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Image of rare books in the Jesuits in Britain Archives
This week's From the Archives post has been guest-written by work experience student, Natasha Wilkinson.Hello! My name is Natasha Wilkinson, I am 16 years old, and for the past week I have been doing work experience with the Archives of the Jesuits in Britain. I wanted to do my work experience here because I am very interested in history and hope to pursue a career that is related to history in some way in the future. To begin with, I was unsure of what to expect from working in the archives,...
Workshop on bilingual schooling for Wapichan children
Paul Martin SJ, Regional Superior of Guyana, reports on a ground–breaking new education initiative for Wapichan mother-tongue children, with its roots in Jesuit accompaniment of the Rupununi communities.‘O Kaimen,’ (O Good), an essential Wapichan refrain, echoed across the Rupununi savannah last week as participants gathered at St. Ignatius Mission near Lethem.There is a great wisdom, that our increasingly individualistic and materialistic world largely ignores, in that famous African proverb “...
Tony Montfort
Today is the 10 year anniversary of former Director of Jesuit Missions, Anthony Edward Montfort who died at the age of 67 on 26th June 2007.Tony was not a Jesuit, however he dedicated over four decades of his life to serving the Society and was often referred to by many people as an “honorary Jesuit”.He was born on 1st September 1940 and was educated by the Jesuits at Donhead and Wimbledon College.He joined the Sacred Heard Jesuit Church and worked with the Club Scouts and with young...
St Aloysius Church, Glasgow. Alpine Stewart/Creative Commons
The Church of St Aloysius in Glasgow is expected to be packed tomorrow for the funeral of Fr Aloysius Church SJ, a native Glaswegian who spent almost 40 years in Guyana. The Jesuits in Guyana are celebrating a Memorial Mass for him today and the Regional Superior in the country, Fr Paul Martin SJ, says that Fr Church was a much loved missionary.“Fr Aloysius was instrumental in facilitating the renewal of the Church here in light of the Second Vatican Council,” he says. “...
Hands holding a light bulb lit up
Sometimes, you only find out what you have when you meet someone who hasn’t got it.When I was working in South America, I had a friend who worked in the electricity company. It’s called ‘Guyana Power and Light’. And he was in charge of what they called the “Rural Electrification Project”. That meant that it was his job to bring power and light to villages which had never had it before. He told me that it was the best job he had ever done.Wherever he went, he...
The 2016 Youth Convention in Shulinab, Guyana
A youth convention has taken place in Shulinab, Rupununi (Guyana), at which the central theme was ‘Preserving indigenous culture, rooted in protecting mother earth and nature’.This convention was the first for several years and it was primarily organised to mark and give thanks for the Year of Mercy which concluded on the Feast of Christ the King. More than 170 young, indigenous Catholics – Macushi and Wapishana – gathered in the enormous village benab. Purposely built...
Young Catholics process to the Church of St Aloysius, Tipuru
The Catholic community in Tipuru, Guyana, and the neighbouring region of the Pakaraima Mountains have been celebrating 100 years since the arrival of a British Jesuit to plant the seed of the Catholic faith. It was in November 1916 that Fr Cuthbert Cary-Elwes SJ stepped onto Macushi territory; and this month, more than 500 Catholics gathered at Tipuru to welcome their bishop – Francis Alleyne OSB – and to celebrate their centenary with the Eucharist.Cuthbert Cary-Elwes SJ (1867-1945...
James Conway SJ
Only as a Jesuit, could I dared have hoped to have been given so many incredible opportunities to see and experience life in all of its diversity.I write this piece on the tenth anniversary of my ordination. Such milestones punctuate our lives. They help us to pause and look back over the paths we've trodden. I entered the Jesuit novitiate when I was 31 years old and so brought with me a fair amount of lived experience. The thread, or one of them, which connects my life 'before' and...
The Missionary Sisters of Charity join Bishop Francis after the ceremony in Timehri: Photo - Br Kuriakose
The Jesuits in Guyana are working in one of the first parishes in the world to be dedicated to St Teresa of Kolkata (Calcutta) who was canonised by Pope Francis on Sunday.The Missionary Sisters of Charity – founded by Mother Teresa in 1950 – began the community in Timehri by undertaking short visits to families and surrounding places. On Sunday, Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB celebrated the Eucharist for this small Catholic community and named their church in honour of St Mother Teresa....
Paul Martin SJ working with the young Catholics of Guyana
The Jesuits in Guyana are working with the Diocese of Georgetown on a programme to help the country’s young people become leaders in the Church and to be stewards of God’s kingdom. The diocese’s youth office is currently running a youth camp in Kayuaka – for seniors and juniors – to provide a starting point for leadership-training programmes in the diocese, through prayer and activities that help them to identify their strengths as leaders in their churches.The...

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