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Seeds resting in a persons hands - Photo by Joshua Lanzarini on Unsplash
‘What can we say the kingdom of God is like? What parable can we find for it? It is like a mustard seed which at the time of its sowing in the soil is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade.’Right after I was ordained, I spent five years working in the Amazon in South America. The area I worked in is called the Rupununi. That’s an area of Guyana about...
Fr James Conway has recently returned to the UK from Guyana where he spent five years working in the remote interior with indigenous peoples. For much of his time he was based at St Ignatius parish in Lethem near the border with Brazil.“As the time came for me to leave Guyana I had been travelling for six months in the mountains and had already said many farewells to different groups. By the time I got back to St Ignatius I thought the people might have forgotten about me, so I was surprised at...
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...
Fr James Conway SJ entered the Society of Jesus in 1994 at the age of 31. “The sense of a journey has been very real as God has accompanied me all along the way: through thick and thin, He has been faithful to me, though I have not always been faithful to Him” he reflects.Fr James was born in Gateshead and entered the novitiate in Birmingham IN 1994. After his studies in London, he went to Paris, to teach theology at Centre Sèvres, Jesuit faculty of philosophy and theology.Back from France, Fr...
Sr Theo catechesis with primary children karasabai
This Sunday Sr Theo CJ will run the London Marathon for Jesuit Missions. Her biggest fear? The possibility of being press-ganged into running in a womble costume! But no worries, two members of the JM team are ready for the womble challenge – watch out!For the preparation, she has had the invaluable support of her younger sister Felicity. “It’s been so great to have her companionship and enthusiasm throughout training, Sr Theo comments. Regarding the training itself, due to her natural runner-...
map of Guyana
Between the sixteenth and the twentieth centuries the Society of Jesus, like many other Catholic missionary orders, utilised the routes established by explorers, traders and imperial administrators as they moved across the globe. One result was that Jesuit provinces in Europe (and later in North America and Australia) tended to be given responsibility from Rome for providing manpower and resources for particular ’missions’ where access was made possible because of political fault-lines across...
Fr Paul Martin SJ with Guyanese village people
Fr Damian Howard SJ, the Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, travels to Guyana this week after brief visits to two other South American countries, Brazil and Colombia. He hopes to sustain a long term relationship with the Jesuits in Guyana once they leave the British Province to join a new entity which is the result of a re-structuring of the Jesuit mission to the countries of the Caribbean.It will be his first time visiting Guyana, a former British colony which has been an important part of...
‘It was as lonely an outpost of religion as you could find anywhere.’ So wrote Evelyn Waugh of the Jesuit mission station of St Ignatius in the central Rupununi region of south-west Guyana.In the winter of 1932-1933 Waugh had travelled to the interior of British Guiana (as it was then known) and Brazil. Waugh ostensibly had the travelling bug – in the foreword to Ninety-Two Days, the travelogue Waugh published in 1934 giving an account of this trip, he admits to ‘a fascination in distant and...
Pope Francis blesses a man in St Peter's square
I wonder if anyone here remembers Philip (“Doc”) Loretz. He was the first Jesuit doctor in the British Province. Up to the age of 55, he was a GP in the South of England – happily married with children and a successful practice. But, when he was 55, very suddenly and tragically, his wife died. Suddenly he was alone – all the children had left home. And he was bereft – like a boat cut from its moorings and tossed without power or steering into the current of life. And somewhere among all the...
Fr Provincial wanted to draw this interesting progrmme to your attention before it drops off iPlayer.  A Guyanese Amerindian swaps lives with a man from south London.http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08vf2hg/sign/the-life-swap-adventure-series-1-3-guyanalondon 

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