11 September 2009
Fr. General in Crescent College
Quoting Zorba, in the film ‘Zorba the Greek’, Fr Adolfo Nicolás told the staff, pupils, Jesuits and colleagues of Crescent College Comprehensive Limerick that “Life is trouble!” He then added: “And the same is true of education - education is trouble, as you know!”
‘‘Jesuit mission today’ was the issue addressed by the Fr General of the Society of Jesus, Adolfo Nicolás, when he spoke to his fellow Jesuits, their co-workers and colleagues in Gonzaga College on Sat. Sept. 12th. In his introduction to Fr. General’s talk, Irish Provincial John Dardis SJ told those gathered that there were unprecedented challenges facing the Irish Church today. “But we all can make a difference if we respond to those challenges with creativity, discernment and courage”.
My greatest desire had always been to set up an institution for higher learning in a mission area. I know firsthand the kinds of apostolic work that will make an impact in mission countries. There are two areas – namely, education for adults and medical services.
Early in 1952 a celebratory dinner took place in the Jesuit run Wah Yan College, Hong Kong. The occasion was a send-off to Fr. Paddy Joy, the first Irish Jesuit to be sent to Singapore.
Nearly 2.5 million people live in poverty in the slums and urban areas of Nairobi, Kenya. They lack the basic necessities of life, including adequate housing, clean water, and sanitation services. Educational opportunities are negligible. All kinds of diseases run rampant throughout the communities. The scarcity of jobs complicates every problem.