Damian Howard SJ

Homily of Fr Damian Howard SJ, given at Farm St Church on the Feast of St Ignatius 2019.There’s a set of seventeenth century portraits hanging along a corridor of the Jesuit residence in Oxford; as I walk past them I notice there’s always a little thrill in my heart. They depict a group of thoroughly European Jesuits. But their clothes and facial hair are those of Chinese mandarins. They have gone very native. And the forbidding look on their faces seem to say, “No need to worry; we know...
Delegates at Stonyhurst group photo
Last week saw over 90 Jesuits and 40 lay co-workers gather at Stonyhurst College for a conference entitled “Working in Partnership with the Universal Apostolic Preferences”.It is the first time that such a large number of lay partners in mission have joined the Jesuits in a collaborative discernment. Lay people included head teachers from our Jesuit schools, parish council members, and staff working in leadership roles in spirituality, finance, safeguarding, communications and social justice...
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         From a bright idea to a commendationOn 5th February 2019 in the London Jesuit Centre at Mount Street a seven person assessment panel, comprising representatives from the University of Roehampton plus external advisors from Exeter University and the London School of Theology, convened to assess a proposed new University of Roehampton degree: the MA Theology, Ecology and Ethics, which had been co-created with the Jesuits in Britain. The...
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The Homily of Fr Damian Howard SJ for Luke Taylor’s Vows Mass on 21st December 2018, Feast of St Peter Canisius.      With Christmas so close, I assume that we have all been busy buying presents for friends and family. Which is either a great pleasure or, if you are like me, a trial like no other. I remember when I was young an elderly uncle who used to come and stay at Christmas and who would always buy me an Airfix model of a ship or an aeroplane. And I dreaded...
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Fr Damian Howard SJ preached at the JRS UK Advent Service about refugee wisdom which knows the truth about human life.There was an Advent party recently in the East End of London. Four random locals found themselves in conversation about the dreadful fix the world was in. Prudently they avoided Brexit, but they didn’t hesitate to bemoan the natural catastrophes afflicting so many corners of the globe, the persecution of entire peoples for their religion or their ethnicity, and, of course,...
The 30th October was an exciting day for the JRS UK team as a new multi-purpose space, The Elliot Garden Room, was officially opened at the JRS UK Offices in Wapping. This calm and beautiful space, named after Br Bernard Elliot SJ who first started JRS UK in the 1980s, will be used for one-on-one support and therapeutic work for refugees, as well as prayer and reflection groups and creative activities.The building was opened by Fr Damian Howard SJ, Father Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain,...
This year's Stonyhurst Great Academies, on the 26th May, saw a special award presented to John Cowdall, longstanding Chair of Governors at Stonyhurst College, by Fr Provincial Damian Howard SJ."The Campion Medal is awarded by the Jesuits in Britain to those men and women who have most closely collaborated in its mission with a spirit a generosity for the glory of God and the common good," said Fr Damian. "It is with sincere gratitude that it is presented this year to John Cowdall, in...
Please remember in your prayers Fr James Conway SJ who professed his Final Vows at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm St, on Friday 8th June - feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Final vows are traditionally made on a feast of particular significance to Jesuits. Devotion to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus was originally championed by the Jesuit Saint Claude La Colombiere.In his homily, principal celebrant Fr Provincial Damian Howard SJ focused on the call to transformation...
Homily by Fr Provincial Damian Howard at the Final Vows Mass of James Conway SJ, 8th June 2018.It is traditional for a Jesuit to take his final vows on some notable Jesuit feast. Fr Jim Conway has chosen the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, a devotion championed early on by the Society of Jesus and one which has given its name to so many of our parishes and other works around the world. The revelation given to St Margaret Mary Alacoque takes us right back to the very heart of the Christian message,...
Jacques St Laurent vows
The last few days have been joyful ones for the Society of Jesus in north west Europe as two new Jesuits made their First Vows.  Thomas Klein SJ and Jacques St Laurent SJ both joined the north west European Jesuit novitiate at Manresa House in Birmingham in September 2015. Yesterday Fr Damian Howard SJ, Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, received Jacques’ first vows in the chapel at Manresa House, where he himself had made his first vows nearly 26 years ago.  Concelebrating...

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