As AMDG Express returns to production after the summer break, it makes a fresh start in more ways than one. The JCC’s beautiful room in Leeson Street is piled with boxes ready for the move to offices in Milltown Park. This will be a new beginning, rubbing shoulders with the Provincial’s team. Dermot Roantree, the coeditor of AMDG Express, has made a new beginning of his own. Jacob, the first child of Dermot and his wife Liz Mullins (formerly assistant archivist of the Irish Province, now a college lecturer in UCD), was born on 18 July. He is a gorgeous boy, alert, energetic, hungry, ignoring all timetables as he demands to be fed or changed. As Dermot staggers baggy-eyed in to work, he resonates with Ralph Emerson: “There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep” – and his father too.