2014 Calendar

January

Fr Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ

Fr Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) was a French philosopher, palaeontologist and geologist, who worked extensively in Africa and Asia and was part of the scientific investigation that discovered ‘Peking Man’ in China.

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February

Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ

Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ

Pedro Arrupe (1907-1991) was the first Basque since St Ignatius to be superior General of the Jesuits. He trained as a doctor before entering the Society and became a member of the Japanese Province.

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March

Fr Pierre Jean de Smet SJ

Fr Pierre Jean de Smet SJ

Pierre Jean de Smet (1801-1873) was born in Belgium, but as a young man he travelled to Baltimore in north America and entered the newly-restored Society of Jesus in 1821. He asked to be allowed to work with the native people of the New World and to meet and work with native communities.

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April

Br Vicente Cañas SJ

Br Vicente Cañas SJ

Vicente Cañas (1939-1987) was a Spanish Jesuit Brother from the Aragon Province who went to Brazil in 1966 and became a champion of the rights of indigenous peoples. He made what is believed to be the first peaceful contact with the Enawene Nawe people of the Mato Grosso, and lived among them for more than ten years.

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May

Cardinal Augustin Bea SJ

Cardinal Augustin Bea SJ

Augustin Bea (1881-1968) was a German Jesuit who through his in-depth reflection on scripture became a pioneer of the ecumenical movement in the Catholic Church and of dialogue with the Jews. He joined the German Jesuit Province in 1902 and became provincial in 1921 after which he was sent to Rome to teach scripture.

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June

Fr Anthony de Mello SJ

Fr Anthony de Mello SJ

Anthony de Mello (1931-1987) was an Indian Jesuit from Bombay, who has had a major influence on Christian spirituality across the globe. He developed an engaging story-telling technique called ‘Sadhana’ that has enhanced the use of imagination and contemplation in popular ways of praying.

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July

Fr Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ

Fr Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) was an English poet and convert from Anglicanism. He developed a love of the arts as a young boy, and continued to write and paint all of his life. When he chose to become a Catholic and then enter the Jesuits he destroyed most of his early poetic works, and for his early years as a Jesuit he stopped writing.

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August

St Alberto Hurtado SJ

St Alberto Hurtado SJ

Alberto Hurtado (1901-1952) was a Chilean Jesuit, lawyer and social worker, who in 1944 became the founder of the influential ‘Hogar de Cristo’, which aimed to provide homes and shelter to assist poor and abandoned young people in Chile. He was dedicated to making Catholic Social Teaching more widely known and understood.

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September

Cardinal Henri de Lubac SJ

Cardinal Henri de Lubac SJ

Henri de Lubac (1896-1991) was arguably one of the greatest theologians of the 20th century. Like his friend and fellow-French Jesuit, Teilhard de Chardin (see January), it was his study of the past that made him a revolutionary scholar.

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October

Blessed Miguel Pro SJ

Blessed Miguel Pro SJ

Miguel Pro (1891-1927) was a Mexican Jesuit, arrested and executed for the crime of being a priest at a time which was described by the English author, Graham Greene, as the “fiercest persecution of religion anywhere since the reign of Elizabeth”.

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November

Blessed Rupert Mayer SJ

Blessed Rupert Mayer SJ

Rupert Mayer (1876-1945) was a German Jesuit who became known as ‘The Apostle of Munich’. In the First World War, he was an Army Chaplain working courageously in the trenches from where he used to crawl out into no-man’s-land moving among the wounded administering the sacraments; “My life is in God’s hands,” he used to say.

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December

Fr Walter Ciszek SJ

Fr Walter Ciszek SJ

Walter Ciszek (1904-1984) was a member of the New York Province who was trained as part of a group of Jesuit priests preparing for the re-evangelisation of the Soviet Union in the late 1930’s.

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