Fr Damian Howard SJ

St Ignatius of Loyola is a saint of many roles. Some like to remember him as an ex-military man. But he was also in his time variously a tongue-tied mystic, an ascetical pilgrim, a mature student, a man of affairs and a meticulous administrator. And Rubens made sure that no one before or since has ever looked as good in a chasuble as Ignatius did. For me, in the strange and turbulent time we are now living through, a particular angle is emerging which speaks to contemporary concerns. He is...
In the last of the Lockdowns from Lauriston talks, Fr Damian Howard SJ looks back on some of the key learning from the series and ahead to the challenges and opportunities for the Church in the ‘new normal’. As the Ignatian month of July invites us to celebrate the life and legacy of the founder of the Society of Jesus, it is important to remember that along with the tragedies, good things have also come out of the lockdown. Watch the talk here:  Video of The Church After Lockdown | Fr...
The Jesuit Conference of European Provincials has re-echoed Pope Francis’s call for the European Union to overcome its internal rivalries and to see itself once again as single supportive family.In a statement issued on the 75th anniversary of VE Day, more than 20 Jesuit Provincials from Europe and the Middle East said the EU needed to respond to the current pandemic with a new approach to globalisation that would show greater solidarity with poorer countries around the world and with refugees...
In a few minutes, Fr Dushan Croos will take the final step towards full incorporation into the Society of Jesus After a quarter of a century’s preparation, we can be confident that he has thought things through. That includes the choice of making his final profession on this date. Maybe it was the chance to throw a party in Lent that swung it for him. But I don’t think so. It was really because Joseph, the carpenter of Nazareth, spouse of Our Lady, Patron of our Society, speaks to him...