21st Sept to 27th Sept 2020
We are living amidst unprecedented times, with the COVID-related pandemic having affected the lives of millions of people the world over. Here at the tertianship too we shared in a small way the hardships that many others have faced. As many as eight tertians could not arrive here because of visa and travel related issues in their respective countries. Finally we were six wise men (including one from the east☺) who made it here in time for the start of this school of the heart.
By 21st Sept, all the tertians had arrived. The six tertians are:
Lukas Laniauskas (UMI)
Eugenijus Markovas (LIT)
Michele Papaluca (EUM)
Learoy Rodrigues (BOM)
Roman Groszewski (PMA)
Halbeisen Julian (GER)
We are grateful to God for the gift of excellent guides in the form of Frs Paul Pace and Tom McGuinness. They’ve put together an excellent programme, and have meticulously seen to the preparation of the place here. Our thanks goes out also to the Jesuit community on campus and the Manresa retreat House staff for being such gracious hosts. We’re grateful also to Tommy and Jacinta who do a great job with the cooking.
The first 14 days were to be days of restricted movements in keeping with the COVID guidelines laid down by the Irish government and as adhered to by Manresa house.
On 21st Sept we began with supper, community mass celebrated by Paul, and then haustus.
The next morning after a round of introductions we shared our hopes for this tertianship year. Fr Franck Janin, President of the European Jesuit Conference, said a word of welcome via zoom and shared some of his own hopes and joys that connect with this lovely stage of formation. He referred to the tertianship as ‘one big EXAMEN’.
On 23rd Sept Paul briefed us about the days ahead, including mention about the Monday morning session where each tertian would be required to share his reflections on the previous week. Common rules concerning house affairs were discussed, and some household jobs were assigned.
On 23rd Sept Paul dealt with the topic, ‘What is Tertianship.’ He spoke of the spirit of tertianship, and its vision. He then outlined the broad purpose as well as the component parts of the tertianship year.
We then started our reading of the Autobiography of Ignatius. This would connect with our own life’s autobiography. Tom later gave us a template which had points for reflection on our life’s journey, and which could become material for sharing with our spiritual guides.
On 24th Sept we had an excellent session on TRANSITIONS by Fr Richard Ebejer SDB. Most tertians found this session really thought-provoking, timely and relevant to their lives.
We watched the movie, The Lion King, that evening. We watched many quite a few movies in the days that followed including Ignatius de Loyola and Eurovision.
For our daily Eucharist – the tertians and tertian masters take turns to celebrate the daily mass.