I have cooked for Jesuits, taught philosophy for Jesuits and now I communicate for Jesuits! I’ve had Jesuits friends for over thirty five years. And I’ve considered their presence in my life a privilege and a blessing.
I have also learnt many things from them like striving for excellence in all things, and the importance of intellectual rigour. When I came back to work as Communications Manager for the Jesuits in Ireland seven years ago, I left a fairly high-powered job as a producer with our national radio and television station, RTE.
But after about six months I found myself struck by and a little jealous of the self-confidence of all the Jesuits I met again. They could stand up in any gathering, from 50 to five hundred people and make their contribution, strong and full of a sense of the worth of what they were saying. ‘I’d like a slice of that I thought’ and as the years have passed I think I’ve got it.
Don’t know how – osmosis or infection or perhaps the generous feedback and the ‘get on with it, you can do it attitude’ conveyed to me by many good Jesuit colleagues!