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Formation Days at Oak Lodge and Elsewhere

taken from John Fleming's photo collection




(source and commentary : John Fleming)

Probably 1982

"This photo is from Ratho, during one of the (in)famous "Voc-Vacs".
At this one I had taken the decision to consider entering formation
to find out what I'd been put here to do. These weekends introduced
us as young men to the life and values of the Society.

Featured in this photo  are Frs Mike Cotton, Damian Duggan,
the excellent Albert Gardiner and the much loved and respected Fr Jasper."





(source and commentary : John Fleming)

"Us lads, clearing up the kitchen. (I'm standing at the trolley, wearing the blue top)."


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First Cycle at Oak Lodge, 1983-85

Note : we didn't ever take photos of the serious business—just as you'd expect.


(source and commentary : John Fleming)


"Andre Filion's birthday, 1984. Note the chocolate choo-choo! (He loves trains!).
Gerry Stones (right), our excellent First Cycle Rector."


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(source and commentary : John Fleming)


"Don Anderson (Fr Provincial at the time), winding Andre's HUGE laugh by tickling his armpits."


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(source and commentary : John Fleming)

(L-R)

Fr Gerry Stones, Brother John Murphy, Fr John Boos, —— (Ethiopian guest)

"I can't remember the Ethiopian's name but he taught
us much—including how to fall off a moped very effectively.

Bro John Murphy was possibly the most generous -spirited man I've ever met."

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(source and commentary : John Fleming)


"Gerry Stones' birthday, just before we went home for Christmas and New Year.
Gerry is pretending to be indignant—either that or the Rev. Sister has noised him up about his naff cardigan."


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(source and commentary : John Fleming)

1984/85
"Linda and her husband being treated to one of John Boos' long jokes.
(Love the forced smile and the pout). John's style of delivery—while eloquent and very witty
—was very much an acquired taste. Linda worked a few days a week at Oak Lodge."


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(source and commentary : John Fleming)

"The Oak Lodge and St Edwards' summer barbecue, 1984."


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(source and commentary : John Fleming)

"A peckish Hugh Seenan."


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(source and commentary : John Fleming)

"Linda is glad that we are doing the cleaning and hoovering today ."