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Jake Aspinosa with his daughter who is a student at Veritas Christi school
Veritas Christi, the USA’s first Catholic online high school for students with special needs, has teamed up with the Jesuit Virtual Learning Academy (JVLA) to provide online access to the same theology courses taught at Catholic high schools across the country to teenagers with special needs.“This is a first in the field of Catholic special education online,” said Father Don Vettese SJ, a member of the Veritas Christi board of directors. “Veritas Christi joins an impressive list of Catholic...
The Jesuits in Britain celebrated the achievements of their Jubilarians at mass and dinner last night  at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanick, Derbyshire, where all Jesuits of the British Province aged over 65 are gathered for a Province Meeting.Presiding at mass was Fr Tony Nye SJ of the Farm St parish in London.  Fr Tony is himself celebrating 60 years in the Society of Jesus.  You can read his homily on our blog.Others present who celebrate jubilees this year included:Fr...
Jesus and the Apostles by Ben Sutherland on Flickr
A homily given at the Jubilarian's Mass on Easter Thursday.We Jubilarians are celebrating our many years of Jesuit life and ministry, and it is my privilege and challenge to be the representative in this homily. When you are in your eighties such a request may challenge your confidence more than it used to. But here goes! Some of us are celebrating 60 or 50 years since entry into the noviceship, some 60 or 50 or 25 as priests (including Dermot.) There are some who couldn’t be with us, but are...
Dominus ac Redemptor, the Bull of Restoration
We often read that the Society of Jesus was destroyed in 1773 and restored in 1814. In terms of the Jesuits' global, legal existence this is not inaccurate. It is important to remember, however, that the Society never entirely disappeared during the suppression era. It survived, indeed thrived, in the Russian empire and in 1801, a papal brief granted official recognition to this outpost of the supposedly expunged Society. This encouraged many groups of ex-Jesuits, including men in England, to...
In prayer, Christians and Muslims address one God
By Victor Edwin SJIntroductionCan a Muslim and a Christian pray together? This is an important question that one has to deal with in his or her mission of Christian/Muslim relations. In the pluralistic world, one cannot completely avoid any level of participation in the worship of the Other. The immediate danger that many Catholic theologians apprehend in such participation is the danger of syncretism. This question becomes theologically nuanced when it has to deal with Christians and Muslims...
Became a Jesuit in 1953. Kevin has taught in several UK Jesuit schools and has spent long terms as socius and then province treasurer.  He is at present superior of the Boscombe community
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has ordained nine Jesuits as deacons.  In one of the first major ceremonies since being made Cardinal by Pope Francis, he presided at the Ordination Mass in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 1 March 2014. For the past three years, the new deacons have been studying at Heythrop College, University of London, which this year is celebrating the 400th anniversary of its foundation by the Jesuits in Louvain. 2014 is also the 200th...
The variety of parishes served by the Jesuits in Britain could almost be considered a microcosm of the church in this country. Inner-city, multicultural, rural, coastal, affluent, deprived, multi-lingual, Polish are all words which could apply to one or other of the ten large and six smaller Jesuit parishes spread throughout England and Scotland.Last month over 100 representatives from the ten largest parishes - plus the Jesuit pastoral centres of Mount Street in London and Lauriston in...
In the light of our way of life and the missions entrusted to us we aspire to be men who:Have a deep relationship with ChristHave a capacity for friendshipAre flexible enough to work in different situationsSee the hand of God in the day to day events of their livesAre generous and enthusiasticWork well with othersCan take initiatives for themselvesAre cheerful and hopeful in dispositionAre open to people of other faiths and to all people of good willDesire to be of service to the most needyHave...
Jesuits in Britain 2014 Calendar front page
Some thoughts from the ‘Jesuit Calendar 2014’ may be helpful in finding God in all things. We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.  We are spiritual beings who have a human experience.  Teilhard de Chardin SJ An optimist, in my view,  is someone who has the conviction that God knows, can do and will do what is best for humankind. Pedro Arrupe SJ When you get rid of your fear of failure and your tensions about succeeding you can be yourself. You are no longer driving with your...

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