After two and a half months away from Cardoner House for our placement, we are back to our home. Part of the tertianship program is what we call the “long experiment” where tertians are assigned in various ministries in Ireland and mostly within Europe and even outside of Europe. Our long experiment started last January 14 and ended yesterday, March 29.
It was very timely for we just had our Long Retreat prior to our Long Experiment. We brought the graces we received in the Spiritual Exercises to our ministries and the ministries deepened those graces through the people we encountered, relationship formed and the experiences we would forever cherished in our heart.
Just to give you a glimpse of the various ministries and assignments we had, here are the places we had been to:
Those assigned within Ireland:
Fr. Angelo Silerio, SJ in Morning Star Hostel for the homeless in Dublin.
Br. Jeffrey Pioquinto, SJ in Clongowes Wood College in Clane, County Kildare
Those assigned within Europe:
Fr. Gregoire Le Bel, SJ with the Missionaries of Charity in Spitak, Armenia
Fr. Hanh Pham, SJ with the Jesuit Refugee Services in Malta
Fr. Jiri Obruca in Geneva, Switzerland
Br. Marco Ciavarella in Edinburgh, UK
Fr. Walter Ceycesens, SJ in Saint Denis Cedex, La Reunion
Fr. Zeljko Pasa, SJ in Mary’s Church in Scotland, UK
Fr. Ziad Hilal, SJ in St. Benedict’s Community in Brussels, Belgium
Those assigned outside Europe
Fr. Clement Nguyen, SJ in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq
Fr. Bogdan Lesniak, SJ in Bogota, Colombia
This long experiment left a lasting mark in our Jesuit life. It was indeed an Easter Experience.
Now, we are back to our “de more.” Back to the routine of Tertianship life.
Happy Easter everyone!