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Inspiring support


Jesuit Mission's annual Card Day attracted more players than ever this year, with word evidently spreading about the enjoyment that this event brings to supporters buoyed by the success of the annual Indian Bazaar.


The Card Day has become a highlight on the Jesuit Mission social calendar, with regulars meeting up to play a variety of card games and enjoy a delicious lunch provided by the organisers. And, despite the fact that NSW students are on school holidays, many youngsters turned up to serve the card players who had gathered at St Ignatius' College, Riverview, for the occasion.


'This year we had students from Loyola Senior High School, Mt Druitt, Loreto Kirribilli, St Aloysius College, St Ignatius' College Riverview, St Edward's Tamworth, and McCarthy Catholic College Tamworth helping with the day as part of their community service program', said organiser Margaret Knapp.


Volunteers were essential to the success of the day, said Margaret.


'Thanks to the many supporters who give time to cook, serve on tables and clear after the function', she said.


Farewell Fr Tom Keogh SJ


Meanwhile, Jesuit Mission in Melbourne has bid farewell to Fr Tom Keogh SJ, who returned to Hazaribag in India after three months in Australia.


In his time in the country, Fr Keogh had a chance to meet and talk with students at Jesuit schools, and was impressed with their enthusiasm for Jesuit Mission's work.


‘The children were so happy to hear something about Jesuit Mission firsthand', he said. ‘This great interest among the children has come from the teachers. They were very aware of what the mission is doing.'


He was also a special guest at the Indian Bazaar at St Ignatius' College, Riverview in September, and spent time with the many other volunteers who support the organisation in Melbourne and Sydney.


Jesuit Mission Melbourne Manager Stephie Dunstan gave thanks to Fr Keogh for his time in Australia. But Fr Keogh said the experience was just as rewarding for him.


‘Meeting all the people who are working for the mission and supporting the mission with their prayers and their financial help, that's been an extraordinary experience', he said.


‘The experience is one of being inspired.'


A full interview with Fr Tom Keogh will appear in the next edition of  Province Express.



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