St Ignatius Lethem

Pre-Synod pan-Amazonian consultation, procession to church
The small community of St Ignatius village near Lethem in the Guyanese interior hosted a once in a generation event last week.  This was the much-heralded pre-synod consultation meeting of the eastern region of Amazonia.Pope Francis announced the Synod on the Amazon in January, after expressing grave concern for the indigenous peoples and the ecology of the region.  The pope appointed a pre-synod council to prepare consultation documents which are analyzed to inform the synod working...
Workshop on bilingual schooling for Wapichan children
Paul Martin SJ, Regional Superior of Guyana, reports on a ground–breaking new education initiative for Wapichan mother-tongue children, with its roots in Jesuit accompaniment of the Rupununi communities.‘O Kaimen,’ (O Good), an essential Wapichan refrain, echoed across the Rupununi savannah last week as participants gathered at St. Ignatius Mission near Lethem.There is a great wisdom, that our increasingly individualistic and materialistic world largely ignores, in that famous African proverb “...
The new church of St Ignatius in Lethem, Guyana
The parishioners of St Ignatius Mission in Guyana have thanked a London parish for helping them secure a statue of their patron, St Ignatius Loyola, which travelled halfway across the world to be installed.For many years, the Catholics in the small Amerindian village of Lethem, tucked away on the edge of the Amazonian rainforest and savannah, wanted a statue of Ignatius Loyola. The mission is located miles away from any source of statues or other piety items; but as they prepared to open their...
The new church of St Ignatius Lethem
On Sunday 31 July, the Feast of St Ignatius,  Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB, Bishop of Georgetown, travelled to the Guyanese interior region of Rupununi in order to open and bless the new church of St Ignatius of Lethem. Over 600 people attended the ceremony, at which candidates received the Sacrament of Confirmation.Fr James Conway SJ, co-ordinator of the interior apostolate, said “it was a great day”.The Jesuits in Britain are responsible for the region of Guyana and have ministered to the...
Karasabai in the South Pakaraimas
Jim Conway SJ, Superior at the Lethem Jesuit Community in the interior of Guyana, is just back from Karasabai in the South Pakaraimas district, where the community is building its new Church.“It's inspiring to see the way people are working together to achieve their goal and wonderful to feel the spirit that such a community effort generates” comments Fr Jim. “It is easy to feel God's hovering presence on such occasions as a kind of tacit blessing. Karasabai is such a...