Jesuits in Britain

Senior Jesuits from around the world have published an open letter to world leaders including Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel and Ursula von der Leyen urging them to act against climate change.The letter was motivated by the postponement of the United Nation’s 26th Conference of Parties (COP 26) due to COVID-19. The UK government were to host the conference in Glasgow at the beginning of November, this year. Rem, “While COVID-19 remains a clear and present danger to the health and security of...
Readings: Deuteronomy 30:9b-14; John 12:23-26A Jesuit, particularly a Jesuit saint, is a person who prays at the end of the Spiritual Exercises that he may be able to love and serve his Divine Majesty in everything. To help us make this prayer and to savour this truth about our Jesuit vocation, today we have heard texts from the book of Deuteronomy, the concluding book of the Pentateuch and an extract from a gospel little read outside Lent and Easter, namely John, the so-called spiritual gospel...
Two British Province novices, Dunstan Rodrigues and John Bosco Noronha, and a Sri Lankan, Thiranjala Weerasinghe, took their First Vows in Birmingham last Saturday.Jesuit formation, or the training of Jesuits, normally takes between 8 and 17 years, depending on the man's background and previous education, and Final Vows are taken several years after that, making Jesuit formation among the longest of any of the religious orders.  The three men have completed two years in the novitiate,...
Over the past nine days we have travelled on pilgrimage around the country visiting each of our parishes in turn. Today, on his feast, we visit the church dedicated to St Ignatius in Stamford Hill, London. Jesuit Scholastic, Christopher Brolly, had this to say:"Our last day of this Novena is a day for which to be thankful. Spending time in thanksgiving together is not just the perfect way to bring this Novena to a close, it's also the perfect way to celebrate the patron saint of this parish and...
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...
As we approach the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola on 31st July, please join us in praying a novena over these next 9 days from each of our Jesuit parishes in England and Scotland. Today's novena comes from St Wilfrid's Church in Preston. As you can see in today's video, the post-lockdown church is different to the one that closed down in March. The main entrance is closed and you enter and exit by different doors, avoiding the porch area. Younger members of the choir and the bookshop teams...
As we approach the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola on 31st July, please join us in praying a novena over these next 9 days from each of our Jesuit parishes in England and Scotland. Today's novena comes from Sacred Heart Church in Edinburgh. The Jesuits are resident next door to the church and are involved with the chaplaincy to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. The parish celebrates Mass every day of the week as well hosts saying the Rosary every weekday lunch time. In addition, the...
Stonyhurst College
As we approach the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola on 31st July, please join us in praying a novena over these next 9 days from each of our Jesuit parishes in England and Scotland. Today's novena comes from St Peter's & St Joseph's Church in Stonyhurst. Fran is one of the parishioners and the Caritas representative for the parish:"We're asked to be missionary disciples and reach out to the community as a whole... we have supported the Hummingbird Project which has seen us welcome and...
As we approach the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola on 31st July, please join us in praying a novena over these next 9 days from each of our Jesuit parishes in England and Scotland. Today's novena comes from the Church of the Immaculate Conception in London, which is affectionately known as 'Farm Street'. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ is priest in charge:"We're a gathered community from all around London and much further afield and we have a large digital community also through social media and...

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