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BBC Radio 3’s Composer of the Week - Mary Lou Williams - has a fascinating connection to the Society of Jesus. Mary Lou Williams was so talented she wrote and arranged music for Duke Ellington and was friend, mentor and teacher to the likes of Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1952, Williams turned down an invitation from Louis Armstrong to join his ‘All Stars’ on tour and instead went to Europe. The trip was meant to last one week but Williams ended up staying for two years.While in...
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How many times have we heard the words “discernment in common”, “ignatian leadership”, or “apostolic planning” and wondered what they truly mean? Now the answer is at the tip of our fingers. The General Curia of the Society of Jesus with the support of the Jesuit Conference of European Provincials (JCEP) and many other institutions have been developing content in these areas and making them accessible to all the ignatian family.All the information can be found in the website: Essential Ignatian...
Homily of Fr Damian Howard SJ, given at Farm St Church on the Feast of St Ignatius 2019.There’s a set of seventeenth century portraits hanging along a corridor of the Jesuit residence in Oxford; as I walk past them I notice there’s always a little thrill in my heart. They depict a group of thoroughly European Jesuits. But their clothes and facial hair are those of Chinese mandarins. They have gone very native. And the forbidding look on their faces seem to say, “No need to worry; we know...
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At the mass for the feast of St Aloysius Gonzaga SJ, Fr Kensy Joseph SJ explained to the students of St Aloysius College, Glasgow, how success in the eyes of God is not about awards, rather about the person we are called to be.At the start of the year, when we had the Ascensio Scholarum mass, I compared our school to that of one of my favourite fictional schools (not Hogwarts!) I said that our motto, Ad majora natus sum (I am born for greater things) reminded me of the school motto of UA High...
Students on their way to ask their MPs to take action on climate change
Thousands of people are gathering in Westminster today, 26 June, to lobby MPs with a simple and clear request for practical action to combat climate change. Jesuit Missions called students, parishioners and other supporters to join them at this mass lobby and share their concerns about climate change with leaders who can make a difference. Among those who answered this call were representatives from Wimbledon College, the Ursuline High School in Wimbledon and St Benedict’s in Ealing. Groups of...
The annual meeting of the network of communicators and webmasters of the Society of Jesus in Europe, JesWebCom, took place in Madrid from 14 to 17 May. More than thirty people from some twenty countries - mostly from Europe, but with representatives also coming from CPAL, the African Conference, and Australia - met at a retreat centre in Martinez Campos, La Casa de ejercicios espirituales Rafaela Maria. There, they dealt with three fundamental issues.The first day was led by John Dardis SJ,...
The Province Conference held on 23-25 April at Stonyhurst College offered the traditional opportunity for the Jesuits to celebrate important milestones in the service of their members.As there was no province conference last year, the 2019 meeting was a double celebration: remembering a thousand years of life in the Society and over five hundred in the priesthood. The Jubilarians’ service was celebrated at mass in the boy’s chapel at Stonyhurst College by the Jesuit Provincial Fr Damian Howard...
Cyclone Idai’s death toll has now reached more than 750 across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, the three Southern African countries to be hit by the storm ten days ago. Over 110, 000 people are now in camps and the lack of safe drinking water is causing outbreaks of cholera.Jesuit Missions has launched an emergency appeal and is working with the local Jesuits across the region. Beira, a port city on the coast of Mozambique was the first place to be hit by Cyclone Idai and felt its full force....
As servants of Christ's mission in Latin America and the Caribbean, from March 4-6, 51 lay people and priests, including 19 Jesuits, from various professional and academic sectors gathered to discuss political solutions to the crisis in Venezuela.They were convened by the Conference of Jesuit Provincials of Latin America and the Caribbean (CPAL) and received support from the Antonio Ruiz de Montoya University in Lima and the Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas. The main task of the...
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The Jesuits in Britain's online prayer ministry, Pray As You Go, collaborated with the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation for a special resource to be presented at the 2019 Flame Congress. The event, which took place on Saturday 2 March at Wembley Arena, is the biggest Catholic youth gathering in England and Wales.This year, over 8,000 participants arrived from all over the country, and some even from overseas. The theme for the day was ‘Significance’, defined as “worthy of attention,” “with...

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