Reflection on Priesthood with Bishop Murray

Reflection on Priesthood with Bishop Murray

bishop_donal_murrayFriday, the 26th  – Mgr. Donal Murray, retired Bishop from Limerick, animated a session on “living the priesthood”. He led us in a reflection on the biblical and Vatican II theology of priesthood and Church, offering deep insights into an ordained ministry, which serves the universal call to holiness. His deeply spiritual and theological lecture invited us to consider our concrete way of proceeding in daily pastoral tasks and in liturgy. He presided at the community Mass (more…)

Theology and Poetry

Theology and Poetry

david_ford-micheal_o´siadhailTwo sessions on Thursday, the 25th April, were about “theological reflection and poetic presentation”, and indeed, theologian David Ford and poet Micheal O’Siadhail animated together a theological, poetic, spiritual, exegetic, existential and linguistic reflection that was rich and deep, opening our hearts, minds and sensibility to the “improvising wisdom” of our lives seen through one thread, that of learning. Barnabas presided at the Mass of St Mark.

The Role of Brothers in the Society

The Role of Brothers in the Society

alan_harrison - rightTuesday, the 23rd April – Br. Alan Harrison S.J. of the British province has given us a session on brotherhood in the Society. He helped us to reflect on the specific vocation of brothers and their charism for the whole Society. Through an historical and personal approach, he opened our minds to this important aspect of our apostolic body.

On Monday, the 22nd we shared our personal reflection on the past week, (more…)

The Irish Provincial Visiting

The Irish Provincial Visiting

tom_laydenOn Thursday, the 18th April the Provincial superior of the Irish Jesuits, Fr. Tom Layden, S.J., came to meet with the tertians. He presided at the community Mass and joined us afterwards for lunch. The morning program prepared by the tertians was dedicated to the topic of Obedience in the Society of Jesus. Jozef, Anto, Barnabas and Fernando presented the fruits of their reading and reflection before inviting all to a personal reflection, prayer and sharing on our own experience of obedience.
Our History: The Restoration of the Society

Our History: The Restoration of the Society

Monday, the 15th – We started our common work this week with a sharing from the heart, a personal reflection on the last two weeks since the return from our placements. After this harvest, Jan gave an introduction to Part X of the Constitutions.

todd_morrissey_sjTuesday morning was devoted to an historical analysis of the suppression and restoration of the Society which happened two centuries ago. Our fellow tertian John and our neighbour Todd Morrissey sj presented the facts, and also the causes and effects of these events, while Jan presented the life of Fr de Cloriviere, a French Jesuit whose life was a bridge between the two periods of the Society. These historical lectures helped us enter a reflection for nowadays, with five questions asked by our Father General (more…)