26 February 2017 : A newsletter of the Australian Jesuits

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Nativity painting

Entering sacred space at the end of a busy year


From the Provincial

Entering sacred space at the end of a busy year  

Fr Brian McCoy SJWe are nearly at the end of 2016. No doubt we are tired and looking forward to summer holidays but, again at Christmas, we have much to be grateful for and for which to give God thanks. One of the graces I brought home from GC36 was a greater appreciation of our Province: its ministries and leaders along with our supporters, families, friends and benefactors.


Jesuit Dedication Mass at Xavier College  

The Xavier College Memorial Chapel was close to capacity for the Jesuit Dedication Mass earlier this month, which was coordinated by the Old Xaverians' Association. The concelebrated Mass was led by the Provincial, Fr Brian F. McCoy SJ, who is an Old Xaverian (OX 1965), and the celebration was accompanied by the Xavier College Choir conducted by the Head of Choral Music, Nick Cowall.

Student leaders gain insight into Ignatian life  

Student leaders at LoyolaThe community at Loyola Senior High School, Mt Druitt, NSW, welcomed various Jesuit and Ignatian companion schools from all around Australia to the 8th Annual Ignatian Student Leadership Conference. Aside from Xavier College, Kew (who were unable to attend), all of the Jesuit and Ignatian companion schools of Australia sent two to four student leaders to participate in the conference.

News in brief

Silence director Martin Scorsese discusses his faith  

Videos: Fr Peter Quin SJ Funeral and Vigil Mass  

Jesuit Social Services’ NT boss wins human rights award  

Around the Works

A life-changing journey  

RicciFive years ago Ricci, a 17-year-old boy from Myanmar, left behind his parents and three older siblings in their remote village, and travelled 400km to St Aloysius Gonzaga Institute of Higher Studies in Taunggyi. The school welcomed the young boy whose only previous education had been three months of rote-learning English with a well-intentioned but untrained local pastor.


Christmas in detention  

Ozanam HouseEach Christmas morning I celebrate Mass at Melbourne’s Ozanam House with homeless men, and later with people imprisoned at an immigration detention centre. Each Mass makes me ask why they would want to celebrate Christmas. And each highlights for me the difference between our cultural celebration of Christmas and its Christian roots. By Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Buildings and foibles at Toowong  

Stained glass window at Toowong'If Peter Quin were here, he would probably make some comment about being all 'massed out'. We celebrated the wonderful funeral for Peter on Friday 2 December. On 3 December we were in St Stephen's Cathedral with Archbishop Coleridge formally marking the centenary of the arrival of the Jesuits at Toowong. This evening, we celebrate the last Eucharist of the centenary year, the second Sunday of Advent.' Address by Fr Frank Brennan SJ