Patxi Álvarez SJ: Presentation of the new Secretary

In 1999, after spending my regency in Cambodia, where I accompanied and assisted refugees who were disabled or elderly, I returned to the Province of Loyola, to which I belong.  Those years in Cambodia were a time of grace: there was interior distress at seeing so much suffering, but there was also great consolation in witnessing the people’s undying hope and their enthusiasm for life.  All of us there – lay people, Jesuits, other religious – worked and lived together.  We were an international team, and that was our home, a space where we could support one another and where every day we learned more about serving with generosity.