50 years in the Jesuits

50 years in the Jesuits

50 anniversary 1On the morning of 26 September 2014, our friend (and one of the two tertian directors) Fr. Jim Crampsey celebrated 50 years in the Society of Jesus. Now, you don’t need to hold an advanced degree from a prestigious European university to know that 50 years is a long time… As such, we pondered and mused on all the events that Jim has witnessed in his time in the Jesuits.

He entered the Society when Pope Paul VI was reigning – a name that the tertians are most familiar with from their history books. He then witnessed (as a Jesuit) the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council and the tremendous movements that occurred in the Church over this period. He was around when the Jesuits held their famous General Congregation 32 in 1975… in fact, he was a Jesuit for more than a decade at this point… and he now speaks with great personal understanding about General Congregations 34 and 35.

50 anniversary 2We had an exceptional day of stories and remembrances of the many years that Jim has spent labouring in the Society of Jesus and the Catholic Church. But – perhaps most moving – was a letter read to everyone by Fr. Jan van de Poll (the other tertian director) from Fr. Adolfo Nicolás Pachón, SJ – the Superior General of the Jesuits. In this letter, Fr. Adolfo wrote a personal memoir of Jim’s vast history; he even included many personal stories about times that the two of them met. The letter was a touching summary of many years of service to the Lord. Once or celebration of the Eucharist had concluded, we – in good Jesuit fashion – toasted Jim with nice wine and a home-made cake. Ad multos annos!

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An authentic Irish céilí

An authentic Irish céilí

The group gathers for an informal céiliThe first céilí (prounounced cay-lee) of the year took place, and it was a tremendous amount of fun. Typically, an Irish céilí is described as:

… a literary entertainment where stories and tales, poems and ballads, are rehearsed and recited, and songs are sung, conundrums are put, proverbs are quoted, and many other literary matters are related and discussed.

Often, as is the custom in Ireland, the tradition involves guests performing music, song, story telling and poetry. The tertians and the directors had a great evening involving laughter, a few drinks, and a lot of stories and music.

Jim Crampsey SJ sang a Scottish song


The 11 new men have arrived

The 2014 – 2015 tertianship program in Ireland is underway with a variety of Jesuits from countries such as Canada, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, and Hungary.

The official list of those in the program follows:

  • Fr Peter G. SJ – SVK
  • Fr Balint N. SJ – HUN
  • Fr Tomaz M. SJ – SVN
  • Fr Adam B. SJ – PMA
  • Fr Stjepan B. SJ – CROA
  • Fr Petr H. SJ – BOH
  • Fr Tim V. SJ – NYK
  • Fr Darius D. SJ – PME
  • Fr Mourad A-S. SJ – PRO
  • Fr Jeffrey B. SJ – CDA
  • Fr Peter W. SJ – CHN

Please keep these men in your prayers, and check back often as this page will now be updated regularly until May 2015.


Paul Pace SJ

Paul Pace SJ

Paul Pace, SJ

Paul Pace has just started his first year as tertian instructor in Dublin. Paul hails from Malta, where he was born in 1953. He joined the Jesuits in 1977, and spent his formation years in Italy, Tanzania and Spain, from where he obtained a doctorate in moral theology from Comillas University in Madrid. After his return to Malta he was always involved in the University of Malta, first as Chaplain and then as lecturer in moral theology. Between 2005 and 2008 he was also director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Malta. He was Provincial of Malta twice, first between 1996 and 2002, and then between 2008 and 2014. He was also a member of the 35th General Congregation of the Jesuits held in Rome in 2008.