Summer - 2017

In this Issue...

Coming home. Where we belong, and where we start from.

Christmas Raffle 2017 Winners

The Society of Jesus in Victoria, Jesuit Communications Christmas Raffle 2017 Drawn on Thursday 7 December, 2017 (Permit No 10679/17 issued 29 August, 2017). Congratulations to the winners: 1st prize: N Bangel, NSW; 2nd prize: J Dunlop, NSW; 3rd prize: C Townsend, VIC; 4th prize: J Ryan, NSW. Thank you to everyone who supported our…

Comings and goings at Christmas – Andrew Hamilton, SJ

Christmas is a time for homecoming. But for adults, it is also edged with sadness. No matter how happy is the celebration it is always edged by longing for the Christmases of childhood. We remember the family members who are dead or absent and a childhood home to which we can never return. The reality of returning home, too,…

Reflections for Advent

In Advent, amidst the tinsel and noisy bustle, we invite you to pause and reflect on the great mystery of God’s love for Creation – so deep, and so tender that God chose to enter the world as one of us. We pray to discern God’s traces in our shadowed world. Our Advent Reflections for…

A woman of faith – Julie Chamberlin

Margaret Kennedy fcJ died suddenly on 13 March while she was holidaying at Sorrento. She was in her ninetieth year and had given seventy years of service to education as an FCJ Sister. On returning to Australia from England in 1952 as a finally professed FCJ with an honours degree in French and English from the…

The places you’ll go – Clare Deignan

Dear Charlotte, Recently, your Mimi and I were talking about family history. She reminded me that before he passed away, your Great Grandpa Deignan mentioned that the priest who said his mother’s funeral had been made venerable, American Capuchin Friar Fr Solanos Casey. Now, of course, it would be pretty difficult to prove that Fr…

In the Lord’s vineyard – Rosie Hoban

Jesuit winemaker Brother John May SJ has retired after more than 50 years at Sevenhill in South Australia. He is now living in Sydney, but there’s a place there for him to make one final return to his home of so many years. Br John May SJ, the young Jesuit carpenter, who could pour concrete,…

Our homing instinct – Chris Gleeson, SJ

While travelling with my young brother and sister-in-law in North Cornwall in early 2003 on a bitterly cold January day, I went into a shop in the beautiful little fishing village of Padstow to look at some antiques. Carrying an ear infection and feeling somewhat miserable, I was rugged up in a beanie and scarf…

Home is where the heart is

So many of our happy memories seem bathed in sunlight and warmth. Summer is a time that allows us to enjoy the outdoors, as the long lazy days of January follow the Christmas rush with holidays, and we make plans and resolutions for the year to come. For most of us, these months will include…