the building, the process of having a visa took another five hours after paying €300.  It was a long, cold and patient-testing day.  However, they still felt lucky for many others were in the queue behind them that could not get in.  Thus when the tertians received their visas and after that long, hungry and frustrating day, they decided to have a celebration by finding an Asian restaurant and have a good meal!  When the tertians got home, they decided to have a Mass of thanksgiving before seeing anyone in the house.  However, the Mass was interrupted by Jan, who was longing to hear the news.  When he heard that all tertians received their visa, he was so joyful and shouted out “YES” to all others who were also waiting for the news!  It was not only a great relief for the concerned tertians, but also a source of great joy for the other tertians and especially for the Tertian directors.

September 25th, 2015 – An Autobiography of St. Ignatius Day

The focus of today was on the life of St. Ignatius.  In the first two sessions of this morning, Paul led the community in going back to the autobiography of St. Ignatius.  We were encouraged to continue reading the life St. Ignatius on our own. 

We had a Eucharist and supper with the presence of John Dardis, the president of the European Assistancy.  In the Eucharist, John focused on the role of the prophet Haggai from the First Reading:  Haggai was brave to stir up and challenge the society.  From the role of Haggai, John linked it to the talk of Pope Francis who was then visiting the US.  It was the first time in American History that a pope was invited to talk to the House.  The pope also stirred up and challenged the House on issues like immigrant, abortion, gun trading.

We ended the day with a haustus with John Dardis, and we had Irish drinks!  Gregoire played bartender and served drinks to the community.  It was a joyful and relaxing night!

September 24th, 2015 – Relaxing/ Visa Day!

It was basically a free day if not for the talk on Transition at 4:30pm.  Most of the tertians had a relaxing day by just leisurely walking around Dublin. 

Today was also a good opportunity for those who needed to work on their Irish Visa.  This group had to leave the house very early in the morning, at 6:30 a.m., to be at the Irish Immigration and Naturalization Services for their visa.  Unfortunately, when they arrived there, hundreds of people had already queued up even though the office wouldn’t open until 9:00am.  It was a cold day to wait outside, but because a visa is a requirement for anyone who wants to stay in Ireland over three months, this group of tertians then also stood in line to get the ticket that will enable them to get into the building and start the application process. But after three hours of waiting in the cold, they, together with a large number of people had to go home empty handed.  The office ran out of tickets as the maximum number of visa that can be processed for the day had been reached.  It wouldn’t be hard to imagine then the disposition of these tertians as they headed back to the community.

Frustration is one of the feelings that a person in transition will most likely go through.  All tertians, somehow, are in some kind of a transition.  The community listened to a presentation entitled “Transition” which was given by Kevan Egan.  Kevan’s talk allowed everyone to become more aware of one’s own transitions, in which there would be some losses, changes, and chaos not only at this present moment but also for the rest of the coming years; but that it was all for the good of each one.  Perhaps the most significant change true to most of the tertians was a change in one’s role — from a provider to a receiver, from a teacher to a student, from a busy person to a laid back one…     

September 23rd, 2015 – Ground Rules Day

Paul led the community in beginning a new day by going over what everyone had shared yesterday regarding their hope for the year.  He then introduced the whole process of Tertianship and what it was.  Though Tertianship is called by different names, easily, the most beautiful is it being called “The School of the Heart.” 

Being an important process in the formation of Jesuits, Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ, the former General once said, “the Third Year (Tertianship) must give to each the opportunity to attain, at the end of his formation, the spiritual unity demanded by his vocation.”         

The morning was ended by a community Mass with Paul as presider. Because the morning session focused on what we shall be doing in the School of the Heart, Paul used the Mass for the Sacred Heart of Jesus as our liturgy for today. 

The afternoon was free and this allowed some of us to explore the city and do the Jesuit Walk in the Dublin downtown.  Jiri, who is a Czech, but was in Dublin before, acted as the tour guide wherein he demonstrated how to ride a bus and led the Jesuit Walk.  It was a sunny afternoon, a real blessed time to be in Ireland!   

We ended the day with a dinner and haustus together with the retreat house community.  This is the first time we met almost all of the members of the retreat house community.

September 22nd, 2015 – Orientation Day!

9:30 a.m., the community spent the first session of the day by a brief introduction of oneself.  Perhaps this is the first time for some tertians to experience a diverse community like this, not only in cultures, but in life and religious experiences as well.  This is a good occasion to truly see that a Jesuit does not enter a specific community, or a province, but the universal Society.  This will surely be an interesting and exciting year for everyone to experience a truly international Society.

The morning’s second session was facilitated by Fr. Paul wherein the tertians had to answer the question: What is your hope(s) for this year?  Everyone was very open and very genuine in sharing what their hopes for the year were; some like to become more focused on God’s call, to be more attentive to God’s will, to the deepening of their lives in God’s love, or to be more open to the call of the Society…

Lastly, Fr. Jan “handed the house over” to all tertians by giving out house jobs.  This is a basic but highly important matter.  This year will truly become a pleasant, joyful and most memorable year if each person cares for this house and for one another.  Fr. Jan let each person propose three options of house jobs and from this proposals, he based what job to give to a tertian.

We ended the morning be a community Mass at 12:20 celebrated by Jan, and then we had a dinner at 1:00 prepared by the community cook, Tommy and his assistant. 

The afternoon was spent with a session with meet Monica, the housekeeper, who showed everyone where things are in the house and how to take care of our house, especially the dining room, kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms.  Jan then brought the group around the compound, especially in the retreat house where we saw a very peaceful and beautiful chapel and the province library.  Also on the compound are two large labyrinths where people can meditate while walking.  As it was a clear day, Jan led everyone up to the top floor of the retreat house to look through the window to view the ocean and see the passing cruise ships.

It was an easy day, and it was also a very pleasant day when every gathered together that night for haustus and ceilidh.  Ceilidh is an Irish term for an introduction day, in which people do not only say their name, which country they come from, but share something special about their culture through arts, music or stories.  It was an interesting and joyful hour.  At the beginning everyone was still shy and hesitant to share their talents, but after Jan initiated the sharing by singing a Javanese song, people started to open up and sing as well.  Especially after a few drinks, many people were more willing to sing, even though some initially said that did not know how to sing. 

It was a lovely night!

September 21st, 2015 – Welcoming Day!

Welcome to the English-speaking European Tertianship 2015!

At 6:00pm today, September 21st, all tertians arrived safely in Cardoner House.  Cardoner House is the home of those participating in the European Tertianship program.   The house is located within the compound where Manresa Jesuit Spirituality Center in Dublin is.  We are blessed to have eleven tertians and two directors coming from eleven countries: Netherlands, Malta, Belgium, Italy, France, Poland, Czech Republic, Syria, Croatia, Philippines and United States of America. 

Though we came from long trips and from different corners of the world, everyone was happy to be welcomed by a warm Irish dinner by Tertian directors, Fr. Jan de Poll, SJ and Fr. Paul Pace, SJ.  After the highly enjoyable dinner, everyone marched to the beautiful chapel of the house for the welcome Mass presided over by the Provincial of Ireland, Fr. Tom Layden, SJ. 

This is truly a welcoming day with a lot of happenings within a short time.  After Mass, the community gathered for haustus; it was a good time to learn a little bit about one another and to spend some time with the Provincial of Ireland before crashing to bed after a day of traveling!

It was a long day; but everyone was hopeful and eagerly looking forward to the events of the next months as this is an important period in the life of a Jesuit.

   

October 3rd, 2015 – Free Day!

Today was a cold and cloudy day, signifying that winter is coming; it was a free day.  Most of the community members gathered in the chapel at 9:30am to celebrate Mass with Gregoire as the presider.  Some then headed to Howth Peninsula for a walk.
 
