The Tertians visited Glendalough  at the beginning of the week,  invited to consider the roots of faith.  Walking among the ruins of  the ancient sanctuaries  and precincts  drew us into consideration of the origins of Christian faith  in Ireland. Michael Rogers was a helpful guide this reflection, offering pointers and landmarks to us as he has done for so many. A bright clear day on Tuesday allowed us to make the most of the opportunity to walk around the Upper Lake, climbing up the Spink and back via the Miners’ Road.

Dermot O’Connor, assistant to the Conference of European Provincials spoke to us on Thursday about his work and the work of the provinces in the Conference, describing how the Conference has developed and currently operates. A lively discussion followed on the meaning and possibility of European cooperation. Many of the Tertians value their connections  and relationships with Jesuits from other provinces and are interested in considering how interprovincial collaboration might develop.

The diversity of the group became further evidence on Friday when members of the various provinces present (Czech, France, Indonesia, Ireland, North Poland, South Poland, Philippines, Slovakia and South Belgium) spoke about the composition, territory and works of their regions.

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