Dermot Preston SJ

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Between the sixteenth and the twentieth centuries the Society of Jesus, like many other Catholic missionary orders, utilised the routes established by explorers, traders and imperial administrators as they moved across the globe. One result was that Jesuit provinces in Europe (and later in North America and Australia) tended to be given responsibility from Rome for providing manpower and resources for particular ’missions’ where access was made possible because of political fault-lines across...
Robert Emms as John Gerard SJ and Peter Mullan as Henry Garnet SJ, BBC iPlayer
By the time she died in 1603, Queen Elizabeth’s succession had been planned carefully by Robert Cecil and the Queen’s Council.  As Elizabeth had no heir and many remembered the years of confusion over the succession after the death of Henry VIII, Cecil was convinced that stability was best achieved by paving the way for King James VI of Scotland, a great-grandson of Henry’s sister Margaret, to succeed to the English throne. On Cecil’s secret advice, James VI cultivated the elderly...
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...
This will begin with a 5.30pm Mass in the house chapel of 114 Mount Street, followed by a drink, and then a buffet supper at 7.00pm. Jesuit communities in London have already been invited to attend, but if any other Jesuit happens to be in London that evening and would like to join us, please let the Socius know at socius@gbsj.org.
Bernard Hall SJ shares memories at Leo Arnold's funeral mass
Fr Provincial Dermot Preston SJ has just returned from the funeral of Leo Arnold SJ.  In the last year Leo had been living in the Peter Canisius retirement community close to the Jesuit Curia, but for much of his apostolic life he had been based at the Biblicum in Rome. Leo was an Arabic scholar and in the early 60’s was assigned to Beirut; but in the mid-70s, with the onset of the civil war in Lebanon, he was re-missioned to Rome. Leo was a frequent summer visitor back to the UK doing...
Fr Damian Howard SJ
Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, the General Superior of the Society of Jesus has appointed Fr DAMIAN HOWARD SJ as the next Provincial Superior of the Jesuit British Province. Fr Howard will take up this post on 1st September this year. He replaces Fr Dermot Preston SJ, who has been Provincial Superior since 2011.Fr Howard was born in Redhill, Surrey, in 1967, and was educated at Trinity School in Croydon. He went on to read music and divinity at Trinity College, Cambridge, and then joined the Jesuit...
Fr Michael Garanzini SJ addresses the province meeting
The Jesuits in Britain held their annual Province Meeting this week.  The meeting of all Jesuits in the British Province got underway on Tuesday evening at the Christian Conference Trust centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire.150 delegates include Jesuits of the British province and Jesuit observers from the provinces of the North West  European  Assistancy, and speakers from the United States and Rome.Twenty two lay co-workers also attended including, for the first time, several head...
Fr Provincial (far right) with the four Head Masters and the Chair of Governors
The British Jesuit Provincial has blessed and dedicated the new Sports Facility on St Aloysius College’s Garnethill campus in Glasgow, following its officially opening by Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Gregor Townsend and Scottish Hockey Internationalist Susan McGilveray. The three-storey building will transform the health and fitness of the College’s pupils, diversify the number of sports it can provide, improve extra-curricular activities and offer year-round weather cover. It will also reduce...
Westminster Cathedral: packed for Wimbledon College's celebration, Credit: Peter Michael, Wimbledon College
On Wednesday (18 January), Wimbledon College celebrated its 125th Anniversary. In his Constitutions, St Ignatius instructed all Jesuit schools to hold a Mass annually in gratitude to the founders of the school; and the College wanted to mark this significant anniversary by gathering the whole school community together for their Founders' Day Mass."The only way that we could do this was to hold it at Westminster Cathedral," explains the school's Chaplain, James Potter...
The documents resulting from GC36 have now been published
The documents from the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus (GC36) have been published. They will be issued by the Jesuits in Britain as part of a book within the next few weeks and will help to formulate the Province’s planning and priorities for the years ahead.GC36 took place in Rome between 3 October and 12 November last year. It brought together more than 200 Jesuits from around the world to elect their Superior General and to address the priorities for Jesuit life and...

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