Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Moving in to the Loyola House of Studies




After ten wonderful days with my relatives, it was time to move into the Jesuit community in which I will be starting my Jesuit tertianship program (see explanation of Jesuit tertianship on the right). My Uncle Bob and Aunt Tonette, along with two of my cousins and their children, delivered me to the Loyola House of Studies (LHS), a large Jesuit Community at the Ateneo de Manila University campus. Those who live at LHS are largely young Jesuits who are doing studies at various levels -- finishing undergraduate work, studying philosophy, or studying theology. There are between 30 and 40 young Jesuits in studies here at LHS. Other older Jesuits who live at LHS include Jesuits who serve on the philosophy and theology faculty at the adjoining Loyola School of Theology, as well as the neighboring San Jose Seminary (diocesan). Needless to say, this is one very vibrant place, energized by young Jesuits engaged in the long process of study and formation.

As I explain on the right, tertianship is the final phase of Jesuit formation. We tertians are situated on the 5th floor (top floor) of the mid-century style building. Open-air corridors look out onto courtyards filled with gorgeous tropical vegetation of palms, birds of paradise, and calachuchi trees. We each have our own rooms which feature have two sets of large louvre blinds on opposing walls to allow for much needed cross breeze in the rooms. Floor-to-ceiling screens keep out the pesky mosquitoes. There is no airconditioning in the bedrooms, but we each have a fan to keep the air moving. Each room is also outfitted with a sink and medicine cabinet, small closet, desk, and bookshelf. The bed is a 4" thick foam rubber pad on a raised wooden pallette -- not fancy, but surprisingly comfortable! Common bathroom and showers are right down the hall. Already carving out a rut in the hallway as I make my way to the showers frequently through the day!

It's been unusually hot for this time of year (rainy season), so temps have gotten up well into the 90s. The only thing that cools things off, though, are the heavy rains, which fall almost daily / nightly. I'm told that temps will continue to fall through the months of November and December, and will stay relatively low (low 80's) through February.

I'll take pictures of my digs soon and post them on this blog. It's good to be in my new Jesuit home away from home, and to start the tertianship program. More on that in the next blog . . .

9 comments:

Italian Adventures said...
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bkelley said...

Hi Ray,

Glad you are settled in. Sounds very tropical! I'm sure you are anxious to get into the program and find out about all its dimensions. I keep praying for you; perhaps I should pray for cooler weather in Manila! It's cooling off here!

Bill

Nick said...

Hi Father,

This is such a great idea. I will be checking this regularly. Thanks for sharing your experience, and I will be praying for you.

Nick B. '06

Trevor said...

Hi Ray -

What a treat to come across your blog. I look forward to reading it often and catching up with you on this wonderful experience of tertianship. I don't have your new e-mail, but I would love to hear from you. It was a pleasure meeting and getting to know you when I visited St. Ignatius in the spring. God Bless,
Trevor Fanning
rebeltrevor@gmail.com

Susannah said...

Hi Ray,

How wonderful that you are deepening your practice and ministry in the Philippines. I send you my blessings from New Zealand - and especially for your journey in the month of November.

Joy from my heart to yours,

Susannah
susu@realemail.net

E. DeVenney said...

Ray,

Hey! I am glad to see that you are doing well. It sounds like you are having a great experience. The scenery looks absolutely gorgeous. Please know that you are in my prayers. Colleen and the boys say Hi! Take care and I look forward to reading your future blogs. God bless!

Ed D. and family

Greg said...

Best wishes to you, Ray.
If you happen to find a chance to talk with my uncle, Father Joe Smith, introduce yourself and tell him that the modern age of techonolgy has tracked him down and that his family from Buffalo, N.Y.(Fran) Richmond virgina (me) and Pensacola, Florida (his sister Eleanor) are praying for him and You. I'll pray especially hard for you if you ask him if he'd like to play a game of handball or take a hile up the nearest mountain nearby!
Greg Peters
greg_peters@comcast.net
804.378.0770

Greg said...

Best wishes to you, Ray.
If you happen to find a chance to talk with my uncle, Father Joe Smith, introduce yourself and tell him that the modern age of techonolgy has tracked him down and that his family from Buffalo, N.Y.(Fran) Richmond virgina (me) and Pensacola, Florida (his sister Eleanor) are praying for him and You. I'll pray especially hard for you if you ask him if he'd like to play a game of handball or take a hile up the nearest mountain nearby!
Greg Peters
greg_peters@comcast.net
804.378.0770

Akanksha said...

It is glad to know that you are settled. I wish you have great life further. May Go give you every happiness in your life. I am also moving to London next week.
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