Jesuit

I first came across the Jesuits in September 1941 in the first form, year 7, at St Ignatius College, the grammar school run by the Jesuits in Stamford Hill, North London. Since then Jesuits have played a critical part in my life.  There was Fr Guy Brinkworth, the then head of St Ignatius, without whose bracing encouragement I would not have joined the Society of Jesus; there was Fr Walter Smith who taught me that there was more than one way of being a Jesuit; there was Fr Paul Kennedy who...
One of five children in a family that moved house every four or five years, I seem from an early age to have been prepared for Jesuit life! I first met a Jesuit at school. He was a gentle man with a great capacity to engage with young children. He taught us prayers to the Sacred Heart but also snooker and bridge. He remembered our birthdays and kept an eye on us when we were unwell.I think the idea of being a priest and a Jesuit was somewhere in my mind from quite a young age and I first spoke...
Became a Jesuit in 1979. Dermot was appointed provincial in 2011.  His previous jobs have included Socius, Regional Superior in Guyana and chaplain in the University of Cape Town.  He lives in the Mount Street community.
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.
Joel Thompson was born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1989. He is the first of identical twins for his parents. He completed his secondary education in Georgetown at St. Joseph High’s and Queen’s College in 2005. He subsequently pursued a degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Guyana and worked as an Engineer for one year before entering the Society of Jesus in 2011. After a two year novitiate in Birmingham, UK he completed a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Theology at Heythrop College,...
I have been working in the field of Ignatian spirituality since 1978, shortly after ordination, in most of the retreat or spirituality centres of the Jesuits in Britain. My final formation year as a Jesuit was spent in an international group in Japan and the Philippines. In that year I was drawn to the shared insights of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and Zen practice. I found it an enriching time which opened my own spiritual horizons in a significant and inclusive way. Since that time I...
A jovial Lancastrian, the eldest of four, I grew up in a village where the parish had a wonderful Benedictine priest. I went to Preston Catholic College, a grammar school then run by the Jesuits.  I loved it there, and was impressed by the quality and variety of the teachers.  Finding  learning languages ancient and modern easy, I ended up studying classics at Oxford. I had long had a great desire to be a priest, with an eye to being able to help others to help themselves. ...
I was born and brought up in Rugby.  My father and my maternal grandfather were both converts to Catholicism.  My mother was largely brought up by her Anglican relatives and I went to the local CofE primary school, so I have a fairly ecumenical background.  However, my secondary schooling was at the local Catholic Secondary Modern School.  Both my parents were heavily involved in Scouting and, while I was only briefly a Cub, the value of service embodied in that movement...
Born in London in 1932, I am now exploring what it is like to be in one’s eighties. I am reasonably mobile, but aware of diminishing energy; still working in the parish (Farm St in London) where I was parish priest and still engaged in spiritual direction.I look back on how my Jesuit vocation developed. I felt called to the priesthood as an Anglican after a retreat at Canterbury in my Lower Sixth Year in a grammar school in Croydon. As a university student reading English at University...
I was born in Scotland, and after spending most of my working life in England, I spent eight years in Edinburgh first as parish priest of the Sacred Heart Church and then at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre.  I am now working as a chaplain at Manchester Universities' Catholic Chaplaincy.There have probably been three distinct elements in my working life.  I did a doctorate in New Testament in Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.  This combined my love for the Scripture with my...

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