Thursday, the 17th January
From this day to Easter, we’ll be dispersed for the mission, each of us involved in a specific ministry with others. Our group will communicate by e-mail to encourage our communion, and everyone will have to experience a new kind of life, meeting different people and serving the Mission of Christ in various ways…
Where is each of us going for this “mission experiment”? Anto and Lucas are going to Edinburgh for social ministry; Antun is going to Rome to work with the Jesuit Refugee Service; Barnabas is going to a paliative care hospital in Vác, Hungary; Damjan will work in a youth project in Brussels; Elias will do his experiment in the Corrymeela Community for reconciliation in Northern Ireland; Fernando will be doing a high school chaplaincy at Clongowes, Ireland; Jacques will assist in Jesuit ministry in La Réunion, in the Indian Ocean; John will do parish ministry in Belfast; Jozef will go to the centre of the Missionaries of Charity in Spitak, Armenia; Pascal will go to Liverpool for social ministry; and Seweryn will go for pastoral ministry in Inverness, Scotland.
We’ll return just after Easter. Until this day, we’ll publish no more news, but we hope you’ll continue to pray for us…
Tuesday, the 15th
We worked this morning in small groups and then all together on the questions about faith that our Father General asked us in his letter about the Year of the Faith. This reflection was useful for us as an exercise to reflect and share among about the cultural context and the challenges we meet in the proclamation of faith; and the letter we write to our Father General will be our contribution to the large reflection engaged by the whole Society about this fundamental issue. (more…)
Monday, the 14th
Today was spent on various topics, linked only by our desire to serve the Lord: First, Anto, Pascal, Seweryn and Damjan proposed a reflection on our vow of chastity in celibacy, according to our constitutions and other documents which emphasize the positive and apostolic sense of this free choice. Then Joe offered an historical and personal testimony about the life of Pedro Arrupe, our former Father General, and about his generalate (1965-1983), so important in the recent history of the Society. In the evening, Jim Corkery sj gave us a lecture on the Year of faith, giving a theological approach of what faith is, and also a more pastoral and historical presentation of this Year of Faith for us to understand the context and purpose of this universal work.
Thursday, the 10th
During the three sessions of this day, Sr. Anne Codd, PBVM, offered us some sociological tools to reflect on our way of proceeding in our ministries, and more largely in the Church: reflecting for example on the different dimensions of the Mission, or on the organization of power and authority in our institutions and communities. (more…)
Monday, the 7th January
We had first a sharing about the learnings so far in tertianship and the challenges of our experiment, in order to welcome more deeply the changes in our lives that the Lord offered us during the long retreat. Then we received a lecture by Joe about the meaning of the experiments in our formation. (more…)