Novitiate

Steven and Rene making their vows with Novice Master Brendan Callaghan SJ
Every year on the first Saturday in September, novices from the Inter-Provincial novitiate in Birmingham pronounce simple and perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. On 5th September  René de los Reyes SJ and Steven Edmunds SJ of the British Province made their First Vows at St. Mary’s Church in Harborne, Birmingham.  Both Steven and René are trained nurses.  Steven is an alumnus of St Ignatius College in Enfield.  René, originally from the Philippines, moved to...
The Sanctuary of San Miguel de Aralar
Novice Richard Webster is currently undertaking a pilgrimage between Manresa and Loyola in Spain, following in the steps of some of the early Jesuits.The Rule of Saint Benedict contains some beautiful instructions on how a monastic community should welcome guests: [Let them] be received like Christ, for He will say, “I was as a stranger, and you took me in” (Matthew 25:35). … In the reception of poor men and pilgrims special attention should be shown, because in them is Christ most truly...
Philip Harrison SJ recalls life in the novitiate in Birmingham.Life in the novitiate can be an intense experience bringing together people from very different walks of life and different cultures. All though share the same calling for service and that builds a depth of friendship which is unique. That was also the experience of Ignatius, Pierre Favre and Francis Xavier, the first Jesuits when they met as friends in Paris. Their difference of outlook provided a rich experience of community which...
The Jesuits in Britain warmly congratulate Alistair Dutton on his appointment as the Director of SCIAF, the Scottish overseas aid agency. Alistair entered the humanitarian aid and development sector when undertaking an ‘Experiment’ as a Jesuit novice.A chartered engineer, Alistair studied physics at the University of Durham, and philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford. He spent five years as Humanitarian Director for Caritas Internationalis, and more recently...

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