The two Filipino brothers went out to celebrate Mass with a Filipino community in the town.
 
In the evening, the whole community was treated with a great delicious meal, French crepe, prepared by Gregoire and Ziad. 
    
October 2nd, 2015 – Speaking from the Heart (last day)
Today is the last day for the activity of Speaking from the Heart. The last three tertians shared their stories. 
 
As usual, Friday night after supper is haustus time.  Everyone gathered to have drinks and to enjoy international music. 
 
October 1st, 2015 – Speaking from the Heart (cont.)
We continued sharing stories from the heart.  Four more tertians shared today.  All the sharing had Community Life as theme. 
 
Some members of the community gathered at the aula to watch Hobbit II. 

September 21st, 2015 – Welcoming Day!

Welcome to the English-speaking European Tertianship 2015!

It was about 6:00pm today, September 21th, every tertian has safely arrived to Cardoner House, the house for all tertians and directors which is on the land of Manresa Jesuit Spirituality Center in Dublin.  We are blessed to have eleven tertians and two directors coming from eleven countries: Netherlands, Malta, Belgium, Italy, France, Poland, Czech Republic, Syria, Croatia, Philippines and United States of America. 

Though we came from long trips and from all directions of the world, everyone was happy with a warmth welcoming dinner, first Irish dinner by Tertian directors, Fr. Jan de Poll, SJ and Fr. Paul Pace, SJ.  After a well-fed dinner, everyone marched to a beautiful chapel of the house for a welcoming Mass by the Provincial of Ireland, Fr. Tom Layden, SJ. 

This is truly a welcoming day with a lot of happenings in short time.  After Mass, the community gathered for a haustus, a good time to learn a little bit about one another and to spend some times with the Provincial of Ireland before to crash in bed after a day of traveling!

It was a long day, but everyone was hopeful and look forward for this important year of Jesuit life.

September 22nd, 2015 – Orientation Day!

9:30 a.m., the community spent the first session of the day by introducing briefly about each other.  Perhaps this could be the first time to some tertians to experience a diverse community like this, not only in cultures, but in life and religious experiences as well.  This is truly to see that a Jesuit is the one who does not enter a specific community, or a province, but the Society.  This will be an interesting and exciting year to everyone to experience the Society at large, worldly.

The morning session was continued by the leading of Fr. Paul with a question: What is your hope(s) for this year?  Everyone was very open and very genuine in their sharing what their hopes were like to be more focus on God’s call, to be attentive to God’s will, to deepening their lives in God’s love, or to be more open to the call of the Society…

Last but not least, Fr. Jan “handed the house over” to all tertians by giving out house jobs.  This is the basic and important thing.  This year will be a pleasant, joyful and most memorial year depending on how each person cares for this house and for one another.  Jan lets each person choose three options of house jobs and he will base on that to assign jobs in the house.

We ended the morning be a community Mass at 12:20 celebrated by Jan, and then we had a dinner at 1:00 prepared by our cook, Tommy and his assistance. 

The afternoon sessions were times to meet Monica, a housekeeper, who showed everyone where things are in the house and how to take care of our house, especially the dining room, kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms.  Jan then led us a tour around the campus, especially the retreat house, in which there was a very peaceful and beautiful chapel, plus the province library.  Also on the campus there are two large labyrinths where people can meditate while walking.  It was a clear day, Jan led everyone up to the top floor of the retreat house to look through the window toward the ocean and we were able to see cruise ships from afar.

It was an easy day, and it was also a very pleasant day when every gathered together at night for a haustus and ceilidh.  Ceilidh is an Irish term for an introduction day, in which people do not only say their name, which country they come from, but share some specifically about their culture through arts, music or stories.  It was interesting and joyful hour.  At the beginning everyone was still shy and hesitant to share their talents, but after Jan initiated the sharing by singing in Javanese, people started to open and sing as well.  Especially after a few drinks, many people willing to sing, even some initially said that did not know how to sing. 

That was a lovely night!

September 23rd, 2015 – Ground Rules Day

Paul led the community begin a new day with a reviewing and sharing of what everyone had shared yesterday on their hope for the year.  He then introduced the whole process of Tertianship and what it was.  Though Tertianship is called by different names, the most beautiful name must be “The School of the Heart.”  The Constitution of the Society Part V 2.1. #516 says,

It will be helpful for those who had been sent to studies, upon finishing the work and effort of intellectual formation, to apply themselves during the period of final probation to the school of the heart, exercising themselves in spiritual and corporal pursuits which can engender in them greater humility, abnegation of all sensual love and will and judgement of their own, and also greater knowledge and love of God our Lord; so that when they themselves have made progress, they can better help others to progress for the glory of God our Lord.

By this importance of Tertianship in the process of Jesuit formation, Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ, the former General once says, “the Third Year must give to each the opportunity to attain, at the end of his formation, the spiritual unity demanded by his vocation.”         

The morning was ended by the community Mass at noon celebrated by Paul.  Because the morning session focused the School of the Heart, Paul chose the intention of the Mass on the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 

We had an afternoon free to let everyone explore the city.  Some of us decided to explore the city and do the Jesuit Walk in Dublin downtown.  Jiri came from Czech, but was in Dublin before, was the tour guide teaching people how to ride a bus and led the Jesuit Walk.  It was a good afternoon without raining, a blessing time in the Ireland!   

We end the day by a dinner and haustus with the retreat house community, the first time we met almost all retreat house community members.

September 24th, 2015 – Relaxing/ Visa Day!

It was a free day until the talk on Transition at 4:30pm.  Most of tertians had a relaxing day by having a tour at different places in Dublin. 

Today was also a good opportunity for those who needed to apply for Visa.  Thus they had to leave the house very early morning, 6:30 a.m. to Irish Immigration and Naturalization Services for their visa.  Unfortunately, when they arrived there were hundreds of people already standing at the queue line, even though the office wouldn’t open until 9:00.  It was a cold day to wait outside, but because visa was a requirement for anyone who wanted to stay in Ireland over three months.  Those tertians also stood inline waiting to have a ticket to apply, but after three hours of waiting in cold, they were not able to have a ticket.  The officer announced that they ran out of tickets for the day.  Those tertians along with many others had to leave in disappointment, frustration and angry.

Frustration is one of experiences that anyone who is in transition must experience.  All tertians, somehow, are in the transition.  The community was arranged to have a presentation on the “Transition” by Kevan Egan.  Kevan brought everyone to be more aware of his own transition, in which there would be some losses, changes, and chaos in this moment and in this year, but that was for good.  Perhaps the most significant change at this time to most of tertains was a role changing: from a provider to a receiver, from a teacher to a student, from a busy person to a lay back one…     

September 25th, 2015 – An Autobiography of St. Ignatius Day

The focus of today was on the life of St. Ignatius.  In the first two sessions of this morning, Paul led the community going back to the autobiography of St. Ignatius.  We were encouraged to continue reading the life St. Ignaitus on our own. 

We had a Eucharist and supper with the presence of John Dardis, the president of the European Assistancy.  In the Eucharist, John focused on the role of the prophet Haggai from the First Reading, in which Haggai was brave to stir up and challenge the society.  From the role of Haggai, John also linked to the talk of Pope Francis who was visiting the US.  It was the first time in American History, a pope was invited to talk to the House.  The pope also stirred up and challenged the House on issues like immigrant, abortion, gun trading… 

We ended the day by a haustus with John Dardis, and we had Irish drinks!  Gregoire was playing as a bartender serving drinks to the community.  It was a joy and relaxing night!

September 26th, 2015 – Free Day!

