It's great when causal conversations move from the polite to the interesting. So it was this morning with Father Keith our Jesuit parish priest. He is USA American but being PP of a parish in English Wimbledon naturally our conversation started with grumbles (by me) about how the lovely warm sunny weather during the past working week had changed typically just in time for the week end into grey cloudy cold windy conditions. Upon his then asking how the family was I happened to mention that maytrees min was ending her gap year travels in Fiji where she was bemoaning the weather there too making it sound like today in Wimbledon only much more so and wet too.
That precipitated a response from Keith about a great (late) Jesuit priest of the 1940/50s era who like Keith is now, was a qualified accountant as well as a priest.
His name was Father Marion Ganey SJ. Father Ganey had worked tirelessly in the Jesuit community in Belize when a British colony, setting up credit unions to facilitate with the relief of poverty there. The governor of Belize was obviously impressed with Father Ganey's knowledge and dedication because when he became governor of Fiji before its independence, Keith told me that the new Fiji Governor requested the Jesuit Provincial leader to transfer Father Ganey to that then very poor country, to facilitate the setting up of credit unions there too. The rest as they say is history for as reported on the credit union history of New Zealand website:
Father Keith told me how wonderful it is when individual talents whatever they are, can be put to such beneficial effect. Father Keith was apparently a young Jesuit scholastic when Father Ganey was using his accountancy talents for the ordinary people in that way which made me start reflecting on whose lives have affected my own to the extent that they might in the same way have been or actually currently be, role models for mine. Paula Radcliffe certainly for jogging and marathon running but as regards people outside the family for other aspects of life, some reflection is required...
Keith believes that Father Ganey's work is very much appreciated in Fiji and commemorated appropriately on his grave in Fiji when he was buried there so I will see if maytrees min can find the grave memorial and email me a photo for me to pass onto Keith.