Ordinary but also extraordinary
I have very fond memories of being Jean’s “personal assistant” many years ago on the occasion of a retreat he gave at Corrymeela in Northern Ireland. What a privilege to assist this man as he ministered and gave individual time to anyone who wanted to chat to him and avail of his wisdom and inspiration – and, of course, to pack his bag at the end! He made each person feel so special in those moments. Being with Jean in this way, I was so struck by how he was at once very ordinary in many ways, but also extraordinary.
How wonderful that you have reached the ripe old age of 90, Jean! Wishing you the happiest of birthdays.
Community Leader, L’Arche Kilkenny (1986-1992)