Jesuit martyrs

The unveiling of a memorial for seven Jesuit martyrs at St Giles-in-the-Fields marked a true ecumenical moment. On Sunday 20th January, friends and representatives of the Catholic community and of the wider church gathered together with members of the Anglican community at the West End parish for a choral evening prayer and the dedication by Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, parish priest of Farm Street, of the commemorative plaque.“We don’t come to faith from a vacuum, but rather from a tradition”...
The chapel at the Hospital Divina Providencia where Archbishop Romero resided and where he was assassinated
The Centro Loyola in San Salvador, run by the Jesuit Province of Central American, will host the third pilgrimage to El Salvador organised by the Archbishop Romero Trust later this year. The pilgrimage in November coincides with the Centenary of Blessed Oscar Romero's birth which is being celebrated throughout 2017. It will take place from 13 to 25 November 2017 and bookings are now open.The pilgrimage will include a morning at the Carmelite Hospital where Archbishop Romero lived, and Mass in...
Image of a relic of the True Cross
The Jesuits in Britain Archives hold perhaps hundreds of relics, authenticated and non-authenticated, wrapped up in tiny parcels or housed in reliquaries of varying size, style and ornamentation. A relic usually consists of the physical remains of a venerated person or saint, or personal effects preserved so that the individual may be venerated. The relics held here range from teeth and small bones to blood soaked linen, rocks taken from holy places to a piece of rope from the hurdle that took...
 religious who work in Albania, forty of them holding pictures of the martyrs of the Communist period
Scutari:  For most British people, the first thing that springs to mind is the Crimean War. Names to conjure with are Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Fanny Taylor. Fanny Taylor was the foundress of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God, and was the first editor of The Month, the forerunner of Thinking Faith.I found myself there last Friday though now it is called Shkoder. I arrived at the cemetery with the sixty delegates to the Union of Conferences of European Major Superiors....
Stained glass window of St Nicholas kneeling before an image of Our Lady
St Nicholas Owen was born in 1562 in Oxford into a devout recusant family, and trained as a carpenter and joiner.  As a Jesuit lay brother he became the servant of Henry Garnet SJ, the Superior of the English mission, in 1588 -  a time when the penalty for Catholic priests discovered in England was torture and death.  His carpentry skills were put to use in building priest holes or hiding places in the houses of Catholics all over the country.  Known as “Little Jo hn...
Senior and junior choirs from ten Jesuit schools joined together this weekend to sing the music for the liturgies in St Aloysius Church, Glasgow, marking the beginning of the celebrations for the Four Hundredth Anniversary of the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie SJ. On Saturday the 7th March, the senior students sang the Mozart Vespers with orchestra in a church full of parishioners and visitors. On Sunday 8th of March, the junior choirs took their turn singing for the Parish Mass; a special Votive...
John Ogilvie SJ was born of noble Calvinist parents in 1579 at Drumna-Keith in Banffshire, Scotland. As a boy he was sent to the continent to further his education. With the help of Father Cornelius van den Steen (also known as Cornelius a Lapide) he was received into the Catholic Church, and was a student at the Scots College in Louvain and at other centres of learning. He entered the Society of Jesus on November 5 1599, and after insistent pleading, he was allowed to return to his native...
A memorial for the Martyrs at Musami
St Paul’s Mission Musami, about 60 miles northeast of Salisbury, Rhodesia  (now Harare in Zimbabwe) had been founded in 1923. It achieved its most impressive development  in the 1950s and 60s, thanks to the efforts of the superior, Fr Tony (Jeep) Davis, who had built schools, a hospital and sports’ facilities, including a large sports’ stadium and a swimming pool. It was the largest mission station in the Archdiocese of Salisbury, catering for over 2,000 students - mostly boarders....
A Quote from the Provincial on the martrys of El Salvdor " In death they have shared the fate of so many poor Salvadorans, assassinated because they sought liberation through peaceful means."
Michael Kirwan SJ reflects on the significance of the martyrs of El Salvador, 25 years on, and their message for us todayThe assassination of six Jesuit priests and two lay helpers at the University of Central America in El Salvador on 16 November 1989 was a horrific act of violence, one of many in a particularly brutal civil war. Like every act of Christian martyrdom, however, it is also a life-giving event, mysteriously fruitful of all that is the opposite of cynical cruelty. Like the...
St John Ogilvie was born in Scotland in 1579, the son of Sir Walter Ogilvie of Drum-na-Keith, Banffshire, and raised a Calvinist. He was sent abroad to further his education and was converted to the Catholic faith.   He entered the Jesuit novitiate in Vienna in 1599 and was ordained in Paris in 1610. After a spell teaching in Rouen, he was allowed to return as a missionary to Scotland where he arrived disguised as a horse dealer in 1613.   Within a year he was betrayed...