Happy New Year!
Over the coming weeks, we novices are away from our Community and away from our keyboards as we embark on a series of challenges.
Second-year novices are embarking on their long experiments, a three-month placement designed to give them an taste of authentic Jesuit life. As I type there are novices heading to Belfast, Beirut, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Harare, off to a range of experiences such as life in a l’Arche community, refugee camps, townships, street centres and mission station outposts.
For first-year novices the destination is not quite as exotic but the experience (hopefully) just as deep and meaningful. We are off to take part in our first experiment: the Spiritual Exercises, thirty days of silent retreat drawing us each closer to God’s call in our individual life.
To try and avoid six weeks of ‘radio-silence’ we will be posting a pre-prepared weekly feature entitled: Getting to Know the Novices. Stolen shamelessly from the pages of Sunday newspaper magazine sections, this is novices answering a series of simple and strange questions. Hopefully, like all of our posts try to do, this will give you a good understanding of the novitiate community and, in particular, those who are a part of it.
In the meantime, may God bless you in your own experiences and challenges during the first weeks of 2016.