The Tertians continued to focus on the Constitutions and Complementary Norms. As well as hearing about them, they took time to work in groups and present the results of their study on different sections to the whole group. This week saw a variety of presentation styles as people drew on their backgrounds and expertise to present facets of the documents that Ignatius of Loyola wrote over some fifteen years.
A study day on Tuesday allowed time to catch up with the reading required and with the various tasks that define the Tertianship. In addition to the group work described, each Tertian continues to reflect on and write autobiography in which he describes the people and sequence of events that have placed him where he finds himself in the world. The importance of such writing to Jesuits is underlined by attention Ignatius of Loyola gave to his personal writings as he used them as a way to focus on and celebrate God’s presence and action in his life.

Jim Corkery visited the Tertianship on Thursday night to tell his story. With his characteristic enthusiasm, he described what Jesuit life and doing theology mean to him. He regularly referred to the many Jesuits he knew from the provinces of those present, bringing to life what had been described as ‘living with change’ as he spoke about his experiences.