beatification

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...
Jesuit seminarian killed in 1996
The Society of Jesus is actively supporting the cause for the beatification of a Filipino Jesuit seminarian who was killed in a grenade explosion in 1996.Richard Fernando travelled to Cambodia in 1995 to serve at a Jesuit mission that helped those affected by polio and injured by landmines and other accidents. He was 26 years of age when he was killed in an explosion at the Technical School of the Handicapped (run by Jesuits) in Phnom Penh. The explosion happened as he was trying to calm down...
The calling of St Matthew Caravaggio (detail)
Conversion is a fundamental event in the life of the Christian.  The Gospel of Mark opens with the exhortation of Jesus to conversion: “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel” (Mk 1:15).  The Gospel of Matthew also affirms that “Jesus began to preach and to say: ‘repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand’” (Mt 4:17).In the final analysis, conversion is the message of Jesus at the end of his earthly mission.  The Risen Christ, in...
Felicity Anne Croft, Fr Dominic and Br James at the shrine of John Sullivan SJ
Report by Dominic Robinson SJIt was a wonderful joy and privilege to be at St Francis Xavier, Gardiner St, the Jesuit  church in the centre of Dublin last Saturday to see Fr John Sullivan  SJ, who died in 1933, declared ‘blessed’ by Pope Francis.  I was there representing Farm Street along with Br James Hodkinson SJ of the Mount Street Jesuit Community and Miss Felicity Ann Croft from the Parish.  The term ‘blessed’ means that a man or woman is considered to be truly holy...
Beatification at Gardiner St Church, Dublin
The first ever beatification in Ireland, that of Fr John Sullivan SJ, took place at 11 am on 13 May, 2017 in Gardiner Street Church.  The principal celebrant and homilist was Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and he was assisted by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin. The Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, Michael Jackson, was also present on the sanctuary.The ceremony, attended by almost two thousand people in the church, church...
Young man raises fist along with many people in a square in El Salvador
The celebrations for the Beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero lasted three days, officially, although the people of San Salvador are still celebrating.On Friday 22nd May, I spent a long day preparing the bloodstained shirt which Romero was wearing when he was murdered (see below), and then placed it in the newly made reliquary. This was a lengthy and complicated piece of conservation, as the shirt is fragile and the bloodstains have made the fabric brittle. I made a cushion out of...
Jan Graffius, the Stonyhurst College Curator, has been invited to attend the Beatification Ceremony of Archbishop Oscar Romero, which takes place in El  Salvador’s capital, San Salvador, on Saturday 23 May. The invitation is in recognition of the work she has carried out over the last eight years preserving the relics of Monseñor Romero, in addition to those of the six Jesuit Martyrs and their companions, murdered by Death Squad troops in 1989.In addition to attending...
Blessed Oscar Romero
On Monday 24 March 1980 at 6.26pm, Oscar Arnulfo Romero was shot dead at the altar with a single marksman’s bullet in the middle of a Mass he was celebrating in the chapel of the cancer hospital where he lived.The next day an urgent telegram was received from London: “Supreme sacrifice of Archbishop Romero is climax of his peaceful struggle for poor and oppressed.  Will inspire all to continue his Christian witness.  Grieve with Church of El Salvador on loss of incomparable pastor....
A biography of Pope Paul VI – who is due to be beatified by Pope Francis this weekend – has been reissued by the Catholic Truth Society. Originally published in 2008, it was written by British Jesuit, Fr Anthony Symondson SJ. Pope Francis will beatify Pope Paul VI during the closing Mass of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome on Sunday.Giovanni Battista Montini was born in 1897 in the northern Italian province of Brescia and was ordained to the priesthood in...
Pope Francis has cleared the path for the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero. On the plane back from his visit to South Korea, he described Romero, who was murdered in 1980, as “a man of God" and said that he hoped to be able to declare him ‘blessed’."There are no doctrinal problems,” he told journalists, “and it is very important that [the beatification] is done quickly."Archbishop Romero denounced the right-wing death squads that operated in...