Stephen Power SJ
I have been a Jesuit Brother for 33 years and have never regretted it.
At present I am the British Province Treasurer; a job that entails rather more than doing accounts. Entrusted with best use of the Jesuits’ assets, I have many knots to struggle with, including issues to do with properties, legalities, investments and human resources. This work came after twenty years with Jesuit Refugee Service in projects for displaced people taking me to live in Port Sudan, Nairobi, Addis Ababa and Rome, a rather different outreach to my present one in London!
The documents of Vatican II were very inspirational to me when I joined the Church in 1977. I was intrigued by a priest who worked not just in pastoral ministry but also as someone offering courses in Catholic Social Teaching. He was a Jesuit, who put me in touch with the person in charge of formation. One thing led to another and I joined the Jesuits as a brother in 1980. I was a bit older than my co-novices, having worked as an engineer for several years after study at Imperial College and the London School of Economics.
God calls everyone in their own particular way. However, for us Jesuits there is a common theme with the way of our companions, which our Superior General Fr. Pedro Arrupe, called - a way of service; service as most needed by those around us and at the margins of society; service that helps people to reconcile with God through meeting Jesus, as he is today.