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Old Wimbledonian swimmer Tom Baxter recently captained the Great Britain Deaflympic team and came back with a bronze medal from Samsun in Turkey. As well as picking up their medal, the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team of which Tom was a member also broke the British record for the event.Tom started swimming at the age of 13 while he was attending the Jesuit school in South London.  Proudly displaying his medal against his old school swimming cap, he said,  “I used to swim at my...
William Byron SJ has challenged Catholic business schools to be better than Harvard in a recent article in America magazine.A bold and provocative challenge, it might not be as fanciful as it seems at first glance. Contributing an Ignatian perspective on leadership and training leaders,  it is an interesting response to the current anxiety and interest in leadership. Ever since Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio SJ was elected Pope Francis there has been a growing interest in Jesuit leadership. This...
Arturo Sosa
Father General Arturo Sosa has been interviewed by L’Osservatore Romano after his first nine months governing the world-wide Society of Jesus. Giving an insight into the global apostolic reach of the Jesuits, he has already visited India, Peru, Spain, Germany, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Indonesia, Cambodia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  When asked to describe the Jesuit mission today, Father Sosa describes it as putting into practice reconciliation each day. This happens in different...
Oscar Romero street art
            Julian Filochowski, Chair of The Romero Trust, reminds us why there will be so many celebrations this year to mark the centenary of the birth of a modern martyr on 15 August.  This article first appered in Jesuits and Friends magazine issue 97.This Romero Centenary Year is a time to remember and to cherish the life, ministry and martyrdom of a valiant and prophetic contemporary pastor. As we wait confidently for the...
Ireland's first Jesuit bishop
The first Jesuit bishop to be based in Ireland  was ordained at the Cathedral of Saints and Columba in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, last Sunday.Bishop Alan McGuckian will lead the Catholic diocese of Raphoe.  During his ordination, Arcbishop Eamon Martin said that it was important to have conversations in Ireland about what defines a “good life” and “flourishing life”, not just for individuals but also for communities too.The archbishop also drew attention to the upcoming launch of the...
From Jesuits Telling Jokes
A Jesuit arrived in Rome and wanted to go to St. Peter’s Basilica. He asked a Dominican to show him the way.  “Father,” said the Dominican, “I’m afraid you’ll never find it. It’s right in front of  you.”This joke is one of  twenty in Jesuits Telling Jokes, a new book by Belgian Jesuit Nikolaas Sintobin SJ, which uses gentle Jesuit humour to introduce the reader to the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).The point this joke illustrates is that communicating too directly can produce the...
Appeal for memorial to St John Ogilvie launches
An appeal to erect a permanent memorial to St John Ogilvie at Glasgow Cross will be officially launched at 3pm on Sunday 23rd July at the Cathedral Cloisters, Clyde St.Glasgow.This development comes after plans were kick-started by an online campaign.Sancta Familia Media – a parish group that produces faith-based videos from the Motherwell Diocese raised the lack of a memorial at the site.Tim Curtis SJ, the St Aloysius parish priest who will be leaving in September to join Stonyhurst said: "We...
I've been one of the British Jesuits for over half of my life, since I left my native Scotland to begin my journey, first to the Novitiate and then to an extraordinary life, one full of gifts and surprises. The great Fr. Pedro Arrupe SJ once remarked that it isn't an easy life but that it is a wonderful vocation: "everything for the glory of God", he wrote, "what more is possible?". However imperfectly, I've thoroughly enjoyed trying to live up to that affirmation of Don Pedro. I know that I...
British cinema poster for Moonraker, illustrated by Dan Gouzee © United Artists
Over the last year, I have been reading and enjoying the James Bond novels. It is good to get beyond the famous movie franchise and see Bond and the narratives as they were originally portrayed by the author, Ian Fleming.Fleming’s prose is wonderfully visual and crisp. As the story-line in the novels develops, Bond matures: the tightly-coiled 007 of Casino Royale is simple, harsh and unforgiving; but as his friendships grow, he becomes more complex and thoughtful towards the final...
Maastricht students at the Great Wall of China
Two intrepid students from the University of Maastricht have been inspired by the explorations of Jesuit missionaries through China and Tibet to begin their own adventure. British Samantha Jenkins & Italian Angelica Giombini are documenting their trip with a blog, comparing their experiences with the travel logs of 17th century Jesuits in China.The expedition does not only serve its purpose as an interactive travel log, but also aims to provide comparative insight into the nature in which...

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