noviciate

Adoration of the magi tapestry by E Burne-Jones
Paolo Beltrame is a Jesuit novice who previously worked in astro-physics. He reflects on the connections between the gifts of the Magi and the life of the Jesuit novice.    Gold, frankincense and myrrh – three gifts that, gradually, entered our traditional celebration of Christmas, together with the story of the Wise Men, the Magi, and of the shooting star, or comet, or whatever it was.There might be a strong, even though invisible, connection between the route that the men...
Damian Howard SJ preaches at the first vows September 2017
This is a great day for the British and Irish Jesuits as we receive the vows of three young men who have decided that they are ready to commit themselves to sharing our life and our mission.These days, a decision like that it is no trivial matter. Behind the simple words of commitment that they are soon to pronounce lies much seeking and questioning and even a little struggling as they have tried to make sense of the invitation they have heard deep in their hearts to take a chance on God.So in...
Stephen Noon nSJ
Stephen Noon is a British Jesuit novice on an urban pilgrimage of Dublin, as part of a short experiment to go beyond his comfort zone and to test his vocation. He began the three week pilgrimage without food or money on Monday 26th June, finishing on Sunday 16th July.Stephen initially decided to walk from Dublin City Centre to St. Columcille’s Well about 11km south. He looked to a single Cross in a grass field some distance away and said: “It is a picture that sums up my day in many ways – God...
Chris Brolly nSJ training for the marathon in Birmingham last year
Chris Brolly is a British Jesuit second year novice on a three month placement in Dublin. Originally from Newcastle, 28 year-old Chris is of Irish Catholic heritage and worked as a teacher in marginalised communities before joining the Jesuits.   He joined the North Western European Jesuit novitiate, based in Birmingham, in September 2015.In this interview with Pat Coyle from Irish Jesuit Communications, he speaks about his reason for joining the Jesuits and he shares his experience...
First year novices with Fr Kevin O'Rourke SJ
The first year novices start their long retreat today at St Beuno's Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales.The most important part of the two year formation programme for novices, the 30 day silent retreat is made after the first four months of the novitiate.  In his Constitutions for the governance of the Society of Jesus, St Ignatius required that novices undertake a range of “experiments” to explore their vocations.  Alongside making the 30 day retreat novices...
Novices and staff at St Francis of Assisi Technology College
On Tuesday 4th October, St Francis of Assisi Technology College, Walsall, welcomed all 13 Jesuit Novices into their wonderful school. This was to celebrate the Feast Day of their patron saint with a series of lessons, given by Jesuit Novices, on the topics of vocations, the Society of Jesus and how to pray the Examen and other Ignatian prayers. With all novices teaching four or five lessons each, we managed to teach every child in the school in a single day, with well over 1000 students between...
My name is Peter O’Sullivan, I’m from Farnham in Surrey and I am a Jesuit scholastic. I have just come back from Regis College in Toronto, Canada where I studied philosophy and I am now preparing for Regency, a type of work placement, in the UK.Simply, I became a Jesuit because I want to change the world. I wanted to become a priest at university when I decided that if I was going to change the world, then it could not be a 9 to 5 job, it had to take up all of my time. As a priest...
Children at Makumbi Mission, Zimbabwe
The Jesuit novices based at Manresa House in Birmingham have completed their ‘experiments’ – assignments during which they have experienced faith and justice in action in situations which might be unfamiliar to them, in a variety of apostolic works either at home or overseas. Among the experiments this year in Britain, for example, novice Stephen worked at a hospice where, he said, he found God’s love to be very tangible; Vincent got an insight into parish life in North Wales; while Christopher...
Novice runs as womble!
Jesuit novice Jacques St Laurent is nobly donning the famous Womble costume to run the London Marathon for Jesuit Missions on 24th April.Jacques, who is currently working in Snowdonia with a remote rural community, was a competitive middle distance runner while at school and has maintained his fitness with regular running.  However he admits this is his first marathon and he finds the prospect daunting.  “The most I have run is a half marathon, and while I try to train every day here...
On retreat at St Beuno's
It’s been just over a week since we got back from making the spiritual exercises during our long retreat and us first years are now away again doing our short experiments. I’m down in London, working in a hospice, which is something that definitely pushes my boundaries – it is very much outwith my life experience to date.The long retreat was much more intense than I expected. Spending 30 days in silence and with God is both wonderful and deeply challenging and it has taken me quite a few days...

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