Society of Jesus

James Reilly
The Jesuits in Britain are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chair of the province’s independent safeguarding commission. Following a competitive interview process, James Reilly this month took over the role, replacing Kevin Barry, who completes his term of office after five years.The Jesuits in Britain have had a safeguarding commission for almost twenty years, since the Nolan Report recommended independent oversight of safeguarding by professionals in 2001. Although an unpaid role...
Liam Ó Maonlaí of Hothouse Flowers entertained the gathering the launch of a graphic novel, as gaeilge, on the life of Polish Jesuit Stanislaw Kostka, published by Timire-FÁS.This unique novel is the result of the collaboration of Frank Brady SJ, editor of the Irish language spirituality magazine An Timire, and Prezemek Wysoglad. Prezemek is the author of the graphic novel Kostka, originally written in Polish and illustrating the life of Fr Stanislaw, patron saint of the novices, who died 450...
The Jesuit Curia in Roma has released a video message from Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, for the 50th anniversary of Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES).Beginning its journey in 1969, the Secretariat endeavours to work with people for change to bring the charity and the justice of the Gospel to society and culture. Its members assist Fr General in developing the apostolic mission of the Society, in its dimension for promoting justice and reconciliation...
Pope Francis always tries to meet with local Jesuits wherever his pastoral visits take him in the world. Travelling with him is Fr Antonio Spadaro, Editor in Chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, who records and transcribes the conversation for the pope.These ‘conversations’ have always been published on the English edition of the website. La Civiltà Cattolica has now brought the talks together in a single digital edition entitled Pope Francis: Fraternal and Spontaneous, launching in this way the...
The Society of Jesus succeeded in creating a utopia in the Amazon, an operation no one else managed to accomplish.The Jesuit missions in Paraguay helped the Guaraní Indians to improve their living conditions and to create an internal market among the different villages and peoples that inhabited the jungle.Producer and director Vicente Herrero has made a new documentary, ‘U-Topos’, to tell the lights and the shadows of the Jesuit presence in America. It relates the relationship of the Society...
Pope Francis at the International College of the Gesù. PC: CNS photo/Vatican Media
“The plant grows from the roots, which are not seen but which support the whole. And it stops giving fruit not when it has few branches, but when the roots are dry,” said Pope Francis to staff and students of the International College of the Gesù in Rome on the 3rd December. The community celebrated their jubilee since its founding by Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ in 1968.“On the fiftieth year, that of the Jubilee, the Scripture says that ‘each of you is to return to your family property and to your own...
Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ
Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, has announced the beginning of the process towards possible beatification of Father Pedro Arrupe SJ, who is going to be considered from now on a "Servant of God".The news arrived on the day of Fr Arrupe’s date of birth, 14th September. His encouragement to the rediscovery of the Spiritual Exercises and of the method of personal discernment is just one of his many contributions to the Society and to Ignatian Spirituality.It is...
The Expanded Council of Fr General met from September 3rd to 7th in Rome. Fr General’s usual Council was joined in this meeting by the Conference Presidents, the Sector Secretariats and the General Treasurer.The five day meeting of the Expanded General Council (Consiglio Allargato) began with a Eucharist with the Jesuit community. The meeting lays the ground for the January 2019 discernment of the Universal Apostolic Preferences.In his opening remarks, Father Arturo Sosa SJ spoke first of...
Pope Francis and Leonard Moloney SJ
During his private meeting with Irish Jesuits in Dublin last weekend, Pope Francis was asked by the Irish Provincial Fr Leonard Moloney SJ if there was anything the Irish Jesuits could help him with in line with their Fourth Vow – special obedience to the pontiff. The pope responded by asking them directly to help to address clerical sexual abuse, with the healing process and with the reparative work that needs to be done.Reflection on the scandal of abuse and penitence for the misery and...
With the visit of Pope Francis as its focus, the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Dublin has been a unique occasion for the Catholic world to celebrate families and their wonderfully rich and diverse contribution to society.In his homily given at Phoenix Park before a congregation of half a million people, the Pope said that one of the fruits of the WMOF would be for participants to return home “and become a source of encouragement for others”. He called on the congregation to bear witness...

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