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Formation Days at Oak Lodge and Elsewhere

taken from John Fleming's photo collection



(source and commentary : John Fleming)

c1985

"The choir and musicians from our work at St Mary Magdalene (Whetstone)
on the Sunday Mass. This was to say Cheerio before those of us in the
Second Year went off to Novitiate. We got into trouble with some of their
parents for keeping them out late.

Funny . . . didn't think anything of them all being fermales (Mmm m . . . .) "


(L-R):
Fran Ayers (violin), Natalie (singer), Hugh Seenan (driver at the time) ,
Cath Callaghan (flute), Ann Moriarty (flute), Trish Ayers (guitar), and Sandra Siluce (violin).

Not present :
Peter Buckley (singer), John Fleming (guitar and organiser) and Chris Nagendra (solo vocals).





(source and commentary : John Fleming)

"Fran is sitting on Natalie's chair. Gerry Smyth is to the right. "


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(source and commentary : John Fleming)

"We WF students won the inter-house Sports Trophy in1984/85 (again).
This is the MIL rector Fr John Creaven SMA (Philosophy) and I am grabbing the trophy.

We thought that the trophy was ours by right—before a ball was kicked, a field run over,
a dart throne or a chess move made. Justice was served  . . . again ! Praise God! "


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(source and commentary : John Fleming)

"This is end of term at the MIL (Missionary Institute of London).
After Mass, a wee party, with some of the staff getting our applause.

Amongst others featured here are:
Gerry Stones, Ottone Xantore (Old Testament),
the fabulous Sister Pauline Clark (Aunty Nelly to us),
Jesus Zubizarid and Dorothea from the Library, I think."

Sister Pauline was the most amazing choir-mistress ever and really
knew about marrying the traditional pre-Vatican-2 liturgy to the modern.

Ottone Cantore had a really nervous tick when lecturing. He was
unkindly named "Shakin' Stevens" by some of the Holy Ghost students.
He knew his Hebrew frontways, though. He's the guy with the big specs
clapping his hands together. (I think that Ottone was a Consolata Missionary).


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(source and commentary : John Fleming)

"Ouch!!  When the Reverend Sister slapped him,
John Boos was recovering from a broken shoulder,
having slipped on the icy driveway some weeks before . . . "

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(source and commentary : John Fleming)

"First Cycle students, including two Holy Ghost / Xaverian lads,
Peter Buckley and myself (far right).

Just visible below : Hugh Seenan, the back of Gerry Smyth's head.
(Now Doctor Smyth, if you please, in St Andrew's Scotland). "

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(source and commentary : John Fleming)

"Some unidentified Consolata students.


I have lost a photo featuring John McWilliam—which was his idea!
(John Gerrard and Gerry Smyth in leotards dancing to Die Fledermaus)
."

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(source and commentary : John Fleming)

"Summer of 1985, stage de langue á Ste-Foy-Les-Lyon.
I wish I could remember the names of these fine P.B.s
Four weeks was so brief and full of learning.

The picturre of Fr General Jean-Marie on the wall?
Another huge—but brief—influence on my life in formation.
I only met him once—what a guy! Inspiring. "



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