The conclusion of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius was followed by celebrations on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, as well as St. Stephen’s Day. After this – the tertians were provided an opportunity to journey away from the house for the period between 26 December and 31 December. In small groups, we went out into the parts of Ireland to both explore the beautiful countryside and grow deeper in relationship with each other.
This is a graced time that we have, and we all recognize that spending it with other like-minded Jesuits is an amazing opportunity. Below is a photo – taken by Balint – of Peter G., Adam, and Peter W. who were standing at the Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west side. The four of them explored the city of Galway as well as the wider region over the course of five days. From the many photos they sent and the stories they told – it was an excellent time.
Today, we said good-bye to James (Jim) Crampsey SJ – one of the two tertian directors – who was only committed to be with us for the first term. We had an enjoyable going-away party for him last night complete with music, jokes, and lots of laughter. We gifted him with a photo of the group as well as a fine bottle of scotch, which he promised to save for the first tertian who would come visit him back in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Jim was an excellent member of the community and an important member of the tertianship direction team. His ability to speak sincerely and deeply about many topics, his gift of music, and his spiritual insights will be missed. He leaves Jan van de Poll SJ (who himself has an abundance of gifts) with sole direction over the tertians for the remainder of the year.
Continue to keep us in your prayers, especially from 15 January until 8 April – when we will be away from Dublin for our various apostolic experiments.
We wish each one of you a happy new year; may it be one of health, peace, and deep joy.