When Lourdes' parents passed away in Goa, she was sent to live with Mother Theresa. There she looked after the street children and has very fond memories of that special time. Now, Lourdes is devout, honest, fun, humble, loving, sometimes mischievous and cares for all. She loves the Eucharist and Mass. She is a friend to everyone and an exceptional member of the St. Canice Family.
My mother was involved in just about everything in my hometown in country NSW, and I guess I’m following in her footsteps. We never have a dull day or moment in the Parish office, so just love coming back. St Canice’s is so much bigger than Cooma, but the community here is still very warm and welcoming.
I was ordained a priest at Loyola College, Madras, South India in 1982. With the late General Father Pedro Arrupe SJ’s invitation for the "option for the poor", I did work in remote educational institutions of the province, especially in St. John de Britto School and Shrine, Oriyur, South India for quite some time.
I like the thought-provoking homilies/ sermons and great care from our Jesuit Community; carrying the Cross thru the “Cross” on Good Friday (powerful); happy social events and rooftop or kitchen get-togethers---all are part of this special place. And I know miracles happen here.
For me St Canice's is a parish where differences exist but tolerance and dialogue retained helped I believe by a critical mass of parishioners/ stalwarts who are wise enough (and good/wickedly humoured enough) not to sweat the small stuff but who hang because of what matters.
My involvement with the parish started out as extended family for our daughters, now I realise its actually extended family for me. Ignatian spirituality has been a powerful way to deepen my faith and threads my own Loreto experience (as student and parent) back to St Canices.