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Collage of black and white boats on which photos of Frs Legros, Devas and Day, all in military uniform is shown
The Gallipoli Campaign, occurred in what was then the Ottoman Empire but is now Turkey, between 25 April 1915 and 9 January 1916. The Gallipoli peninsula forms part of the bank of the Dardanelles strait, the sea route to the Russian Empire. Britain and France launched a naval attack to secure the route for their ally Russia. When this failed, a land campaign was prepared. A hundred years on we review the experience of the three British Jesuit Chaplains missioned to Gallipoli whose job it was to...
Gerald O’Mahoney was born in Wigan Lancashire in 1934.  He attended Mount St Mary’s School in Spinkhill and joined the Jesuits at the age of 18.  During his formation he taught Maths and Classics, first at St John’s Beaumont and then at Beaumont College in Windsor. He was ordained in Dublin in 1964, where he was studying at Milltown Park.From 1966 he was based mainly at Loyola Hall where he was a member of the team giving the Spiritual Exercises.  During this time he also served...
My time so far in the noviciate has had a Tardis–like quality: it seems in many ways to have flown past, but equally I can’t believe how much we have managed to squeeze in.  Life seems fuller, yet simpler, on the inside of the noviciate.It has been a period of settling in and finding routine, but also a time of change. We’ve built on some strong foundations and there is a good buzz around the place. People are putting their whole selves into the work that we do, including, as an example,...
Homeless on the streets of Rome
As winter begins to set in, Pope Francis and his Jesuit brothers have made sure there are extra beds in town for those who find themselves facing life out on the streets during the cold winter nights.The new Rome dormitory for the homeless bears the name ‘Gift of Mercy’ because, as the Apostolic Almoner, Bishop Konrad Krajewski explains, “it is a gift from the Society of Jesus and mercy is love’s second name”.The building previously hosted a travel agency and belongs to the Jesuit community and...
Citizens UK rally
In the past year Jesuit communities, parishes and works in London have been actively involved with Citizens UK's campaign to keep a spotlight on our government's response to the refugee crisis.Now Citizens UK is moving on to pressure David Cameron to keep his pledge, which includes 1,000 refugee children from the camps in Lebanon to be resettled in the UK by Christmas.  So far, over the last 18 months, only 216 Syrian refugees have been admitted to the UK, and progress is still glacially...
Fr Rory Geoghegan has lived as a Jesuit in various pastoral roles of priestly ministry for over sixty years and is currently engaged in retreat works and sculpture as part of his ministry at St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre, North Wales.Born in Shipley in 1931, Rory joined the Jesuits in 1949 and was ordained in 1962.  He later studied at Oxford Tech and Sunderland College of Art (1964-68) before returning to chaplaincy work in Bristol where he was also engaged as a sculpture...
Fr Paolo Bizetti SJ
Before Italian Jesuit, Fr Paolo Bizetti, takes up his Vatican appointment as apostolic vicar of Anatolia in Turkey next year, he admits that he needs to learn the language.In a recent interview with Vatican Radio he said, “I am going with much humility because I am not young, I must learn the language. I’m going at the beginning of the jubilee Year of Mercy and I ask everyone to be merciful toward me as to bring them the mercy of God.”This Jesuit’s appointment follows the tragic murder of...
English language summer school participants with Fr James Hanvey SJ
Fifteen Jesuits from twelve different countries participated in this years Jesuit English Language Summer School (ELSS) at Campion Hall, Oxford, an annual course organized by the British Province for Jesuits who want to improve their English skills. The four week long course was offered at the pre-intermediate, intermediate and advanced level.The ELSS is much more than a month of just learning English. The students are given the opportunity to get to know the British Jesuit province and have a...
St Andrew Bobola was born in 1591 in the Palatinate of Sandomir and entered the Society of Jesus in 1611. After his ordination in 1622, he first served at Vilna as a preacher and director of the Sodality. From 1636 he worked as a travelling missionary and, at a time when the Church was subject to fierce persecution, strengthened a great number of Catholics in the faith. In 1657 he fell into the hands of Cossacks and after being subjected to savage torture, he died a martyr’s death in the town...
Excerpt From The Homily Preached By Pope Piux XI At The Canonisation Of St Andrew Bobola SJ
The life of St. Andrew  Bobola, S.J., (1591-1657)According to modern hagiography, Andrew Bobola, S.J., did not differ much from other priests or his fellow Jesuits in terms either of pursuing holiness in his daily life or of his missionary zeal. The argument for that is that there was a silence and nobody would remember much about him for 50 years after his death, which happened in 1657.  The history of devotion to him started in 1702, when the martyr appeared in the visions of the...

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