vocation

Please remember in your prayers Fr James Conway SJ who professed his Final Vows at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm St, on Friday 8th June - feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Final vows are traditionally made on a feast of particular significance to Jesuits. Devotion to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus was originally championed by the Jesuit Saint Claude La Colombiere.In his homily, principal celebrant Fr Provincial Damian Howard SJ focused on the call to transformation...
Part of the Summer Events at The Lauriston Jesuit CentreGero McLoughlin SJ, Rejoice & Be Glad: Exploring and investigating our call to holiness in todays worldFor more information, contact Andrew Cassidy: tel 0131 2299821; email: [email protected]
Pope Francis blesses a man in St Peter's square
I wonder if anyone here remembers Philip (“Doc”) Loretz. He was the first Jesuit doctor in the British Province. Up to the age of 55, he was a GP in the South of England – happily married with children and a successful practice. But, when he was 55, very suddenly and tragically, his wife died. Suddenly he was alone – all the children had left home. And he was bereft – like a boat cut from its moorings and tossed without power or steering into the current of life. And somewhere among all the...
Piggy bank surrounded by coins
It was when I was in the second year of the Jesuit Noviceship that I got to be really quite ambitious. I had the chance to get a job that I really wanted to have. It was the job of House Treasurer - the man in charge of the money. It wasn’t, you understand, that I particularly wanted to be in charge of the money - simply that, three afternoons a week, the Treasurer got to sit warm and comfortable in an office with a three-bar electric heater, while the other novices had to go out into the wind...
St Phoebe, a deacon in the early Church
Several Jesuits are among the members of a commission being set up by Pope Francis to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Catholic Church. The announcement of the group follows a promise made last May during a meeting at the Vatican with some 900 leaders of the world’s congregations of Catholic women religious.The commission will be led by Jesuit Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria SJ, who is secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of...
Jesuits in Britain have for many decades been responsible for the formation (our jargon for training) of Jesuits from all over the world.  They have been sent to London by their Superiors to benefit from our teaching of Theology and Philosophy at Heythrop College at undergraduate and masters levels, and a number also come to study at other universities in London and around the country.  We have four “formation communities” in London where Jesuit scholastics (our jargon for...
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Just once in a while, usually in that really quiet period after Mass when nearly all of the people have gone, I will notice out of the corner of my eye a young woman or a young man hanging about suspiciously near the poor box by the candle-stand. And as I clear up after Mass, they will continue to hang around, loitering with what looks like intent. And then when I walk up to the back of the Church, they will very slowly sidle up to me. And then, as they get near me, I will see a shifty look...
Britto Arockiam SJ has been ordained to the priesthood in Madurai, South India. A former student of Heythrop College and a member of the Jesuit community in Wimbledon, Britto was engaged in pastoral ministry in Guyana – a Region of the British Province – for three years and will be returning there later this year.“My parents named me after the Portuguese Jesuit Saint John de Britto who was martyred in India in 1693,” Fr Britto explains.  “He followed in the footsteps of Saint Francis...
Paul Fletcher, born deaf 54 years ago, after a Master’s degree in Librarianship and a career as a Librarian for ILEA and previously the British Library; joined the Jesuits [British province] in 1988. He was ordained priest 1997 in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.  “I felt there was more to life than just following the treadmill of full-time work and possibly marrying and starting a family. Whilst I had job satisfaction and a social life, something was missing… Exercising my vocation to...

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