Historia domus

Outing day:

  • Gabriel, Pavel and Brendan went to the north – about an hour’s trip.
  • Piaras, Lorenco and Toto went to Kilmainhaim Gaol in the city.
  • Danang cooked for the community for supper.
  • Robert received a guest – his friend – in the evening.

A pathway to God

We began our consideration of The Constitutions and Complementary Norms this week. These foundational documents always form an important part of Tertianship. They reveal their relevance for our lives today when we take time to get in touch with their inspirations and intentions.

In reading and reflecting on them we are in touch with those we call ‘The First Fathers’ – the founders of the Society of Jesus. We were led into our reading of the Constitutions by a visit from Fergus O’Donoghue, historian and Irish province activist. He gave an overview of Jesuit history with acknowledgement of John O’Malley’s The first Jesuits, as he referred to the cultural, political and religious developments in Europe in the last 500 years.

Elizabeth Cotter, the Dublin diocesan Vicar for Religious, spent some time with us on Thursday evening, describing her vocation story, her work in the diocese and its current priorities. Referring to Sandra Schneiders’ view of religious life, she believes that orders and congregations have much to offer to the church at this time.

Joe Greenan, one of the designated child protection officers of the Irish Jesuits, presented the scope and intention of the child protection provisions of the Irish province, describing the importance and application of such documents as Children first, Safeguarding children and The Jesuit policy for safeguarding children. This was an opportunity for the Tertians to recognise the strategies adopted by the Irish Church and to consider how they apply in pastoral contexts.

Róbert Gočala

Róbert was born in 1973 in Martin, in the middle of Slovakia. After secondary school and military service, he worked as a hospital nurse, entering the Society of Jesus in 1996. He studied philosophy and theology in Bratislava, spending regency was in Kosice as supervisor in a Jesuit hostel for two years (2000-2002). Róbert was ordained in 2006 and sent as a spiritual guide in the Retreat House in Prešov.

Piaras Jackson

A native of Cappamore, County Limerick, Ireland, Piaras was born in 1962. He was ordained for the dioceses of Cashel and Emly and was curate in Rinn ó gCuanach, Waterford, before studying religious education in Dublin and in New York. He worked widely in the catechetical field before joining the Society of Jesus in 2003. After his novitiate in Birmingham, he studied journalism in Dublin City University and worked in communications in the Irish province, most recently as editor of Sacred Space, the daily prayer site.


Pavel Bačo

Pavel was born in 1974 in Slavičín, Czech Republic. He joined the Jesuits in 1992 and, after finishing his novitiate in 1994, was sent to study philosophy in Munich, Germany. Between 1996 and 1998 he did his regency back in Brno, Czech Republic. From 1998 he studied theology at Milltown Park, Dublin and went on to gain a Masters in Systematic Theology at Heythrop College, London. In 2002 was ordained priest and, from February 2003 until September 2011, worked in university chaplaincy in Olomouc, Czech Republic.