Letters from London
Reflections from a Jesuit President on Sabbatical
The Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola University Maryland, is on sabbatical during the Fall 2015 semester, re-engaging with his academic scholarship during his appointment as a visiting scholar at Heythrop College.
During his time abroad, he will share occasional reflections.
In the wake of the attacks in Paris on Friday, Nov. 13, Father Linnane decided to travel from London to Paris to be with Loyola students who are studying abroad there. From Paris he will travel to visit the Loyola students studying in Leuven, Belgium.
Knowing how concerned we are for these members of our Loyola family who are so far from home, Father Linnane wanted to keep us updated on his travels.
“Letters to London” is a blog he began to document his travels.
As the tragic events unfolded in Paris last week, I thought immediately of our students studying abroad there.
I left Saint Pancras London at 11:31 a.m. We had a minute of silence at the station for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, a very somber 60 seconds. After the silent prayer, I had two thoughts…
I arrived in Paris on schedule and quickly made my to the 7th arrondissement, where the American University of Paris is located.
I find myself on the train again this time the high-speed train from Paris to Brussels. As we zip by the French countryside I find myself reflecting on the conversations I had in Paris this morning and about what I had observed as I walked from one American University of building to another.
This was my second visit to Nachbahr Huis. This time my purpose was to touch base with our students after the terrorist attacks in Paris. Although Paris is a few hours away, the attacks were planned and coordinated from Brussels, just 35 minutes away.