Novitiate

Five novices
Please pray for our five novices as they embark today for their various "experiments", a key stage in their journey towards taking their First Vows.“Experiment” is a term Jesuits use to talk about the various activities (designed by St. Ignatius) that test a man’s vocation throughout the two-year novitiate period. All these experiments mirror the various steps taken by St Ignatius after his conversion. For centuries, Jesuit formation has included these same methods as a means to test, stretch,...
The Crib at St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham. Credit: Peter Jennings
Among those taking part in the televised Midnight Mass on BBC One on Christmas Eve this year will be a Jesuit novice from Manresa House in Birmingham. Christopher Brolly nSJ, a second-year novice in the novitiate, will be reading one of the Bidding Prayers during the Eucharist which will be broadcast live from St Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham with Archbishop Bernard Longley as the Principal Celebrant.This year, St Chad’s has been celebrating its 175th anniversary and considers it to...
Fr Leonard Moloney SJ
The former Headmaster of Clongowes Wood College in Co. Kildare has been appointed as the new Jesuit Provincial in Ireland. Fr Leonard Moloney SJ (61) will replace Fr Tom Layden SJ who has been the Provincial of the Jesuits in Ireland since 2010. Fr Moloney’s appointment was announced by Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ at the 36th General Congregation that is taking place in Rome.Father Moloney served as Headmaster at Clongowes Wood College for almost 11 years. Originally from Limerick, he...
Novices Patrick, Christopher and Vinny take part in Saturday morning’s Rosary
Last weekend, a group of Jesuit novices, led by Fr Simon Bishop SJ, took part in ‘The Release: Light up the Sky’, a retreat weekend for young adults, organised by Youth 2000. Hosted at St Bernard’s Catholic High School, Rotherham, there was a great atmosphere throughout the weekend, not only among the novices from Manresa House in Birmingham but also among the entire 180-or-so young people who attended.The retreat involved periods of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, along...
Some of the 13 novices from Northern Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands and United Kingdom
The Jesuit novices who are normally based at the novitiate in Birmingham visited the Low Countries recently, on a trip that gave them an insight into the scope of the international Society. Novices from Britain, Ireland, Flanders and the Netherlands make up the international community at Manresa House; and since the September to December Study period is the longest period inside the novitiate itself, they embarked upon a trip to (North) Belgium and the Netherlands, to visit a variety of Jesuit...
From the left: Voventes Aurimas Sukys, Richard Webster, Mantas Mileris, Bastiaan van Rooijen
We congratulate the four Jesuit novices took their first vows at St Mary’s Church, Harborne, Birmingham on Saturday.  The novices have spent two years in formation at the Novice House in Birmingham which looks after novices from North West Europe.  Taking vows were two novices from Lithuania - Mantas MilerisSJ and Aurimas Sukys SJ, as well as  Bastiaan van Rooije SJ n from the Netherlands and Richard Webster SJ from the UK.  Mark Logtenberg SJ, also from the...
Clare Greenwood trains in Cumbria for the London Marathon
The London Marathon will take place on Sunday 24 April and there is a distinctive international flavour in this year’s Jesuit Missions team. Runners from Germany, Mexico, the USA and the Philippines will be taking part, among the many people who are so generously donating their time and fund-raising efforts in support of the work of Jesuit Missions. The runners include:Christopher Brolly, 27, a first-year Jesuit novice in the British Province based in Birmingham and a first-time marathon runner...
The Spiritual Exercises: the centrepiece of Ignatian spirituality
The seven first-year novices left Manresa House, the Jesuit novitiate in Birmingham, yesterday for their long retreat. They will be making the Spiritual Exercises, which form the centrepiece of Ignatian spirituality. This is the 30-day version, which is undertaken in silence, as part of a larger group of maybe a dozen other people, but with individual spiritual direction.Manresa House is the novitiate for the Provinces of Ireland, the Netherlands and Flanders, as well as Britain. Three novices...
Exploring models of leadership: the group at Manresa
The first module of an Ignatian Global Leadership Programme has taken place in Manresa, near Barcelona. It brought together 27 people from 21 Provinces - 16 Jesuits, five lay women and six lay men, from disparate backgrounds and cultures as far apart as Kyrgyzstan and Lebanon.This Ignatian Leadership Programme (ILP) for Europe is the brainchild of Fr John Dardis SJ, the president of the Conference of European Provincials. It aims to marry Ignatian leadership with leadership models from the...
The Novice members of the Novitiate Community 2015
Before coming to Birmingham, I had lived on my own for pretty much 8 years, with only a short period of flat-sharing in the few months immediately before. I’m used to single living and, in many respects, I thought I was set in my ways. I’ve been a little fearful of the realities of community life, although also very conscious that it has been part of the appeal of the Jesuit way of living. I like the ideal of us making our way in the world and then coming back to community, at the end of each...

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