From the Rector
We are humbled and grateful that so many give of their time and talent to support the work of the College through the Parents and Friends, the Old Ignatians, the College Board and its committees, and the Foundation. Thank you, too, for the ways you support other ministries of the Jesuits, such as Jesuit Refugee Service and Jesuit Mission. This year the Norwood Parish celebrates the 150th year of its foundation. Jesuits first came to Adelaide in 1848 and settled in Sevenhill in the Clare Valley soon after.
So many have chosen to share in our sense of mission, especially in our common call to reach out to those in need in our complex and fragile world. Recently, our Fr General, Arturo Sosa, wrote to Jesuits and our companions in mission around the world about four key preferences for us today. These are:
- Promoting discernment and the Spiritual Exercises: helping people find Jesus Christ and follow Him
- Walking with the excluded: walk alongside the poor, the vulnerable, the excluded, and those whom society considers worthless, in a mission of reconciliation and justice
- Caring for our common home: work, with Gospel depth, for the protection and renewal of God’s Creation
- Journeying with youth: accompany young people in the creation of a hope-filled future.
Father Sosa explained that these preferences “… seek to embody concretely the mission received as the Lord’s response to the cry of a wounded world; the cry of the most vulnerable, who have been displaced and marginalized; the empty rhetoric that divides and dismantles our cultures; the growing chasm between rich and poor; the cry of the young in search of hope and meaning; the cry of the earth and its peoples, who have been degraded to the point of having their very existence put at risk. The preferences seek to respond to a world in which entire generations have never heard about Jesus and his Gospel.”
He noted, “Our Church has been wounded by the sin of its members and all the suffering this has brought. Our Church is sailing in the midst of strong winds.” And he encouraged us that “The preferences seek to unleash a process of apostolic revitalization and creativity that makes us better servants of reconciliation and justice. Let us undertake this process, designing it and assessing it in accord with persons, times, and places in the light of the Church’s orientations and the Spirit’s guidance.”
Our Bishop, Greg O’Kelly, wrote last week to church leaders about proposed amendments to the Abortion Law in South Australia. Bishop O’Kelly has a homily and pastoral letter on the Archdiocesan website. He is concerned that this Bill would reduce safeguards for the unborn, including very late term abortions, and the lessening of a doctor’s involvement and of necessary reasons for the termination. This is a complex issue and invites provocation if not addressed thoughtfully. We need always to balance theological teaching with pastoral concern. Those who may be interested are invited to read the brief reflection HERE.
Fr Peter Hosking SJ
OREMUS (Let us pray)
We remember all in our College community. May our prayers comfort those suffering at this time. May God’s blessing be a source of support in their sorrow and loss, and bring courage, patience, and hope.
For those who have died:
• Nanette (Nan) Mortimer, former staff member and past parent (Simon Mortimer OI ’75)
“Ask and you shall receive … knock and the door will be opened unto you.” (Matt 7:7)
If you would like someone to be remembered by the College community in prayer (even anonymously), please provide details to the Rector, class or Home Group Teacher, or Year Coordinator.