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Fr Paul Martin SJ with Guyanese village people
Fr Damian Howard SJ, the Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, travels to Guyana this week after brief visits to two other South American countries, Brazil and Colombia. He hopes to sustain a long term relationship with the Jesuits in Guyana once they leave the British Province to join a new entity which is the result of a re-structuring of the Jesuit mission to the countries of the Caribbean.It will be his first time visiting Guyana, a former British colony which has been an important part of...
Fr Damian Howard SJ (left) and Fr Dermot Preston SJ
Sometimes life feels like a revolving door, and 31 August 2017 was a day of farewells and welcomes in the Jesuit Curia in London.  At an evening Mass, Jesuits from the London houses prayed in thanksgiving for the outgoing provincial, Fr Dermot Preston SJ.  The new provincial, Fr Damian Howard SJ preached in appreciation of Dermot’s careful stewardship of the province over the last six years. Reflecting on the gospel, Damian said, “Leadership in Christ’s Church is rarely an affair of...
Dermot Preston SJ with St Aloysius College students
Fr Preston SJ spent the first of his two days at the College in the Senior School where he met with pupils and staff and caught up with all that has been going on in the past year.In meetings with the Chairman of the Board of Governors, the Senior School Leadership team and the Christian Formation team, the Provincial heard about how Christian Formation is present in all aspects of life at St Aloysius’ College.Mr Day, The Director of Christian Formation, spoke highly of the visit and of the...
A shepherd stands in a doorway looking at his sheep
In 1940, the renowned writer of detective fiction, Miss Dorothy L. Sayers, was approached by the BBC to produce a series of radio plays about the life of Jesus.Knowing the mores-&-sensitivities about the portrayal of Jesus in any form of drama – at that time there was a theatrical ban on the portrayal of any member of the Trinity on the British stage - she replied that she would only take-on the project, if:She was allowed to introduce Jesus as a normal, speaking character within the plays....
Christmas begins with a priest arriving at the altar of the Lord – only to find that the Lord has other plans, and the biggest day of his priestly life ends in chaos and embarrassment.Poor Zechariah. Luke begins his Gospel with the story of John the Baptist’s father – at that time, still childless – having the once-in-a-lifetime privilege of burning the incense in the inner sanctum of the Jerusalem Temple at the end of the daily services. Much to his surprise, Zechariah encountered the...
The number of Jesuit novices in European novitiates has increased by more than 10% in the past year.  The figure from the Vocations Promoters of Europe was shared at the Assembly of European Jesuit Provincials (pictured) held in Ukraine recently.Last autumn, there were 97 novices in Jesuit novitiates; this year, that figure had gone up to 107. “It is hard to know if this is a temporary rise or if something more lasting is happening,” said the...
The British Jesuit Provincial, Fr Dermot Preston SJ, was the principal concelebrant at a special Mass at Clongowes Wood College near Dublin to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus and the founding of the College. Throughout the period of its Suppression (1773 to 1814), the British Jesuits gave shelter to some of their Irish brethren as well as taking care of their funds. Once the Society was restored in 1814, these funds would be used to purchase Castle Browne (...
St Ignatius at Manresa
For the Feast of St Ignatius 31 July, Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, Dermot Preston reflects on who St Ignatius is to him.It is reported that when a British Jesuit was asked, ‘Father, when you die, will you be afraid to meet Jesus?’, the Jesuit’s prompt response was ‘No… but I’m terrified of meeting St Ignatius!’ I suspect many Jesuits would smile and resonate with that. Yes: on the Day of Judgment, Ignatius will be giving us a harder time than...
The British Provincial, Fr Dermot Preston SJ, has just returned to Britain from a visit to Guyana - a Region of the British Province. Fr Preston was the Regional Superior of Guyana for five years before his appointment as Provincial.While in Guyana last month, he was interviewed by the Catholic TV service, and asked for his reflections on Holy Week and Easter.Watch the interview below.        
Martin D’Arcy was born in Bath in 1888.  Educated at Stonyhurst, he became a Jesuit in 1906.  He joined Pope’s Hall in Oxford  (which later became Campion Hall) in 1912 and enjoyed considerable academic success .  He taught at Jesuit schools before returning to Oxford, becoming Master in 1933. During this period Campion Hall was built on the current Brewer St site.  D’Arcy, unimpressed by the original plans, persuaded Sir Edmund Lutyens to design a...

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