Jesuits in Britain

Jesuits in Britain on the BBCIn Barmouth, Michael Portillo encounters a different group of holidaymakers also drawn to the Welsh coast. Trainee Jesuits, members of the largest male order of the Roman Catholic Church, flocked to Barmouth during the interwar years to take a break from their strict regime of studies. Michael meets two present-day scholastics.It was the custom that each year the Philosophers and Theologians went for two weeks on holiday to Barmouth, otherwise known as ‘Barmouth...
Tesco has committed today to increase its sales of healthier food and drink products across all its group retail business.Tesco’s commitments follow months of engagement between the company and a coalition of seven institutional investors led by ShareAction, who in February filed a shareholder proposal calling on the UK’s biggest supermarket to reduce its exposure to less healthy food and drink products.Stephen Power, British Province Treasurer, Jesuits in Britain, said:“The...
MAY’S INTENTION from POPE FRANCIS – THE WORLD of FINANCEThe Monthly Intentions of the Holy Father, offered to the people of God through the channel of his Prayer Network, name realities about our world that need prayerful reflection. These are challenges that face humanity and the church’s mission.We pray about these concerns, not to make them go away, but to open our own hearts to them, then in this way learning what we are called to do about them. These matters are not always easy – such this...
By Father Tom Shufflebotham S.J.In my last year of Jesuit training, I was sent – whether as a reward or a punishment – to give a retreat in a girls' boarding-school.  As I arrived, I noticed groups of girls in twos and threes taking flowers to the cemetery. It turned out that there had been a young woman teacher called Jan McGregor who was very popular with the girls and much admired by them. She was aged 24.  Just a few days before I arrived, she had died suddenly. The girls were...
Striking Gold at Farm Street’s Lunch ServiceAs I wheeled my suitcase through an empty Underground carriage and an eerily deserted Berkeley Square, I wondered what someone would make of the contents of my bag: – a box of Untranslatable Words, a map of Middle Earth, a couple of tiaras, a jewelled slipper and a copy of St John of the Cross. The more obvious clues would be in the next layer down: Kate Clanchy’s “How to Grow Your Own Poem”, some brightly coloured notebooks and a clutch of my own...
From vainglorious to the greater glory of God Restless, moving ever-onward, unsatisfied with the quality of his relationship with the Lord, always convinced that the divine love could be answered by a more expansive fidelity on his part. This is the story of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.In his new film, Bishop Robert Barron looks at the Basque nobleman who wanted to be a dashing courtier, a courageous and celebrated soldier, and an adviser to royalty, but who,...
FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTSApril, this year, is Resurrection Month. Everywhere, all the brothers and sisters of the human family, whether explicitly or not, are longing for new life, desperate for the deadly pandemic to end, for the fullness of life to free us from the terror of illness and death that has hung over us for over a year. We’ve seen so much selfless fraternity but we’ve also seen discord, violence and the spread of a harsh politics of hostility, even hate. It’s timely, then, that Pope...
Jesuits continue with their ethical divestment campaignFollowing the filing of a climate change resolution by fifteen of its institutional investors – including the Jesuits in Britain, HSBC’s board have tabled their own resolution that commits the company to phase out financing of coal-fired power and thermal coal mining by 2030 in the EU and OECD and by 2040 elsewhere.It follows months of negotiations between HSBC and the $2.4 trillion coalition of investors led co-ordinated by...
ShareAction says Tesco’s announcement of plans to sell more healthy food is an important and welcome step.Responding to a shareholder resolution filed by a coalition of institutional and retail investors, including Jesuits in Britain, Tesco has today set a target to increase the proportion of sales from healthier products to 65% by 2025. The supermarket giant commits to publish a strategy to achieve this goal and to report on its progress annually, as requested by the shareholder...
The Pope's biographer gives his take on the social justice teaching of Pope Francis“I often find myself drawn to a thing that Francis does or says which might seem a little bit perplexing or counter-cultural or startling. I often find myself thinking, well why is he reacting in that way, and in investigating that, in looking into that, I find myself often realising that he of course is modelling himself on Jesus.”Austen Ivereigh is a UK-based Roman Catholic journalist, author, commentator, and...

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