jubilarians

The Province Conference held on 23-25 April at Stonyhurst College offered the traditional opportunity for the Jesuits to celebrate important milestones in the service of their members.As there was no province conference last year, the 2019 meeting was a double celebration: remembering a thousand years of life in the Society and over five hundred in the priesthood. The Jubilarians’ service was celebrated at mass in the boy’s chapel at Stonyhurst College by the Jesuit Provincial Fr Damian Howard...
those more than 50 years in the Society
7th September was historically the date Jesuits would take their first vows.  Nowadays the occasion takes place on the first Saturday of September, just ahead of the beginning of the new term so the new Jesuit students can travel to their appointed universities for the first stage of their formation.But today we celebrate the jubilees of seven Jesuits of and in the British province who took their first vows on this day.Fr Michael Bossy (Stamford Hill community) and Fr Frank Hull (Preston...
Celebrating the Jubilarians in Glasgow. Photos: David Birchall SJ
There are many causes for celebration among the Jesuits in Britain this month, as several men are marking milestone Jubilees.Three months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, Michael Flannery marched into the Jesuit Novitiate in Manresa, thereby becoming this year’s most senior Jubilarian with 75 years under his belt. He is a member of the Corpus Christi Jesuit Community in Boscombe, Dorset.Yesterday (7 September), Fr Leo Arnold and Fr Paul Hackett (who started in primary...
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...