- Fifty-two students walked over 250 km from Dublin to Galway for the annual Belvedere College Block Pull charity walk. The Block Pull involves students pulling two large wooden blocks about 30km a day, across the Irish countryside. The weather was exceptionally hot, and many students battled through sunburn and blisters! The walk was a great success, raising over €52,000 for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and Temple Street Children’s Hospital.
- In April the Jesuit-run Newman Institute for Catholic Studies in Uppsala, Sweden, received accreditation from the government, making it the first Catholic college in the country in 500 years. With a staff of twenty-one and several hundred students, it offers courses and seminars in theology, philosophy, and cultural studies.
- Jesuit Refugee Service Syria have been awarded a prize of 75,000. Caritas Internationale, that is the international section of caritas belgium, has awarded the prize for the work among refugees from Irak, especially educational projects, based on interreligious cooperation. The prize is awarded every three years. Read (in French) about the award of three years ago.
- Colm Brophy SJ has three water-colour portraits in the annual exhibition of the National College of Art and Design in Thomas Street, Dublin: opening Thursday 1 July, 6-8 pm.
- A friend in Tokyo reports that Bill Johnston’s state shows little change. Because of a bed-sore, he suffers from some fever. He cannot feed himself or communicate, and he survives with the help of a pacemaker.
FR PROVINCIAL’S DIARY
29 June – 13 July: Meetings throughout