Jesuit Missions

Stephanie Beech and Jules Greenwood
Last weekend Stephanie Beech, Jesuit Missions Communications Officer, visited Stonyhurst College in Lancashire to give a parish appeal for Jesuit Missions. As this had been planned for a while, the day appeared as a great opportunity to join the Stonyhurst Sprinters for a long run as part of the marathon team training, whilst taking in the beautiful Ribble Valley.However, the idea came before Stephanie had to stop running in February due to an ongoing Achilles problem. "I am now back on track...
This year there are 16 teachers associated with Jesuit schools who are taking on the London Marathon challenge for Jesuit Missions, including a team of 6 from Stonyhurst college and 4 at St Aloysius in Glasgow.Each were given one of the 16 Jesuit pupil profile virtues and asked to write why that word links to their training. Here are a few of their responses:Faith-filledRyan Ferrie - St Aloysius CollegeLondon 2019 will be my second Marathon and it certainly is an exercise in faith! Faith that...
Cyclone Idai’s death toll has now reached more than 750 across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, the three Southern African countries to be hit by the storm ten days ago. Over 110, 000 people are now in camps and the lack of safe drinking water is causing outbreaks of cholera.Jesuit Missions has launched an emergency appeal and is working with the local Jesuits across the region. Beira, a port city on the coast of Mozambique was the first place to be hit by Cyclone Idai and felt its full force....
Cover of Jesuits &Friends spring 2019
The Spring edition of Jesuits & Friends magazine has been published and is available in our parishes, schools and spirituality centres.The cover image shows children at the Early Development Centre in Maban, South Sudan, a project supported by readers of Jesuits & Friends via Jesuit Missions in the UK.  Paul Chitnis, Director of Jesuit Missions, recalls his recent meeting in nearby Cuiebet with Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ, a Jesuit who has dedicated the last ten years striving to...
Jesuit Missions is in touch with their partners in Southern Africa to respond to the humanitarian disaster caused by Cyclone Idai, which is thought to be one of the worst weather related disasters to ever hit the Southern hemisphere.The death toll is currently in the hundreds but it is feared that this is likely to increase to thousands in the coming days.The cyclone first hit Mozambique last Thursday near the port city of Beira, which is home to half a million people, including a Jesuit...
Shirley Russo and Kenny McKie with St Wilfrid in Preston
Leading lights in two of our Jesuit parishes are taking the London Marathon challenge for Jesuit Missions next month.Kenny McKie is the Chair of the parish council at St Aloysius in Glasgow and Shirley Russo is Secretary of the parish council at St Wilfrid’s in Preston. They know each other from many Jesuit parish networks and training courses.Shirley and Kenny are both new to running and are thinking of pacing each other on the day.  “We are going to try and get together for a practice...
Joel Thompson SJ
Jesuit Missions welcomed Joel Thompson SJ to the UK for a Lenten speaker tour which took place last week. He has been travelling the country visiting Jesuit schools and parishes to speak about his work with the indigenous people in Guyana and the importance of ecology in Guyana.He has visited Donhead Preparatory school, Wimbledon College, St John's Beaumont, St Ignatius College Enfield, Stonyhurst and St Aloysius Glasgow.Joel is a Guyanese Jesuit scholastic currently living and working among...
Bridget Phyland and Diane Bugeja
This year team JM has two runners from the international Jesuit family making their way to London to run the marathon in memory of Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ and to raise money to realise his educational legacy in South Sudan.Diane Bugeja from Malta is a serious runner who, prior to starting marathon training, ran around 11km five times a week. “I now follow a training plan and run around 75km a week, which will peak in March. Training is going well so far and I cannot complain. I'm used to...
This week, the Wombles have been appointed special teachers of care for our common home.On Thursday 7th March Lynn McWilliams and Teresa Undurruga, Outreach Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator respectively from Jesuit Missions, visited Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall. At the assembly they spoke of the work of Jesuit Missions and the challenges of caring for our common home. Teresa talked about future opportunities around the world for pupils with the JM volunteer programme.Having traveled from...
This year Jesuit Missions London Marathon runners will be running in memory of Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ, a 62-year-old Jesuit priest who was tragically murdered in South Sudan in November 2018.Fr Victor-Luke was a Jesuit priest who chose to work in one of the most dangerous and poorest places on earth. He was deeply committed to the people of South Sudan and to the teacher training centre in Cueibet where he worked. Fr Victor-Luke also had big plans to build a new college. Sadly, he was...

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