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Pope Francis’s visit to South America started with a meeting with the hierarchy of Ecuador, in Bicentennial Park in Quito. After he had been greeted by the President of the Ecuadorian Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Fausto Gabriel Travez OFM, the Pope spoke with the bishops before presiding at Mass with a congregation of more 1.5 million people and 1,200 priests.In his homily, the Pope spoke about liberation: liberation from social inequality and sin, the need for inclusion at all levels and...
A Jesuit priest of the Guyana Region has recently returned from a fact-finding visit to Brazil, where he was able to explore educational opportunities for indigenous Guyanese. Fr Ronnie Fernandes SJ was accompanied by the Executive Coordinator of Fe y Alegria in Paraíba (eastern Brazil), Fr Sérgio José SJ, when he visited Tocantins, a state in central Brazil. They were exploring ways in which the Jesuits in Guyana can begin Fe y Alegria projects which will strengthen their contribution to...
Andrew Johnson, the Headmaster of Stonyhurst College for the past nine years, has been appointed as Headmaster of St Benedict's School in Ealing, West London. He will succeed Chris Cleugh who is retiring after nearly 15 years from 1 September 2016.Pat Murphy-O’Connor, the Chairman of the Governing Board at St Benedict’s, described the appointment of Mr Johnson as “a major coup for St Benedict's”.  He said the school was very excited to have Mr Johnson join them and looked forward to him...
Peter Canisius
27 April is the Feast of Saint Peter Canisius. In 1897, Pope Leo XIII issued an encyclical to mark the 300th anniversary of Canisius’s death, in which he referred to the Jesuit as, ‘after Boniface…the second apostle of Germany’[i]. What did he do to earn such a title? Peter Canisius was born in the Netherlands in 1521. Like many characters of his time, he defied his parents’ wishes in order to study theology, and he was initially strongly influenced in that...
Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society
The late Robin Williams’ character in Dead Poets Society is often hailed as a paradigm of an inspirational teacher. But his words to his students – ‘Carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary’ – are further away from the Gospel than we sometimes think, says Damian Howard SJ. He offers a more nuanced model of what it means to form ‘men and women for others’, as Jesuit educators aspire to do. How does the Ignatian spirit enrich the life...
Became a Jesuit in 1978. Adrian has been headmaster of St Aloysius College in Glasgow and Wimbledon College.  He was a province consultor for seven years and is currently a trustee.  He is the provincial’s delegate for primary and secondary education and is director of the Jesuit Institute.
I joined the Jesuits in 1974 and looking back I can say I would not have wanted to live my life in any other way.I was born and brought up in Wimbledon, in a large and lively Jesuit parish, and attended the Jesuit school, Wimbledon College. It was while in the sixth form that I decided to join the Society of Jesus. It was a trip to Lourdes which changed me. To be truthful, I disliked the place at first: there seemed to be so much commercialism. But then I met this woman on a stretcher at...

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