Something Was Lost in Translation

Jesuit-preistIf you cannot trust the Jesuits, who can you trust?

Ron received an e-mail notice from the church he attends, Church of the Sacred Heart.

Subject line: Talk with Jean-Marie Carrière, Jesuit Refugee Service.

Body of e-mail:
Dear Friends,
In light of the present migration crisis the Society of Jesus will host a talk with Jean-Marie Carrière, director at the Jesuit Refugee Service.
Time: Friday, 18th of September, 19.00
Location: Párbeszéd Háza, Conference Room, 1085 Budapest, Horánszky u. 20

The event will be held in English language without translation.
Wishing you a blessed day,

The first clue something was wrong should have been the fact that the first website, when opened, does not have an English translation or a button to change the language. Surprise, the second site is in English. Okay, the first may be forgiven after a penance of a few Hail Marys.

We went to the lecture on Friday with eager anticipation to find out the latest status. Frankly, I wanted to hear what the local Catholic groups were doing to aid the refugees. We knew the Anglican Church has a refugee and migrant program. Very non-typical of anything Hungarian, when we arrived at five minutes past the 7pm start time, the lecture was in progress.

A panel of three people was seated in the front. The young man on the left had not spoken during the time we were there. In the center was the French Jesuit priest, presumably Fr. Jean-Marie Carrière (he was wearing a collar, though he could have been a Brother). He spoke in French, while the lady, the third person on the panel, translated everything into Hungarian. We waited for someone to say something, anything in English.

When it was apparent it was not going to happen, we left. A few others left immediately before we did and a couple left shortly after we did. I did go ask someone where the refugee meeting was being held, thinking we may have wandered into the wrong room, but we were in the correct place. What was incorrect was the announcement memo.

After completing my Ed.D., the frustration of finding a teaching position where I was willing to live, led to Ron and I leaving the country. We intended to travel for a year before settling somewhere in MA or RI. We left the US without any credit card debt, no car payments and our house mortgage paid by renters. We had $10,000 in the bank to make our way through a year.