Fr Britto is ordained in Madurai
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 Xavier and I have followed in his. I was born and grew up in Rajakembeeram, about 25 miles from Madurai. Our parish has produced many religious vocations and my family has its share of sisters and priests. I was educated in a Jesuit school and entered the novitiate of Madurai Province in June 2000. Afterwards I studied mathematics and philosophy.”
Fr Britto went to Guyana for pastoral ministry in 2008. He worked for one year in the capital city, Georgetown, and for a further two years in the remote Amerindian region of the Pakaraimas, teaching mathematics and science to high school students. In 2011, he came to London to read theology at Heythrop College, University of London. He is currently studying for an MTh in Boston and is due to return to Guyana in July to work either on the coast or in the Interior.
Fr Britto is pictured here (right) after his ordination with Fr Jerri Melwin Dias SJ of the Guyana Region.