It was free day for the community.  Most of community members used the day to explore different sights of Dublin.  They went home with a hot supper of rice and curry chicken prepared by Walter.

Other three tertians used the day to go to the Immigrant Office to apply for their visa.  Learning from previous day, today three tertians not taking a bus, but were offered a ride by Gregoire and Clement.  They got the Immigrant Office early 6:15a.m.  Before getting there they thought that they would be one of the first persons at the door, but no.  There were many people covered with blankets already standing or laying in the queue line.  They had to wait and were not able to get in the building until 12:00.  After being inside the building, the process of having a visa took another five hours after paying €300.  It was a long, cold and frustration day.  However, they still saw that they were lucky for many others were in the queue line behind could not get in.  Thus when the tertians received visas and after a long, hungry and frustration day, they decided to have a celebration by finding an Asian restaurant to have a good meal!  When tertians got home, they decided to have a Mass of thanksgiving before seeing anyone in the house.  However, the Mass was interrupted by Jan, who was longing to hear the news.  When he heard that all tertians received new visa, he was so joyful and shouted out “YES” to all others who were also waiting for the news!  That was not only a great relief for tertians, but also a great joy for other tertians and especially Tertian directors.

September 27th, 2015 – A Ministry and Reflection Sunday

Today is Sunday and tertians are free to attend or celebrate Masses at different churches in town.  Bogdan went out to celebrate Mass at St. Monica’s Nursing Home, while Walter went to Children’s Hospital.  Others went to neighborhood church, but many celebrated Mass together at home to pray for Syria. 

It was also the first weekend tertians started cooking.  As Walter cooked yesterday, today Clement prepared a delicious dinner with pork-chops and pasta.  Everyone enjoyed and had some leftover for supper. 

It was a relaxing day!

24th May 2015

This is our last day in Cardoner House. For those present at home there was Eucharist at 10 a.m. in our chapel – the Mass from the Solemnity of the Pentecost was presided by Fr. Jim. Today’s lunch was done by Adam with his usual extraordinary dedication.

All our personal activities now are focused to prepare our tomorrow departures back to our provinces.

Saturday 23rd May 2015

At morning there was once again time for personal colloquies with Fr. John Dardis or Fr. James Crampsey.

Before the lunch we had the conclusive Mass at the end of the tertianship, which was presided by Fr. John Dardis SJ. Also two other Jesuits from Manresa community were present, as well as at lunch prepared by Tomaz with help of Mourad and Balint.

Friday 22nd May 2015

Morning in first session was dedicated to the final sharing and personal evaluation of the whole Tertianship, of what was a moment of growth for as, what was challenging, what we expected and what we received, etc. Also Fr. Jim was present to this evaluation. Second session only we tertians as a group met with Fr. John Dardis SJ, the president of CEP, to evaluate the Tertianship program and to communicate him some suggestions to the next year.

Mass of today was presided by Fr. Jan, present were also some members of Manresa community and that was also last lunch made by our excellent chef Tommy.

This afternoon was given to us also a possibility to speak personally with Fr. John Dardis or Fr. Jim.

For these last days went from Canada also a guest of Jeff.

Thursday 21st May 2015

Morning was dedicated to short introduction to these last days. Were received some helping sheets to make our review of the Tertianship and personal integration of the past year.

Today’s Mass was presided by Petr H. Present were also some other members of Manresa Jesuit community which joined us also for lunch. Today we also gave thanks to our excellent chef Tommy for all his magnificent cooking during this year.

Today’s afternoon and evening came to the Cardoner House Fr. John Dardis SJ as the mayor superior of the European Tertianship and also Fr. James Crampsey SJ, our co-instructor from September till January, both of them to accompany us in these last days of our tertianship program.

Haustus at the evening was for us an occasion to express our gratitude to Fr. Jan van de Poll SJ, our Tertians Master, for the past year he dedicated to animate our community and organize all the program of the Tertianship. Our thanksgiving was expressed by a couple of gifts which made him happy as we could observe.

Wednesday 20th May 2015

During the holy Mass at 9 a.m., presided by Stjepan and co-presided by Fr. Jan, we finished our final retreat and we renewed or vows in the Society of Jesus. At the Eucharist there were present also Fr. Michael Drennan SJ, rector of Manresa community, Fr. Finbarr Lynch SJ, and also two friends of Tim from USA, who were in Dublin in these days.

Today we had a free day.

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Final Retreat 14th– 20th May 2015

The retreat was given by Fr. Jan, assisted by Fr. Finbarr Lynch SJ from Manresa Jesuit community. Both of them were alternating to take homilies during our everyday Masses in the chapel and accompanying us personally. In these days we celebrated Eucharist at 9.30 a.m. and at evening 8.00 p.m. we had opportunity to spend an hour of adoration in the chapel.

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Wednesday 13th May 2015

Free day. At lunch we congratulated our Adam for his 40th birthday. After supper at 8 p.m., we started our six days retreat in the chapel with Eucharistic celebration presided by Fr. Jan.

Tuesday 12th May 2015

This morning at both sessions spoke to us Fr. James Corkery SJ, an Irish Jesuit now teaching theology at Gregorian University (Rome), sharing with us his personal experience of living Jesuit life in the context of final vows and after concluded formation period in the Society of Jesus.

Eucharist of today presided Peter G.

Monday 11th May 2015

After the first session with reflection of the past week, in the second session of this morning Mrs. Pat Coyle, a journalist and collaborator of Irish Jesuits in the field of communication, shared with us some basic competencies regarding communication in media, especially in writing stories. After the lunch she did a small interview with four of us, which served as material for our afternoon workshop.

Today’s Mass was presided by Peter W. Afternoon went Fr. James Corkery SJ from Rome.

Saturday, 23th May 2015

The Tertians from the 2014 – 2015 program leave… and the next entry in this history will be written by a new generation of Tertians in September 2015.

Sunday 10th May 2015

Those of us, who went this year Sundays to supply Eucharistic celebration in Dublin, had today the last opportunity to say good bye to the people there. To the St. Monika Nursing Home went Balint together with Nick Austin SJ, who was going there as a Tertian a year ago, and to the Children’s Hospital went Jeff and Stjepan.

Fr. Nick Austin SJ left this afternoon going back to London.

Today’s chef in the kitchen was Peter W. Together with his Chinese friends he prepared an exquisite supper.

Saturday 9th May 2015

Free day. For the whole weekend Peter G. went with a group of Slovaks to the trip in surroundings of Killarney and Tomaz went near to Cork to give a retreat helping the people after abortion.

Today’s cook was Petr H.

Friday 8th May 2015

The speaker of today was Fr. Nick Austin SJ. He is a member of British province and teacher of moral theology on Heythrop College. In first session he spoke to us about the portrait of Jesuit leader today based on qualities required for superior general in Constitutions, part IX. In second session he spoke about the prayer of Examen today and how go beyond the famous approach of Ashenbrenner.

Today’s Mass presided Jeff.

Thursday 7th May 2015

Second day stayed with us Fr. Ignacio Bone SJ, continuing to speak about the topic of formation in SJ. Both today’s session were dedicated to the issue of the communitarian context of the Jesuit personal development.

Today’s Mass was presided by Stjepan. Fr. Ignacio Bone left at afternoon. At evening arrived Fr. Nick Austin SJ.

Wednesday 6th May 2015

At morning we dedicated two sessions to hear Fr. Ignacio Bone SJ, rector of the Comillas Jesuit community in Madrid and professor of psychology there. The topic of his lectures was formation in SJ. Today he spoke about the issue of growth and adult-self in in the Jesuit life.

Today’s Mass celebrated Tomaz.

Tuesday 5th May 2015

After reflection of the past week in first session we continued in the second session with Constitutions. Fr. Jan prepared a presentation about the part X – preservation and increase of SJ.

