vocation

Britto Arockiam SJ has been ordained to the priesthood in Madurai, South India. A former student of Heythrop College and a member of the Jesuit community in Wimbledon, Britto was engaged in pastoral ministry in Guyana – a Region of the British Province – for three years and will be returning there later this year.“My parents named me after the Portuguese Jesuit Saint John de Britto who was martyred in India in 1693,” Fr Britto explains.  “He followed in the footsteps of Saint Francis...
Paul Fletcher, born deaf 54 years ago, after a Master’s degree in Librarianship and a career as a Librarian for ILEA and previously the British Library; joined the Jesuits [British province] in 1988. He was ordained priest 1997 in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.  “I felt there was more to life than just following the treadmill of full-time work and possibly marrying and starting a family. Whilst I had job satisfaction and a social life, something was missing… Exercising my vocation to...
Where did my vocation come from?  Well growing up in a big family, in a comfortable suburb North of Liverpool, I was always interested in the big questions.  I think I viewed religion in a very positive way because of the faith and commitment of my parents.  I remember Dad letting me have a (very small) glass of wine when I was about 11 or 12 and telling me that it was in the Bible - St Paul said to Timothy (my name) have some wine for your stomachs sake!  My two younger...
Jesuits are neither monks nor friars but ‘clerks regular’. They take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and live in community. Most are priests but there have always been Jesuit brothers who assist the mission of the Society without ordination. Many Jesuit priests also take a fourth vow, unique to the Society of Jesus, of special obedience to the Pope with regard to missions.Jesuits today continue to be inspired by the vision of their founder, St Ignatius. His plan for the order's way of...
One common missionThere are both priests and brothers in the Society of Jesus, together friends in the Lord, and all of them ‘participating in Christ’s priestly work of reconciling the world to God’ (General Congregation 34). In other words all Jesuits, whether as priests or as brothers, are seeking to make known through the way they live and what they do God’s immense love for all human beings, so that that love of God can make whole what is broken.Either at the time of...

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