John Guiney SJ from the Irish Jesuit Missions office visited fellow Jesuits and Jesuit works in the Far East this month – China and South East Asia. Over 125 Irish Jesuits have gone there since 1925. There now remains 6 Jesuits in Hong Kong; 2 in Japan; 1 in Singapore; and 1 in Cambodia.
Bridging the information gap
In Monze, Zambia, the vision of Chikuni Community Radio Station is to enable the community of Chikuni to be fully developed in all aspects of human life.
In a groundbreaking move with the help from the Irish Jesuit Missions and other organisations, Chikuni Parish raised over £100,000 to set up and operate the first radio station run by the Batonga people for the Batonga people.
Father Tom McGivern, S.J.
Memorial Mass, St. Ignatius
28th January 2017
Fr Michael J Kelly SJ and a large number of priests concelebrated a Memorial Mass in Lusaka, Zambia for their friend and colleague Tom McGivern SJ. Presided over by Fr Emmanual Mumba SJ, Provincial of the Zambia-Malawi Province and attended by over 130 people including the Irish Ambassador Séamus O'Grady and his wife, a large part of the congregation were former students from four decades of Tom's teaching and religious sisters with whom he had worked.
Fr Tom McGivern SJ passed on to his final reward on the 14th January 2017 in his 90th year. Encouraged by his friends and family, he had completed his biography in January 2011.The following excerpts are drawn from ‘As I Remember’ as Tom relates his life story weaving into it references to some of the momentous historical events of the 20th century.
When I think of you Tom the image that comes to my mind is that of the reluctant hero, reluctant because you are the last to realize that in so many of our eyes you are a hero. You spent your life as part of critical movements you did not initiate but which you did your best to move forward. You are a very private man about your inner dreams but I suspect that privacy didn't come from shyness alone but from a sense that the second reading is trying to communicate. "We are earthenware vessels, doing the best we can, but always appreciating we are part of a deeper movement, the movement of our transcendent God."