Today’s Mass presided Petr H. At early afternoon arrived our guest Fr. Ignacio Bone SJ from Madrid.

Monday 4th May 2015

Bank Holliday. Free Day. Guests of Balint and Peter G left today. At evening two groups came back to Dublin from their trips.

Sunday 3rd May 2015

Free day, continuing of our trips.

Saturday 2nd May 2015

Two groups of us left Cardoner House for trip because of long weekend. Group 1 including Jeff, Stjepan, Adam and Peter W. went by car on the north of Ireland (Belfast, Derry), sleeping in hostels. Group 2 went by train to Galway to be guests in the Jesuit community there and to visit Cliffs of Moher. Other tertians remained at home because their guests and visits in Dublin.

Also prof. Terence O’Reilly left this morning, staying with us in these days until today.

Friday 1st May 2015

At first session Adam had a presentation about community life in SJ how it is considered in Constitutions, part VIII. In second session Fr. Jan spoke about some practicalities in these last weeks of the Tertianship. Today’s Mass was presided by Tim.

At evening, guests of Peter G. from Slovakia – his sister with her daughter and grand-daughter, went to the visit for this weekend.

Thursday 30th April 2015

Morning were two session with prof Terence O’Reilly. In first session he told us about the origin of Spiritual Exercises in Spain 16th century in the context of spiritual and pastoral needs of that time. In second session he spoke about the first reception of Spiritual Exercises in Italy in the same century. Some question what rise up from his lectures he replied at late afternoon for those who were interested.

Today’s Mass presided Balint.

Wednesday 29th April 2015

We had our day of personal study, having time for reading, writing etc. Fr. Jose Magadia SJ left our house this morning. Today’s Mass from the feast of Saint Catherine of Siena, Patron of Europe, was presided by Dariusz.

This afternoon / late evening other guests arrived – prof. Terence O’Reilly and parents of Balint. Late night also Mourad came back from his stay in Rome.

Tuesday 28th April 2015

This morning the delegate of our Fr. General for the formation, Fr. Jose Magadia SJ (from Philippines, now in General Curia), was speaking to us about the topic of formation in SJ today. His speech was based on answering to our questions sent to him in advance. Afterwards he presided our community Mass and took the homily. As guests were present for the Mass and the following lunch also the Irish delegate for formation Fr. Terry Howard SJ and polish scholastic Blazej preparing himself for his regency in Ireland.

Monday 27th April 2015

After usual reflection of the past week we dedicated the second session of this morning to the issue of governance in the SJ, how it is described in the Constitutions, part IX. We worked in three groups with help of a PowerPoint presentation made by Fr. Jan and we discussed it and shared our experiences and questions in the whole group at the end.

Today’s Mass from the memorial of St. Peter Canisius SJ was presided by Adam. Was present with us our guest Fr. Jose Magadia SJ from the General Curia (Rome), he will speak to us tomorrow.

Sunday 26th April 2015

Sunday as usualy. To supply Eucharistic celebrations went Jeff in Children’s Hospital at Temple Street and Tim at St. Monica’s Nursing Home.

Today’s cook preparing supper was Jeff.

Saturday 25th April 2015

Free day. Mourad left this morning for Rome, to have there a punch of meetings with different diplomats and responsible people from the Vatican Curia about Syria. These meetings were planned by the JRS International office.

Tomaz and Jeff have this weekend their guests in our house. Supper was done by Balint.

Friday 24th April 2015

First session of today’s morning Fr. Jan after a short introduction to the topic of the vow of obedience opened large debate on it. In the second session Jeff returned to the topic of poverty with a theological input and a casus to the issue and followed once again a debate.

Today’s Mass was presided by Peter G.

Thursday 23rd April 2015

Today was dedicated to the Constitutions of SJ, part V, about admission to the SJ, especially to the last vows and criteria for it, and Part VIII about unity of hearts of members SJ and middles to that. In both topics there was a vivid debate.

Mass of today presided Peter W.

Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Free day destined to personal study and reading. Seven of us participated on an optional workshop about spiritual direction, given here to us by Fr. Stanley Charles Philips SJ, a Jesuit from Sri Lanka staying now in Ireland. Workshop had four sessions, two at morning and two at afternoon, including introduction to the topic and one practice session.

Fr. Stanley joined us also for our Mass from the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Society of Jesus, which was presided by Tomaz.

Tuesday 21st April 2015

This morning was dedicated to the topic of poverty in the Society of Jesus. An input based mostly on the Statutes on poverty gave to us Fr. Jan, after that followed a larch debate on experiences and challenges to live this vow in our personal and community live in our provinces.

Today’s Mass was presided by Stjepan.

Monday 20th April 2015

After the first session of usual reflection of the past week, the second hour of this morning was given to our guest Fr. Tomas Layden SJ, the provincial of Irish province of the Society of Jesus, who spoke to us about the situation and vision of Jesuits in Ireland.

He also presided to our community Eucharistic celebration and joined us for lunch.

Sunday 19th April 2015

Free day. At morning to supply Eucharistic celebrations as usually went Jeff in Children’s Hospital at Temple Street and Tomaz at St. Monica’s Nursing Home.

Supper was done by Tomaz, he offered to us some dishes of Nepalese cuisine.

Saturday 18th April 2015

Free day as usually. At morning four of us with Fr. Jan went to the funeral of John Dardis mother in Saint Antony’s Church in Kilcoole.

At evening our guest Mrs. Marielle Matthee went back to Liverpool where she is now doing some research. Once again, today’s cook was Adam replacing Stjepan who was spending time with his brother visiting Dublin.

Friday 17th April 2015

At mourning our guest Mrs. Marielle Matthee, a lawyer from Netherland involved in European Union institutions, spoke to us about her experience with Europe and EU. She will stay with us until tomorrow.

Today’s Mass presided Jeff. Afternoon three of us went also with Fr. Jan to the last good-bye (prayer and removal) of deceased mother of Fr. John Dardis SJ in Holy Family Residence (Clonskeagh, Dublin).

Peter G. went out of Dublin with a group of Slovak families to have a weekend retreat with them. At evening brother of Stjepan came as a guest for this weekend.

From this week we also started on proposal of Balint to have one hour of adoration in the chapel (optional) before supper from 6 p.m.

Thursday 16th April 2015

We continued in our sharing about placements. At morning were speaking Balint and Mourad, Stjepan and Jeff, at evening concluded Peter W. and Adam.

Today’s Mass was said by Petr H.

Wednesday 15th April 2015

We started to share our experiences from our placements (experiments). At morning shared their reflections Peter G. and Dariusz, Petr H. and Tomaz, at evening before supper Tim.

Today’s Mass was presided by Fr. Jan.

Tuesday 14th April 2015

Today we continued in the topic of Chastity and Sexuality with Fr. Brendan, who also presided our community Mass of today. He stays with us until tomorrow morning, when he will leave.

Monday 13th April 2015

After short introduction to our program after experiments, held by Fr. Jan, we had two sessions about Chastity and Sexuality, which led for us Fr. Brendan Callaghan SJ, a British Jesuit and novice master of North West Europe novitiate in Birmingham. After an input we worked in groups on two stories, the same procedure we had also on one session at evening. Fr. Brendan remains with us for a couple of these next days.

Today’s Mass was presided by Tim.

Sunday 12th April 2015

Free day. Fr. Jan, Mourad and Balint came back today, so now we are again in full number. Supper was prepared by Adam.

Saturday 11th April 2015

Free day without any common meal.

Friday 10th April 2015

Today we started again to follow our regular schedule. At morning we had two sessions with Fr. Gerard O’Hanlon SJ from Irish province about the Church and priesthood today. Mass before the lunch was said by Dariusz.

