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Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach has died

Fr Thomas O'Hara SJFormer Superior General of the Society of Jesus Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach SJ died in Beirut, Lebanon, on Saturday 26 November 2016.

Vale Fr Peter Quin SJ

Fr Thomas O'Hara SJPlease pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Peter Bernard Quin SJ, who died at Wesley Hospital, Auchenflower, Qld, at 12.30 pm on 22 November 2016, aged 86 years.

Around the Works

Jesuit Mission gives thanks

25-Nov-2009

Defying the financial gloom that descended on Australia and the globe for much of this year, Jesuit Mission in Sydney has celebrated a record fundraising year, raising $288 283.86 through its various fundraising drives.

 

The success of this year's pivotal event, the annual Indian Bazaar, was complimented by perfect weather, said Darcy Hall of the Indian Bazaar organising committee. 'The last three years can be likened to Goldilocks and the three bears', he explained. 'In 2007 it was too cold; in 2008 it was too hot; but in 2009 it was just right!'

 

Funds raised at the Bazaar were bolstered by proceeds from the annual Card Day, the Sydney Golf Day and the Sydney Old Xaverians Car Raffle.

 

Receiving the cheque on behalf of the Jesuit Mission Board following a Thanksgiving Mass, Fr Ross Jones SJ said that, according to St Ignatius, 'the worst sin was ingratitude'. Fr Jones praised all those involved in achieving such outstanding results. 'I thank you on behalf of all the people in South East Asia, India and in the assistancy', he said

 

The Director of Jesuit Mission, Fr Phil Crotty SJ, said that while the success of this year's Indian Bazaar could easily be measured in terms of money raised or the size of the crowds it attracted, the passion and generosity of the volunteers who engaged with the event was the crucial ingredient. 'Your generosity is the true measure of the success of the Indian Bazaar', he said.

 

Fr Crotty said that the friends of Jesuit Mission shared in St Ignatius' desire to 'conquer the world for Christ'.

 

'This is the endeavour that we're all engaged in, seeing best how we can serve God', he said. 'This conquering is not territorial, it's about realising God's vision for this world. You share that vision with us - in fact it's your invitation as much as the Jesuits'.'

 

By Catherine Marshall

 

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