Scholastics' Week 2012


Jesuit novice Michael Debono writes:

The annual scholastics week (though neither was it a week long nor was it open just for scholastics!) was once again held this year at il-Fekruna Rest House, between Monday 27th and Friday 31st August. Those present were Frs Josef Briffa and Mark Cachia, Deacon Chris Vella, Schol. Karl Vella as well as Novice Michael Debono. Fr Provincial was also present for various key moments of the week, whilst Polish Scholastic Krystian Mólka, who will be doing his regency with JRS, was also with us for some time. 

Central to the week was the sharing which took place on the second day. Each of us, including Krystian, shared his experiences in the past year, with its ups and downs, its challenges and its moments of grace. Given the fact that most of us cannot see each other during the year, this moment of sharing was important to update each other about ourselves and our studies. 

Another sharing on the penultimate day was related to the way we (and the lay people around us) are seeing the Church in the countries and cities we live in: Italy, Spain, France and Poland. It was in fact very interesting to note the differences and similarities between one country and another. 

On the third day we transferred ourselves to Lo-yola House to get an update from Fr Provincial as to the present state of the Maltese Province, hear how the planning process is going on and to discuss the future of the Province. For the  larger part of this meeting we had the fortune of having Fr Rene Micallef’s company via Skype all the way from Boston! During this meeting Ms Alison Vella, the Province Communications’ Officer, gave us a brief overview about the events the Province is planning for the Year of Faith. While at Naxxar the community hosted us for lunch. 

Thursday evening was dedicated to the now traditional family gathering. We started with a simple yet beautiful Mass celebrated by Mark the new priest, assisted by the new deacon, Chris. It was followed up by sharing the food brought over by our relatives. Friday morning was dedicated to a brief review of the days spent together and the closing Mass. 

The rest of the time together was spent enjoying each other’s friendship-in-the-Lord in a relaxed and informal manner: talking, swimming, reading, cooking (and eating!) and celebrating the daily Eucharist together.

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