Thursday 9th April 2015

Free day to settle down after our arrivals. Mass before lunch was presided by Adam.

Wednesday 8th April 2015

This was the main day of returning home from our experiments – Tomaz, Dariusz, Tim, Adam and Petr W. came back in the daytime. At evening we had our first Mass together presided by Peter G. and our first supper prepared by our chef Tommy.

Tuesday 7th April 2015

At afternoon, Peter G. and Petr H. came back to the Cardoner House from their experiments. Jeff returned back already a day before.

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From 15th January to 8th April 2015

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Thursday 15th January 2015

From early morning to late afternoon we departure to our experiments places around the Europe and not only. Mourad went to Brussels (Belgium) to work in JRS Europe office, Peter G. to Beirut (Lebanon) to help JRS with refugees from Syria and Iraq, Dariusz went to Spitak (Armenia) to work with disabled people in a house of Sisters Missionaries of Charity, Balint traveled to London (England) to work in a nursing home, Tim to Manchester (England) to work in the university chaplaincy run by Jesuits, Peter W. remains in Dublin to work in Morning Star Hostel for homeless people, Jeff went to Belfast (North Ireland) to work in the parish, Stjepan went to Scotland to work in the catholic parish in Inverness, Adam to Moscow (Russia) to work with Mother Teresa sisters, Peter H. to Malta to work with refugees in JRS and Tomaz to Kathmandu (Nepal) also to collaborate with Mother Teresa sisters and to know more about the work of Jesuits in this country.

During our experiments writing of the historia domus is suspended.

Wednesday 14th January 2015

Free day for pack up our luggage.

Tuesday 13th January 2015

First hour of our morning session was dedicated to the introduction into the letters of St. Ignatius, offered to us by Fr. Jan. Second hour was dedicated to some practicalities connected with our coming experiments.

The Mass from the memorial of St. Hilary of Poitier was presided by Tim. For the Mass and lunch joined us Fr. Stanley SJ from Sri Lanka, staying now in Dublin and preparing himself to become the tertian instructor in his province.

Monday 12th January 2015

Early morning left from Dublin the friend of Slovenian provincial. After usual reflection of the past week, we had two session with Sr. Anne Codd, one at morning before mass and second at afternoon from 14.30. Sister Anne is a member of Congregation of Presentation and she facilitated for us some tools to reflect our coming pastoral experiments, giving to us some insight on topics of mission ad power. She joined us also for the Mass and lunch.

Today’s Mass of the first Monday in the ordinary time was presided by Mourad. Slovenian provincial Fr. Ivan Brescianin SJ left our community.

Sunday 11th January 2015

Free day. Usual Sunday supplies were done by Jeff and Stjepan. Morning two guest of Dariusz left from Dublin back to Poland. Four of us went to Clongowes Wood to visit the Jesuit college with boarding school and be invited to lunch. Today’s supper was cooked by Petr H.

Saturday 10th January 2015

Usual free day. Evening cook was Mourad.

Friday 9th January 2015

This morning we were pleased to welcome among us Sr. Avril O’Regan, a Sister of La Retraite, who is a member of the staff of the Manresa Retreat House. She spoke to us about her vocation and about origins of her religious congregation, connected with giving retreats to lay people from its very beginning in 17th century. After that she presented to us the work of the Manresa Retreat House, its offer of events, courses and retreats, as well as some suggestions on possible adaptation of Ignatian exercises to 8 day retreats. She also joined us for the mass and following lunch.

The Mass of today was presided by Tomaz. At afternoon Fr. Paul Pace left Dublin.

To our house came also two guest of Dariusz from Poland.

Thursday 8th January 2015

Today was free day, dedicated to reading or other personal study. Many of us however continued this morning in the topic of the last Tuesday, it means on sharing of our experiences in giving Spiritual Exercises. We were helped by Fr. Jan’s presentation of the structure of Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Fr. Jose de Pablo left Dublin to turn back in Brussels. On the contrary Fr. Ivan Bresciani SJ provincial of Slovenian Province came to visit Ireland for a few days with a friend collaborator of Jesuits in Slovenia.

Today’s Eucharist was presided by Peter G.

Wednesday 7th January 2015

Morning session with Fr. Jose de Pablo from Brussels community of CEP was dedicated in the first half to present the structure and activities of CEP (Conference of European Provincials), different Jesuit eurogroups etc. In second half after the coffee brake he informed us about ongoing process of discernment of restructuralisation of provinces in Europe. Today’s mass was presided by Peter W.

Tuesday 6th January 2015

Early morning Fr. James Crampsey SJ, who assisted to Fr. Jan as a second instructor, left the Cardoner House turning back to the Scotland. Morning session with Fr. Jan was dedicated to the structure of Spiritual Exercises and to sharing of our experiences in giving it.

Today’s Eucharist from the solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord was presided by Balint.

At afternoon came two guest, Fr. Paul Pace from Malta and Fr. Josef de Pablo from Brussels (socius of the president of CEP). At evening there was haustus.

Monday 5th January 2015

In morning session we did the evaluation of the past half of year of our staying in the Tertianship and we could also express our preferences and suggestions for the rest of its program after our return from the experiments. Fr. Jan also presented to us some useful articles about Spiritual Exercises.

Mass of today was presided by Fr. Jim. At evening it was the “ceilidh” to say “good bye” to Fr. Jim, who is going back in his province tomorrow.

Sunday 4th January 2015

Free day with usual supplies in hospitals. Lunch of today was prepared by Peter G. and his Slovak friends – a family living in Dublin. Tim came back from Cork at evening.

Saturday 3rd January 2015

Today’s solemnity of the Most Holy Name of Jesus was a free day. Supper was cooked by Peter W.

Friday 2nd January 2015

After Christmass we took again a normal schedule of our activities. After the reflection of past days we talked about some practicalities of next days and did first steps for planning of days after our return from experiments after Easter. This morning session was the last with Fr. Jim who is preparing himself to turn back in Scotland. Before the Mass, Tim left for Cork to visit there his relatives.

Mass of today from the memorial of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen was presided by Dariusz. At afternoon every one of us had a small talk with Fr. Jan about our experiments.

Thursday 1st January 2015

Mass at 12.20 from Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God was presided by Fr. Jan. Lunch and supper was in the Manresa House, in the dining room of the community.

ihs – Happy New Year 2015

Wednesday 31th December 2014

Mass at 12.30 in our chapel was presided by Fr. Jim. Lunch and supper we had in the Manresa House, in the dining room of the community. At evening was haustus in Cardoner House common room for celebrate the coming New Year. Four from Galway came back at early afternoon. House is now full again.

Tuesday 30th December 2014

Lunch and supper were in Manresa House, in the dining room of the community. Morning Fr. Jan was already back from Netherlands. Afternoon came back also Dariusz from Belfast and Jeff with Stjepan from London.

Monday 29th December 2014

Lunch and supper were in our Cardoner House together with Jesuits from Manresa community. At the mass at 12.30 in our chapel, presided by Petr H., were present also members of the Manresa community. Tomaz and Tim also began to help in Manresa House with giving retreat.

Sunday 28th December 2014

Lunch and supper were in our Cardoner House together with Jesuits from Manresa community.

Saturday 27th December 2014

Dariusz went to Belfast to visit his friends. In the house we remain only five – Fr. Jim, Petr H., Mourad, Tim and Tomaz. Lunch and supper were in our Cardoner House together with Jesuits from Manresa community.

Friday 26th December 2014

Morning four of us (Balint, Peter G., Peter W. and Adam) left by car going to Galway for a trip for a few days. Also Fr. Jan left the house going in Netherlands for some business in his province.

