Damian Howard SJ

Fr Damian Howard SJ (left) and Fr Dermot Preston SJ
Sometimes life feels like a revolving door, and 31 August 2017 was a day of farewells and welcomes in the Jesuit Curia in London.  At an evening Mass, Jesuits from the London houses prayed in thanksgiving for the outgoing provincial, Fr Dermot Preston SJ.  The new provincial, Fr Damian Howard SJ preached in appreciation of Dermot’s careful stewardship of the province over the last six years. Reflecting on the gospel, Damian said, “Leadership in Christ’s Church is rarely an affair of...
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Understanding Radicalisation - a Saturday workshop at the  Hurtado Jesuit CentreRashad Ali from the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and Damian Howard SJ of Heythrop College, University of London, will explore the nature and causes of religious extremism.Tickets are £10 for the morning, with coffee and cake included. To book please email welcome@hurtadocentre.org.uk
Fr Damian Howard SJ
Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, the General Superior of the Society of Jesus has appointed Fr DAMIAN HOWARD SJ as the next Provincial Superior of the Jesuit British Province. Fr Howard will take up this post on 1st September this year. He replaces Fr Dermot Preston SJ, who has been Provincial Superior since 2011.Fr Howard was born in Redhill, Surrey, in 1967, and was educated at Trinity School in Croydon. He went on to read music and divinity at Trinity College, Cambridge, and then joined the Jesuit...
Showing solidarity with refugees: Some of the JRS/Jesuit group
Volunteers and supporters of Jesuit Refugee Service UK - including a number of Jesuits - joined the protest in Whitehall on Monday evening on behalf of migrants and refugees. Tens of thousands took part in a show of solidarity following last week’s decision by President Donald Trump to bar refugees from entering the USA and to close the country’s borders to people from seven Muslim-majority nations.Jesuits from across London, including members of the Mount Street Community and the...
Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ with Fr Provincial, former General Nicolás and Fr Michael Holman SJ at Heythrop College
Yesterday’s radio airwaves had no shortage of participants from the British Province. On BBC Radio 2, Fr Damian Howard SJ was Clare Balding’s guest on Good Morning Sunday. He had been invited as a guest onto the programme to talk about Martin Scorsese’s film Silence, about 17th century Jesuit missionaries in Japan.Meanwhile, on BBC Radio Wales, Roy Jenkins’ award-winning programme All Things Considered was given over to Sr Gemma Simmonds CJ of Heythrop College,...
Br Stephen Power SJ (centre) and Fr Dermot Preston SJ (right) at morning prayer at GC36
As the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus (GC36) continues in Rome, the 215 electors are now engaged in the business that is central to any gathering of this nature, including legislative and administrative matters.  But this is also an important opportunity for the Jesuits to renew their understanding of their Jesuit identity and mission, for today and for the years ahead.Each morning, the tone of the day of work is set by prayer, coordinated by a German Jesuit, Fr Clemens...
The logo of the 36th General Congregation
It was an exhortation of Pope Francis himself which inspired the logo for General Congregation 36 (GC 36). Speaking on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus on 27 September 2014, he referred to the passage from St Luke’s Gospel in which Jesus told his disciples to “Row out into the deep water” (Lk 5:4). The IHS monogram with the blue green waves, cross and flame for GC36 represent many of the challenges the Society – and the...
Damian Howard SJ
The Hurtado Centre is hosting a full day of talks around the question ‘Is religion good for you?’.Fr Nicholas Austin SJ, a lecturer in Theology at Heythrop will be speaking to the question of the day. Fr Damian Howard SJ, who lectures in Theology with Fr Austin at Heythrop, and works on Muslim-Christian relations at the Hurtado Centre, will speak on ‘Is Islam good for you’. Sarah Broscombe, who is  a learning and Development consultant, will speak on ‘Is...
Bishop Hudson blesses the garden with Br Stephen Power SJ, Director of the Hurtado Centre
His Grace Bishop Nicholas Hudson attended an event on Monday to celebrate the opening of the Hurtado Centre’s Peace Garden and Journey Exhibition. The centre’s small outside area was transformed into a beautiful peace garden with a range of bed, trellises , planters  and seating which were all installed during an intensive week by seven volunteers under the direction of Clarissa a horticulture student who was also giving her time for free.  “It was amazing how...
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...

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