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Fr. Raymond Pace – Socius

The eldest of five children, I was born in Floriana (Malta) on the 10th of March, 1956. Before entering the Novitiate in Malta in October 1975, I had known the Jesuits mainly through my school years at St Aloysius College. After taking first vows in Malta I spent a year of juniorate in Frascati and then moved on to Namur (Belgium) for two years of study in philosophy. I did my two years of regency in Malta and then three years of theology in Naples (Italy). I was ordained in Malta on the 7th of July 1985. After that I did two years of licentiate in Brussels (Belgium) in Catechetics and Pastoral theology. Soon after, in 1987, I did my Tertianship in Dindigul (South India).

My first assignment in Malta was vocation promoter in May 1988. In July 1993 I was sent to Albania where I worked as Spiritual Director in the inter-diocesan seminary in Shkodёr. Two years later I was back in Malta involved in youth work mainly with Sixth Formers (16 to 18 year-old students). After spending 10 years in this very challenging apostolate it was time to change direction and my superiors assigned me to the Spirituality apostolate. Besides helping with retreat work in our Ignatian Spirituality Centre, I was also National Director of the Apostleship of Prayer for 11 years. During these last three years, I was European Coordinator of this international apostolate which is also known as the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. Meantime I was also visiting Spiritual Director in our Diocesan Seminary in Malta.

Since the 26th of September I am now Socius to the Novice Master as part of the Novitiate team in Genoa (Italy).

The Socius is both an assistant and a confidant of the Novice Master. Thus he offers another presence in the life of the novices whenever he is called to help them follow the instructions of Fr Master for their spiritual growth in the Society of Jesus.

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