Mass at 12.20 in our chapel from the feast of St. Stephen was presided by Stjepan.

Lunch and supper we had in the Manresa House with the community in the dining room of the retreat house. Afternoon Jeff with Stjepan left for London, to spend there a few days visiting the city. For of us remaining in Dublin went at evening to the cinema to watch “Hobit 3”.

Thursday 25th December 2014

Today’s lunch we had with the Jesuit community in the dining room of the Manresa Retreat House. At 5 p.m. in the Arrupe Chapel of Manresa House we had also the mass from the solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, again together with the Jesuit community. Afterwards there was also the festive supper in the dining room of the retreat house with singing some Christmas songs in our different languages.

Wednesday 24th December 2014.

It was free day, mostly dedicated to the preparation of our house for the Christmas celebration, for example the Christmass tree was placed in the Lobby and the crib in the chapel. The Eucharist of the Vigil of the Christmas Day we celebrated together with Jesuit community and other people in Arrupe Chapel of Manresa House at 9 p.m., which was followed by reception in retreat house dining room. After that it was also haustus for tertians in Cardoner House.

Tuesday 23rd December 2014

We continued with our reflection of the Long Retreat doing its second step – first in two groups and afterwards all together in the common room. The Mass of today was presided by Tim. After lunch the Christmas break of the tertianship program until 1st January began.

Monday 22nd December 2014

At today’s morning session Fr. Jan gave to us some tools helpful for the first step of our reflection on the Long Retreat. After an hour of our personal reflection we shared in two groups.

Today’s Eucharist was presided by Petr H.

Sunday 21st December 2014

Today morning we concluded our Long Retreat with the Eucharistic celebration at 9 a.m., which was presided by Fr. Jan. The rest of the day was free as usual. Supper made today by Fr. Jim was great!

/ – – – –       LONG RETREAT 20.11. – 21.12.       – – – –  /

Thursday, 20th November 2014

We had a free day before our Long Retreat. That started in the evening at 8 p.m. with a Eucharistic celebration in our chapel presided by Fr. Jan. In this celebration we sang the hymn “Veni Creator” to implore assistance of the Holy Spirit in these 30 days of prayer and meditation. During the Long Retreat the writing of Historia Domus is suspended.

Wednesday, 19th November 2014

Father Jan dedicated both today’s sessions to the Spiritual Diary of St. Ignatius. After his input we also read and discuss the pages of his diary in small groups of three or four.

Today’s mass presided Peter G.

Tuesday, 18th November 2014

At today’s first session Fr. Jim introduced us into the dynamic of the Spiritual Exercices in their whole of four weeks. After that in the second session we shared together our ways of discerning about our places of destination for our pastoral experiments. Father Jan also gave to us main organizing information about the proceeding and program of incoming Long Retreat. We also discuss possible program of days between Christmas and New Year.

Mass from the optional memorial of the Dedication of basilicas of SS. Peter and Paul in Rome was presided by Peter W.

Afternoon Mourad left Dublin going to Rome for a meeting about the situation of Christians in Syria. He will return at the beginning of our Long Retreat.

Monday, 17th November 2014

Our usual Monday’s reflection was focused today on writing and sharing our autobiographies. After that we received from Fr. Jan some introductive information about oncoming long retreat.

Today’s mass from the memorial of St. Elisabeth of Hungary was presided by Dariusz.

Sunday, 16th November 2014

Free day. Supplying Eucharistic celebrations were Jeff in Children’s Hospital at Temple Street and Stjepan at St. Monica’s Nursing Home. It was the last time in this year, because during the time of our Long Retreat, our supplies will be suspended.

Today’s supper was made by Tomaz.

Saturday, 15th November 2014

Free day. Today’s cook was Stjepan.

Friday, 14th November 2014

Today Dariusz finished our sharing with his autobiography. Second session was dedicated to three short presentations of some of our provinces and to the reflection of Tuesday’s meeting with the guest.

Mass from the feast of St. Laurence O’Toole (the principal patron saint of archdiocese of Dublin) was celebrated by Balint.

Thursday, 13th November 2014

Their personal autobiographies shared today Jeff and Stjepan.

Mass was presided by Jeff. For the mass and the afternoon reach us as guests Fr. Eddie and Sean from Belfast.

Wednesday, 12th November 2014

We had a free day for personal study and reading.

Mass from the memorial of St. Josafath presided Mourad.

Tuesday, 11th November 2014

Balint and Peter G. shared their personal stories with us.

Mass from the memorial of St. Martin of Tours was presided by Petr H.

Today evening our guest was Mr. Patrick Nollan, a lay man who is working for the Irish province in pastoral planning.

Monday, 10th November 2014

The sharing of autobiographies continued today with stories of Tim and Petr H.

Mass from the memorial of St. Leo the Great was presided by Fr. Jan.

Sunday, 9th November 2014

Free day, feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome. Supplying Eucharistic celebrations were Jeff with Stjepan in Children’s Hospital at Temple Street and Balint at St. Monica’s Nursing Home.

Today’s supper prepared Adam.

Saturday, 8th November 2014

Free Day. Today’s cook was Peter G. with his five young friends from Slovakia, which came for a weekend to visit Dublin.

Friday, 7th November 2014

To share their autobiographies were today Tomaz and Mourad.

Mass was presided by Stjepan.

Thursday, 6th November 2014

Today we began to share our autobiographies, which we worked intensively in past weeks on. The first to present their personal stories were Adam and Peter W.

Mass from the feast of All Saints of Ireland was presided by Fr. Jim.

Wednesday, 5th November 2014

In today’s two morning sessions Rev. Seamus O’Connel (a diocesan priest and teacher of the New Testament) offered to us a workshop on Lectio Divina as a prayer in group.

The Mass from the feast of All Saints of the SJ was presided by Tomaz.

Tuesday, 4th November 2014

As a continuation of yesterday issue, Fr. Jan and Fr. Todd Morrissey SJ spoke to us about the restoration of SJ in 1814, focusing on personalities of St. Joseph Pignatelli SJ and J. Roothan SJ.

Mass from the memorial of St. Charles Borromeo was presided by Tim.

Monday, 3rd November 2014

After usual reflection of the past week, one session followed about the topic of the Suppression of SJ in 1773, with Fr. Jan and Fr. Todd Morrissey SJ. We also received a brief of Clement XIVth for our personal reading as well as the bull of restoration from 1814.

Mass from the memorial of Jesuit Bl. Rupert Mayer presided Adam.

Sunday, 2nd November 2014

Free day, commemoration of all the faithful departed (so called All Souls). Supplies as usual.

Evening Cook was Mourad.

Whole the weekend Tomaz was in London for a seminar on retreat with people who did abortion.

Saturday, 1st November 2014

Free day for Solemnity of All Saints. At evening Petr H. prepared a supper in Czech style.

Friday, 31st October 2014

After the break of two past days we continued in presentations about Constitutions: Stjepan animated group discussion about Part III of Const. SJ (formation in the Novitiate), Dariusz invited us to share our experiences of the reality in our provinces regarding studies and other tools for our mission (Part IV of Const. SJ).

Mass from the memorial of Jesuit brother St. Alphonsus Rodriguez presided Peter G.

Thursday, 30th October 2014

Today Fr. Patrick Greene SJ was with us and in two morning sessions he held lectures about Dreams and imagination, in connection with biblical religious experience.

Mass from the memorial of Irish Jesuit martyr Bl. Dominic Collins was presided by Fr. Jan.

Wednesday, 29th October 2014

Today morning Fr. James offered to as in two session some inputs about Psalms as a human experience brought to the God’s presence.

Mass was presided by Balint.

