Jesuits on Experiment, an update from Ireland

Four Jesuits 'mission' in Belfast
Four Jesuits 'mission' in Belfast

Here is a picture of the group of four brothers who have a been missioned this week to Belfast. On the left is Alan, an Irishman. He lives in Belfast and engages in formation and spiritual guidance in the diocese of Belfast. The youngest is Henry. He's a Brit. Before he entered the society he was a lawyer in the City of London, specialising in environmental law. Now he is studying theology. The guy on the right is Tim, catholic chaplain at the universities of Manchester. On Sunday we visited various parishes in Belfast. In the evening we gave the kickoff of a personal guided prayer week. During the week we have several meetings and training activities. I (Nikolaas) will give a workshop on Thursday on "Youtube as a highway to interiority." 

On monday evening a visit to the small Jesuit community of Portadown. The place in Northern Ireland where it is perhaps the most difficult for catholics to live. The brothers work in the prison and in all sorts of initiatives to improve coexistence between Catholics and Protestants.  I again went to visit my retreatants in a Methodist church in the neighborhood. One of them is the "minister" of the church: a nice female priest with a collar. Highly motivated, especially in taking the lead in building bridges between Protestants and Catholics. This afternoons visit with the bishop and the evening Mass in "Sacred Heart." Every day we also gather for one to two hours for communal prayer and discernment. Impressive, surprising and above all very comforting. We pray with the Scripture readings of the day. We then discuss the matter with each other. Always bearing in mind the question of the future of our common apostolic Jesuit provinces. Taken from the blog of Nikolaas Sintobin SJ and translated into english.


The annual pilgrimage up Croagh Patrick was cancelled on Sunday due to inclement weather. But that didn't stop these intrepid Jesuits from Belgium, Britain, Netherlands and Ireland. They're on day two of their 6 day ancient pilgrimage trail to our holy mountain. Brendan Mc Manus explains why (just as the rain starts again!)

Posted by Irish Jesuits on Monday, 27 July 2015



Terry Howard SJ at the Basilica in Knock, Co Mayo. Giving a brief update on what he and the Jesuits from Britain, Belgium, and Netherlands are doing at the place where Our Lady appeared to a group of poor country people.

Posted by Irish Jesuits on Sunday, 26 July 2015