Jesuit

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...
Jesuits are neither monks nor friars but ‘clerks regular’. They take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and live in community. Most are priests but there have always been Jesuit brothers who assist the mission of the Society without ordination. Many Jesuit priests also take a fourth vow, unique to the Society of Jesus, of special obedience to the Pope with regard to missions.Jesuits today continue to be inspired by the vision of their founder, St Ignatius. His plan for the order's way of...
I was born on April 12 1936 in Harrow on the Hill, the second son - the first died when a baby. Both parents, Stanley lrving and Helen Josephine Meredith were good practising Catholics as is their daughter, Judith. I was baptised, confirmed and received my first Holy Communion in Saint George's R.C. church Sudbury. Apart from evacuation during the war my first school was non conformist, Byron Court School, and at the age of 11 I attended the Cardinal Vaughan School, Kensington. There I was...
I was born in Lanarkshire, one of six children; my father was the local NHS GP.  I attended St Aloysius College, serving on Br Ward’s impeccable altar staff and as a technician in Fr Grumitt’s stage crew.  I studied Medieval History and English Language and Literature at the University of St Andrews.  Having been a keen pianist since the age of five, and after some minor efforts on the church organ in my local parish, I sang in three choirs during my student years, including a...
Have you ever met a red-haired Tanzanian? Well, now you have! My father worked for UNESCO as a teacher-trainer. This meant that, as a family, we had the opportunity of living in the most wonderful countries. Having been born in Dar es Salaam I grew up in Fiji in the South Pacific. You can imagine my confusion aged eight on arriving at the Jesuit school of Stonyhurst in deepest, darkest Lancashire. “There must be some mistake. My parents must have lost their senses … beaches, palm trees, the...
I liked serving mass and wanted to escape the army and quarrels over girls ! I thought it would be good to be a Jesuit teacher and be able to play cricket and tennis till I was 50. I had a Jesuit uncle on the missions in Zimbabwe so I guess missions was in the background and in the end I spent a lot of time walking round the Rupununi and Pakaraimas - I hate walking - encouraging basic tribal communities which I enjoyed. Evelyn the Jamaican cook at Stamford Hill says all Jesuits are comedians -...
I was born in 1967 in Lancaster. I grew up in Cumbria in the north-west of England and was educated there in Anglican and Catholic schools before going on to undergraduate studies at St Andrew’s University in Scotland. Growing up in a typical northern Catholic parish and in a Catholic family, I had a positive experience of Church and of priests in whose lives I could see icons of service for the good of others. Considering the possibility of the priestly vocation, I received what in hindsight...
Born on 24 June 1546 at Nether Stowey, Somerset. He studied at St. Mary’s Hall, Oxford, becoming a fellow and tutor at Balliol until 1574. He entered the Society at St. Paul’s, Rome on 3 July 1575 and was ordained priest in 1578. Parsons joined the 1580 mission to England, arriving disguised as a cholera-ridden soldier. During 1580 he visited Northampton, Derby, Worcester and Gloucester. Reunited with Edmund Campion at Uxbridge, the pair set up a clandestine printing press. After...
This is the second reflection, commemorating the two hundredthanniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. A reflectionon the life of Pedro Arrupe.  The St Thomas Music Group sing Mysterium Amoris by Margaret Rizza, froma text by John Main: The meaning of life is the mystery of Love. Just as theroots of trees hold firm in the soil, so it is the roots of love that hold theground of our being together. Pedro Arrupe was born in 1907, and was the first Basque since...
The early mission to EnglandBetween Ignatius's begging mission to England in 1531, and the foundation of a mission in 1580, Jesuit contact with England was sporadic.  The second half of the 16th century was one of religious upheaval in England, since Henry VIII’s break with Rome in 1534. Elizabeth 1 (1558-1603) was determined to build a Protestant state, and, fearing influence or invasion by stronger Catholic European monarchies, effectively banned Catholic worship, and outlawed Catholic...

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