Tuesday, 28th October 2014

After reflection of the past week, Peter G. and Petr H. presented General Examen of the Constitutions of SJ.

Mass from the feast of Saints Apostles Simon and Jude presided Fr. Jim.

In late afternoon we welcomed our guest Sr. Elisabeth Cotter CJ, which work in the Archdiocese of Dublin as a Vicar for religious life. She shared with us her experience of the ministry of a religious in Ireland. After that still before supper Peter W. held a presentation about Part I and II of the Constitutions of SJ (Novitiate and criteria for admission)

Most part of the past week till today our internet connection was bad or totally out.

Monday, 27th October 2014

Because of Irish Bank Holiday, we had a free day. Fr. Jan came back from Netherlands.

However, we had a Mass in a usual time, presided by Petr W. He also was todays evening cook, preparing for us the supper in Chinese style.

Sunday, 26th October 2014

Free day as usually. Supplying Eucharistic celebrations were Jeff with Stjepan in Children’s Hospital at Temple Street and Tomaz at St. Monica’s Nursing Home.

At evening we went together in Arlington Hotel for a program with Irish supper, music and River Dance.

Saturday, 25th October 2014

Free day. Whole weekend Fr. Jan was in Netherlands. Mourad was in Lebanon because of his family.

Evening cook was Dariusz.

Friday, 24th October 2014

Today morning we began to present selected parts of the Constitutions of SJ. First presentation had Tim about military allusions in Constitutions, second Balint with Adam focused our attention to the issue of being sent (mission) in Part VII.

Mass was presided by Jeff.

At evening the third presentation held Jeff about the mission in respective part of Complementary Norms.

Thursday, 23rd October 2014

Free day for reading, writing and preparing presentation about Constitutions.

Mass presided Mourad.

Wednesday, 22nd October 2014

Today first session Fr. Jim offered to us a some historical and hermeneutical inputs about the “Deliberatio” of first companions of St. Ignatius in 1539. Second session Fr. Jan spoke to us about Formula Instituti and introduction to Chapt. I-IV of Constitutions SJ. He also gave us some instructions about our personal work with Constitutions and Complementary Norms of SJ, with a distribution of that work among us to present Constitutions or respective CN in next days.

Today’s Mass was presided by Dariusz.

Tuesday, 21st October 2014

Also today Fr. Brian O’Leary SJ continued to present to us the Constitutions and Complementary Norms of SJ in other two sessions. Especially he took the Part X and after that he presented to us a history of the interpretation of Constitutions from Nadal until our days.

Today’s Mass presided Tim.

Evening we welcome in our house Fr. Peter Mc Verry SJ, who shared with us his experience of more than 30 years long social work with poor people in Dublin, specially homeless.

Monday, 20th October 2014

After usual reflection, two session of today were dedicated to the Constitutions and Complementary Norms of SJ, which presented to us Fr. Brian O’Leary SJ. He offered to us four different possible keys to understand the whole of Constitutions: 1) centrality of Part VII, focused on mission, 2) three schools – “practice, corde & spiritu”, 3) pathway to God, a help for a personal journey of any Jesuit, 4) Spirit to search a body, in meaning of the formation of an apostolic body.

Mass was presided by Petr H.

Sunday, 19th October 2014

Free day. Supplying Eucharistic celebrations were Jeff in Children’s Hospital at Temple Street and Stjepan at St. Monica’s Nursing Home.

Today’s supper was cooked by Jeff.

Saturday, 18th October 2014

Today unusually we started together in the chapel with the Eucharistic celebration from the feast of St. Luke Evangelist, presided by Fr. Jim and accompanied with our singing what we exercised a day before with help of Fr. Vlasto Dufka SJ who accompanied us playing a keyboard.

Rest of day was free as usually.

Today’s cook was Tim.

Friday, 17th October 2014

Whole day we dedicated to the topic of “Liturgy in life and mission of the Society of Jesus”. Our facilitator was Fr. Vlastimil Dufka SJ from Slovak Province. In the first session he offered to us some question for reflection of our experience with liturgical life in our Jesuit communities and ministries and his personal reflection based e.g. on his ministry during the 35th General Congregation.

In the second session Fr. Vlasto presented to us liturgy in the history of the Society of Jesus and in the life of St. Ignatius, mostly based on the text of Fr. Robert Taft SJ.

Today’s mass from the memorial of St. Ignatius of Antioch was presided by Stjepan.

Third session on liturgy at evening was dedicated to the music in the liturgy, its variety of possibilities with some examples as well as small exercises of singing together.

Thursday, 16th October 2014

At morning we had a meeting with Fr. Jan, in the preparation for the topic of our Constitutions and their Complementary Norms – it was arranged the distribution of material and groups for study Formula Instituti, General Examen and Part VII of the Constitutions.

Today’s mass from memorial of St. Hedwig was presided by Adam.

From today for few next days we welcomed a couple of Jeff’s friends from Canada.

At very late night returned Fr. Jim at Cardoner House from his stay in Scotland.

Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Morning was dedicated to the topic of Child Protection in Ireland. Clarifications of that question broth to us Mr. Joe Greenan, who is working for the Irish Jesuit Province in human resources.

In the second session of the morning we have seen together a film about “The new Roman Missal: Challenges and Opportunities”, in which an American Jesuit Fr. John Baldwin SJ speaks about the new English translation of sacramentary. We looked at this movie in preparation for Friday’s sessions about liturgy.

Today’s mass from the memorial of St. Teresa of Avila was presided by Tomaz.

Tuesday, 14th October 2014

Today we dedicated to an introduction on the Constitutions and their Complementary Norms – Fr. Jan gave us an impute to a non-academic but life giving spiritual reading. To help us understand the situation of SJ in last 50 years, he continued with the presentation of last five GC of SJ (31st– 35th).

The Mass of today was presided by Petr Girasek.

At evening we welcomed as our guest Fr. Donal Neary SJ from the community of Gardiner Street in Dublin, where he is working as a parish priest responsible for the Jesuit parish of St. Francis Xavier. He told us about his story as a Jesuit and also about the situation of Irish Church today, how it mirror in the life of his parish.

Monday, 13th October 2014

After the common reflection of the past week, Fr. Jan got us to know detail about the budget of our community for the next year.

Today’s Mass was presided by the same Fr. Jan.

Sunday, 12th October 2014

Free day. Supplying Eucharistic celebrations were Jeff and Stjepan in Children’s Hospital at Temple Street and Tomaz at St. Monica’s Nursing Home.

Today’s supper in a Hungarian style was cooked by Balint.

Saturday, 11th October 2014

Free day. Evening cook was Stjepan.

Friday, 10th October 2014

Whole the day was dedicated to the topic of affectivity and sexuality in connection with the vow of chastity. At morning was our guest Fr. Kevin O Rourke SJ who introduced us to the issue with a large overview on “Celibacy: A Way to Love”.

Mass of today was presided by Peter Wang.

Fr. Jim leaved our house for some days going in Scotland.

Evening session with Fr. Jan van de Pool SJ was dedicated to the Letter on Celibacy.

Thursday, 9th October 2014

After free morning, at noon we took our way from Glendalough back to Dublin. A half of us in two cars went directly to Dublin, a half in two remaining cars traveled through Wicklow Mountains, with a few stops e.g. near of water falls and in The Reconciliation Centre in Glencree. Again together in Cardoner House we celebrate the mass at 17.30, which was presided by Jeff.

