Adrian Porter SJ

“On behalf of all of us from the Mount, we would like to thank everyone for their warm hospitality,” said William Yacomeni, Deputy Head Boy of Mount St Mary’s College, at the conclusion of the Jesuit Student Leadership Conference. “We learnt a great deal.”The conference, which ran from Wednesday 26th September to Friday 29th September, was held at the Jesuit summer house in the tiny hamlet of Barmouth, North Wales. Nearly 20 student leaders from St Ignatius College (Enfield), Stonyhurst...
Five celebrants outside Sacred Heart Church
Yesterday evening five Jesuits celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of their ordination to the priesthood with many family and old friends.  The Sacred Heart Church in Wimbledon was the location of the ordinations in 1988, celebrated by Bishop Victor Guazelli and Fr Michael Campbell-Johnson SJ, who had recently taken over as Provincial.All five Jesuits retained strong links to the Wimbledon area so it was fitting to return to the Sacred Heart Church for the celebration.  Both Adrian...
JECSE delegates in session
The Loyola Retreat Centre in northern Spain was swathed in snow last week as it hosted a major gathering of the head teachers of Jesuit schools in Europe.  Heads of all the Jesuit schools in the UK attended, alongside colleagues from Portugal to Poland.125 head teachers travelled from across Europe to the birth place of St Ignatius for the triennial European Jesuit Primary and Secondary Education Conference (JECSE) entitled “Can we talk about Jesus – Jesuit schools in a multi-faith context...
Founders day
On Friday 24th November, St John’s Beaumont School had a whole school Mass for its patron saint, St John Berchmans. St John’s Beaumont School was dedicated to St John Berchmans because John Berchmans was canonised in 1888, the same year that St John’s Beaumont School was opened.Fr Adrian Porter SJ presided over the Mass in the school’s sports hall. All the pupils and staff were there, as well as many parents. At the Mass, Fr Porter showed the boys a relic of St John Berchmans and three boys...
St Mary's Convenant statue
From Thursday 5th to Friday 6th October, chaplains from the Jesuit schools came together at St Mary's Convent in Handsworth, Birmingham, for the Jesuit Institute Chaplaincy Conference. Chaplains came from St Ignatius College in Enfield, Donhead Preparatory School, St John's Beaumont School, Mount St Mary's College, Barlborough Hall School, Stonyhurst College, St Joseph's School in Hurst Green, St Mary's Hall, St Aloysius College, and St Aloysius Junior School, as well as Loreto College in...
“We enjoyed every minute of it, as well as learning how to become good leaders with the hope of having a big impact back at school by sharing our experiences with the wider community to produce a real change.” These were the words of the Stonyhurst head boy, Nico Mariscal, at the end of the Sixth Form Leadership Conference. It went from Wednesday 28th September to Friday 30th September and was held at the Jesuit summer house in Barmouth, Wales, with sixth formers from St Ignatius College (...
Leaders of the future: our heads of schools outside Fronoleu Terrace
A group of sixth-formers descended on the Jesuit Villa House in Barmouth last week for a three day Jesuit Institute conference on leadership. From Wednesday 28 September to Friday 30 September, head boys and head girls came to Fronoleu Terrace to learn about leadership in the Jesuit tradition. The head boys and girls and some deputy head boys and girls came from the Jesuit secondary schools of Stonyhurst, Mount St Mary’s College, Wimbledon College, St Ignatius College and St...
Service at St Augustine's Church Copenhagen
On Monday 5th September, the administration of the Jesuit mission in Denmark was formally handed over from the German Province to the North Polish Province. A Mass was said in St Augustine’s Church next to the school, Neil Stensens Gymnasium, commemorating the handover. To show the dedication of those Jesuits who previously worked in Copenhagen, the gratitude of those there now and the commitment of the Jesuits now working in Copenhagen, most of the Jesuits who worked with the school were...
Groups discussions at St Beuno's
Earlier this month St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales hosted a meeting of 43 Jesuits convened to review the state of the Province six months after the Province Congregation in April, and to help prepare for the 36th General Congregation (GC36) next year in Rome. [The General Congregation is the highest authority of the International Society of Jesus and meets next year for the 36th time since the foundation of the Order, to elect a new General and to discern the future...