Jesuits from every province have been meeting in recent months to elect a member to attend a conference in Nairobi during summer of 2012. This will be 70th Congregation of Procurators of the Society of Jesus and will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, beginning on 9 July 2012. The Irish province meeting (‘Congregation’) took place during the past week, preceded by a one-day meeting of Jesuits with those who work with them. The theme of this Assembly was working in a time of change and was attended by Tertians were glad of the opportunity to see something of the Irish province in action.

Life in the Tertianship returned to normal on Wednesday with sessions in the morning considering the vow of obedience through presentations, recommended readings and discussion. Ignatius of Loyola expected obedience to be a characteristic of the Jesuit and his 1553 letter on the topic continues to inspire and challenge. Best understood, it respects our human maturity and Christian freedom and endeavours to apply the talents of Jesuits by engaging them in dialogue with one another and with the situation of their mission.

John Dardis, president of the European Jesuit Conference, visited on Friday, celebrating mass and spending some time with the Tertians. He described his work and listened to the experience of the European Tertianship, a work under his aegis.