Jesuits

Titus Oates - An exact discovery
An interesting article in The Independent on 7 August 2017 put ‘fake news’ into a deeper historical context.Its author, Linda Kiernan, a lecturer in French history at Trinity College Dublin, focused on the febrile climate of 17th Century Europe. At a time when civil wars and unrest beset Western Europe, in Britain the widely believed ‘fake news’ (known as the Popish Plot) was that the Jesuits were planning to do away with Charles II in favour of his Catholic younger brother, James. With...
Fr Peter Hackett
Fr Peter Hackett celebrated his 60th Diamond Jubilee last Sunday.Members of the community gathered together in festive spirits to mark the ocassion. Fr Peter entered the novitiate in January 1942 when he was 18 and taught during his time in the ministry. After being ordained in 1957, he became the headmaster of Wimbledon College in the 70s and 80s. Fr Peter currently lives in Boscome, Dorset in the Corpus Christi retirement community. His younger brother, Paul Hackett SJ is a priest at...
Pope Francis
Pope Francis visited his brother Jesuits at their General Curia house in Rome, to mark Monday’s feast of St Ignatius.The Jesuit Pope was welcomed by, Fr Arturo Sosa, the Father General of the Jesuits.During the day, Pope Francis posted a tweet to his 35 million followers, honouring St Ignatius of Loyola saying: “Like Saint Ignatius of Loyola, let us be won over by the Lord Jesus and, led by Him, place ourselves at the service of others.”Pope Francis has visited the Jesuits on the feast of St...
Guests at the conference
Jesuits from Sweden, United Kingdom, Ireland, Malta, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria, Netherlands, Poland, Belgium and Slovakia, gathered with others from Asia, the Middle East, and North America at Centro Ad Gentes in the Roman hills for the 24th Conference of the International Society of Jesuit Ecumenists.This informal group of Jesuits working in all sectors of Jesuit ministry gathers ever two years for a week of discussion and sharing information about the work of rebuilding Christian...
St Beuno's are recruiting
St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre is a large residential retreat house with a team offering a full programme of retreats and courses, especially the Spiritual Exercises, individually guided retreats, courses and training. Spirituality Team MemberWe seek a new team member to help deliver our programme of retreats and training starting in Autumn 2017, or as soon thereafter as possible.  The role will involve directing on the Ignatian Individually Guided Retreats, training and duties...
Edgar Allan Poe
Literary scholars still debate exactly whose bells are featured in Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem.Some say it was Grace Church in Manhattan. Others claim another Manhattan site, the Church of the Ascension. Another claim was made by Fordham University in the Bronx, not far from the three-room cottage where the ailing poet lived during his final years. Fordham alumni of a certain age once liked to argue that the university church’s bell, now housed in the archives, was the poem’s inspiration.None...
Drinking chocolate
7th July is World Chocolate Day, apparently being the anniversary of the first introduction of chocolate from South America to Europe by the Spanish in the sixteenth century.The Jesuits crop up in history books in unexpected places but we were slightly surprised to find a mention in the Daily Express’s Top Ten facts about Chocolate, published today.  It claims:In the 16th century, a fierce dispute broke out between Jesuits and Dominicans over whether drinking chocolate was permitted during...
Ruth Morris, Emma Holland, Jane Hellings, Myles O'Reilly SJ, Matthew Power SJ
Four of our British province team were represented at a meeting in Malta this week convened by the Jesuit Conference of European Provincials (CEP) to consider and plan co-operation between vocations promoters and province communications offices in Europe.  Vocations Director Fr Matthew Power SJ was joined by thirteen vocations directors from around Europe including Fr Myles O’Reilly SJ of the Irish Province.The British Province communications team attending were Jane Hellings, Director of...
Church of St James the Less and St Helen Colchester
Which Essex town boasts a church that shares an architect with London’s best-known Jesuit church; a familial link with one of the first and most famous English Jesuits; and the origins of a ship that transported Jesuits imprisoned under the Elizabethan regime to freedom? If it surprises you to learn that the answer is Colchester, then a new ‘Tour of Catholic Colchester’ will reveal all, and tell you much more about the town’s religious history.The Colchester Catholic Heritage Group, the shrine...
  This September marks the 150th anniversary of St Aloysius' College at Garnethill, Glasgow. The Society of Jesus was first approached with the idea of running a parish and establishing a school for the education of boys in Glasgow in 1859. In that same year, they took over the running of the parish of St Joseph in North Woodside Road and were also offered a house on Charlotte Street in the Bridgetown area of the city which would serve as the intended school. However in the...

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