Jesuits and Friends

The magazine of the Jesuits in Britain is celebrating its 100th issue this summer with a trip down memory lane.This 100th edition of Jesuits and Friends has a fold-out central section, with a timeline reviewing the past 99 issues.Looking back over the last 100 issues in the archives was an interesting exercise for the current editorial team. As the current Editor, Fr Paul Nicholson SJ, put it, “memories have been stirred and half-forgotten events recalled – did he really look like that? What...
Fr Francisco de Roux SJ (PC:CAFOD) and Fr Fidelis Mukonori SJ (PC: Russell Pollitt SJ)
Frances Murphy introduces two Jesuit priests who have acted as mediators in the volatile political climates of Colombia and Zimbabwe.Over the past 5 years, most Jesuit-related headlines in the secular press have had one man in particular as their subject – Jorge Mario Bergoglio SJ, now Pope Francis. However, he is not the only member of the Society of Jesus to have made an impact on the global stage in that time.Two countries whose modern histories have been characterised by internal conflict...
Chad features towards the bottom of global rankings for governance and human development, and is classified as a ‘fragile state’. During the last fifteen years, Eastern Chad has become the home to over 300,000 Sudanese refugees who have fled conflict in their own country and have settled in thirteen camps over the border.The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) tertiary education programme aims to improve the quality of education in the camps, which in turn will improve the quality of life there. This...
Cover image Pope Francis and T Smolich SJ
Don’t forget to pick up your free copy of the winter edition of Jesuits and Friends, available from this weekend in our parishes, chaplaincies and schools.The cover story is by Fr Aloysius Mowe SJ of JRS Europe who puts the refugee crisis into global context, and describes how Pope Francis’ “constant and prophetic” advocacy has empowered Catholic agencies and Jesuit Refugee Service to put pressure on local authorities and national governments.We carry an article by the new provincial Fr Damian...
Fr Denis (second left) with director Ashley Pearce, Sean Bean, Colin McKeown of LA Productions and Jimmy McGovern
A British Jesuit commissioned to help one of television's tough guys to portray a sensitive, vulnerable north country Catholic priest says the experience was "very satisfying", with the production team keen to be authentic and showing immense trust. His account of the experience is the cover feature in the spring edition of Jesuits and Friends, which is now available from Jesuit parishes, schools, chaplaincies and spirituality centres throughout Britain. It is also available to download.The...
Issue 95 of 'Jesuits & Friends' is available now
The winter 2016 edition of Jesuits and Friends is out this week, with the Jesuits’ new Superior General shown at prayer on the cover. Fr Arturo Sosa SJ from Venezuela was elected to be the 30th successor of St Ignatius Loyola at the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus, which concluded last weekend in Rome. The magazine contains a report from the Congregation, alongside a biography of Fr General Sosa."It is clear that, with a Pope and a General both from South America,...
Jesuits & Friends - issue 92
Pope Francis’ appeal on behalf of migrants is the cover story in the latest edition of Jesuits and Friends, which is published this weekend. Recalling his address to the US Congress to urge people to see the faces and listen to the stories of refugees, rather than to simply think of them as statistics, the winter edition of the magazine considers the Jesuits’ response to the crisis and provides several ideas for action – from direct support of the Jesuit Refugee Service to campaigning and...
Writing in the Spring 2015 edition of  Jesuits and Friends, Sarah Teather MP says engaging in debate is vital to help sow seeds of hope for refugees.Immigration looks set to dominate the forthcoming General Election campaign. And I do not expect it to be inspiring. In my constituency office (Brent Central) each day, I see the results of our tough immigration approach. Policy consequences walk in through my door with a human face and real back story – desperate, destitute asylum seekers who...
“The treatment of asylum seekers on the Italian mainland is symptomatic of European asylum regulations that prioritise control and border security above respect for individual human rights and dignity,” writes Oscar Spooner of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the latest edition of Jesuits and Friends. In his article ‘Extreme lengths in search of safety’, Oscar quotes migrants themselves as well as the views of JRS staff, including Fr Jean-Marie Carrière SJ, the director of JRS Europe.“We...
The 89th edition of Jesuits and Friends has been published so if you are on our mailing list you should be receiving it very soon, or it is already with you. You can also pick up the latest edition in Jesuit parishes and spirituality centres. If you would rather read it online we publish each edition to our website and the latest edition can be read online now: Jesuits and Friends Winter 2014 edition Popes prayer for victims of ebolaJesuits and Friends also has a new editor, Paul Nicholson SJ,...

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