Wednesday, 8th October 2014

Whole the day it was cloudy and rainy. First point of our program was at 10 AM a meeting with Rev. Michael Rodgers, a member of the St. Patrick’s Missionary Society and director of the Retreat House in Glendalough. He introduced us into the roots of the early monastic spirituality in Ireland and its inspiring heritage for today. Secondly we transferred ourselves in Visitor Centre of Glendalough, visiting the exhibition and a short movie about the history of the place. Subsequently we could visit the historic site of the former St. Kevin monastery. Afternoon was free for everyone. The day was concluded by the Eucharist celebrated with Rev. Michael Rodgers in the chapel of the Retreat House.

Tuesday, 7th October 2014

After the mass at 8.30 AM presided by Dariusz we left Cardoner House in four cars going to the trip in Glendalough. There the biggest part of us was accommodated in Tearmann Retreat House, four of us had their accommodation in B&B (Bed and Breakfast) in Laragh. After our arrival in Glendalough eight of us made use of a lovely weather going on a long walk around the big lake, visiting waterfalls and hiking over the top of mountain. In-between Tim and Adam were preparing an exquisite supper for us.

Monday, 6th October 2014

After the reflection of the past week, first we were introduced by Fr. Jan into writing our Own Story. This exercise we will take until the 6 November in our own time. At second place we discussed details about our tomorrows trip to Glendalough – travel, accommodation, food, program etc. The last point of our morning session was dedicated to the first information about our future pastoral experiments – Fr. Jan presented us the large variety of possible ministries around the whole Europe.

Today’s mass leaded Tim as a main celebrant.

At evening, as a preface of our tomorrows trip many of us have seen a documentary movie “Blessing Europe: The Legacy of the Celtic Saints”, which presented history and heritage of the Irish missions in the early middle age in Western Europe.

Sunday, 5th October 2014

Free day. Supplying Eucharistic celebrations were Jeff and Stjepan in Children’s Hospital at Temple Street and Balint at St. Monica’s Nursing Home.

Today’s cook was Tomaz, which prepare for us a supper in Italian style.

Saturday, 4th October 2014

Free Day. Supper prepared for us Adam helped by D.ariusz, so we have a polish cousine.

Friday, 3rd October 2014

Our “Sharing from the Heart” was concluded today with stories of Jeff and Adam.

The Mass from the memorial of our Jesuit Saint – St. Francis Borgia was presided by Petr H.

At the evening we welcomed gests from others Jesuit communities in Dublin in the occasion of Tercians “at home”. It included also Third Cardoner Lecture, in which our instructor Fr. James Crampsey SJ offered to us his point of view on “Pope Francis and Ignatian Spirituality”. After the lecture it was also a nice occasion to talk with guest during the reception in the hall of our house.

Thursday, 2nd October 2014

In the “Sharing from the Heart” continued Stjepan, Petr H. and Peter W.

The Mass was presided by Stjepan.

Wednesday, 1st October 2014

Follow-up in the “Sharing from the Heard” was held by Tim, Peter G. and Mourad.

Today’s Mass from the memory of St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus was presided by Adam.

Tuesday, 30th September 2014

Today’s “Sharing from the Heart” was dedicated to the stories of Balint, Tomas and Dariusz.

Mass from the memory of St. Jerome was presided by Tomaz.

Monday, 29th September 2014

After the reflection of the past week we start today with the “Sharing from the Heart”. It will keep whole week in what everyone will present a story from his life as a Jesuit and will share feedback of the listeners. At the beginning of this exercise we have listen the stories of Frs. Jan and Jim.

Mass of today from the feast of St. Archangels Michael, Rafael and Gabriel have been presided by Peter Girasek.

Sunday, 28th September 2014

Also Sunday is a free day. Some of us supplied with Eucharistic celebrations in Children’s Hospital at Temple Street and at St. Monica’s Nursing Home. Others joined their national communities in Dublin (Polish, Slovak, Hungarian). Today’s cooking was taken by Mourad.

Saturday, 27th September 2014

Saturday is our free day. Mass time was arranged differently by tertians. During weekend we cook by our self – we have decided that the main meal in Saturday as well as in Sunday will be supper at evening. First cook was Tim and his chicken breast with potatoes … were magnificent.

Friday, 26th September 2014

Today’s time had to be dedicated to the lectures of Stijn van de Bosshe, a lay theologian from Belgium, about the autobiography of St. Ignatius of Loyola. For his unexpected problems of health he could not arrive in Dublin, but we received the text of his speech to study it personally.

Mass of today was presided by Fr. Jim because his anniversary of 50 years in the Society of Jesus. For this occasion Fr. General Adolfo Nicolas has sent a letter to Fr. Jim, what was read at the end of the Eucharistic celebration. The golden jubilee of Fr. Jim we celebrated also with a Haustus at evening for what joined us also some members of Manresa House.

Thursday, 25th September 2014

Morning was free time for us, except of those who needed go to the police for their visa.

Eucharist was presided by Balint.

Afternoon we had a session about Transition held by Kevan Egan.

Wednesday, 24th September 2014

Today’s morning was dedicated to the letter of Father General P.–H. Kolvenbach about the Tertianship, what introduced Fr. Jan; also to the distribution of jobs for the year in our community. Each of us is now responsible for a certain task:

  1. Breakfast: Adam
  2. Cars, bikes and “handyman”: Tomaz
  3. Historia domus and guests master: Petr H.
  4. Kitchen coordinator: Tim
  5. Laundry: Mourad
  6. Librarian and care of plants: Peter G.
  7. Recycling: Peter W.
  8. Sacristan: Balint
  9. Treasurer: Stjepan
  10. Webmaster: Jeffrey
  11. Weekly house jobs coordinator: Dariusz

The mass was presided by Fr. James Crampsey.

At evening, we welcomed in our house the members of the Jesuit community of Manresa House, so we could know each other in presentation of everybody in common room as well as during the supper in our refectory.

Tuesday, 23rd September 2014

During the morning session, first we were introduced by Fr. Jan to the timetable of normal days of the Tertianship program (the same as in the last years), to the program of the next three weeks and also to jobs in the house. After that everyone has presented briefly himself, his family, his education and also his vocation to and in the Society of Jesus. With the help of Fr. Jim, we subsequently shared our hopes of our stay here in the Tertianship.

The mass at 12.20 hrs. was celebrated by Fr. Jan van de Pool.

In the afternoon we discovered the secrets of the facilities of the Cardoner House, mostly with the help of Mrs. Monica. Afterwards we visited the Retreat House Manresa – the Aruppe chapel, the meditation room and the library of the community – accompanied by Fr. Piaras Jackson SJ, the director of the Retreat House. He also took a picture of every one of us for the web of the house. At evening we gathered once again in common room for the “Ceilidh” – the meeting, where we share some cultural examples from our own countries, by singing songs, playing national instruments, reciting poems or narrating jokes.

Monday, 22nd September 2014

The 9th year of the European English-speaking Tertianship in Dublin began with the arrival of new tertians to the Cardoner House. We are eleven, 7 from Europe, 4 from other parts of the world:

  • Fr. Adam B. (PMA)
  • Fr. Stjepan B. (CRO)
  • Fr. Jeffrey B. (CDA)
  • Fr. Dariusz D. (PME)
  • Fr. Peter G. (SVK)
  • Fr. Petr H. (BOH)
  • Fr. Tomaz M. (SVN)
  • Fr. Balint N. (HUN)
  • Fr. Mourad A-S. (PRO)
  • Fr. Tim V. (NYK)
  • Fr. Peter W. (CHN)

Our instructors are Fr. Jan van de Poll (NER) and his new assistant for this year Fr. Jim Crampsey (BRI).

After the supper at 6.00 pm, the Tertianship was introduced by the opening Eucharistic celebration in the chapel of the house at 8.00 pm., presided by Fr. John Dardis SJ, the president of the Conference of the European Provincials which is organizing the European tertianship program. The evening was concluded by the reception in the common room.