experiments

Ian, Matthew and Paolo
The novices of Britain and Ireland have just returned from their autumn work experience placements, known in Jesuit jargon as “experiments”.Experiments were designed by St Ignatius to test a man’s vocation through the two-year novitiate period. Experiments mirror the various steps taken by St Ignatius after his conversion. For centuries, Jesuit formation has included these same methods as a means to test, stretch, clarify, and confirm the novice’s vocation.Typical novice experiments include...
Cheese and wine gathering after mass
      Finding God in daily lifeI can hardly believe it’s all over after all the careful planning that went into this mission week. However, although ‘Hearts On Fire’ mission week might have come and gone so fast, it will not be easily forgotten, as most of our parishioners have shared with us. We have been truly blessed with all of our visiting J’s, men and ladies, ordained and not, who all helped make this week the success it has been....
The parish group in Falmouth
Perhaps it was because we set out on a journey starting from Flanders that I was prompted to wonder about how a group of 5 Jesuits would have been received in Cornwall to carry out a parish mission a hundred years ago. My father went to a Methodist boarding school there not long after the First World War, and I remember his stories which gave a flavour of the religious sentiments of that time.The parish priest at St Mary Immaculate in Falmouth was keen to reassure us that the local Catholics...
Majority of the group of Jesuits on the apostolic project meeting in Clongowes with Fr General
Jesuits of four provinces in North West Europe – Ireland, Flanders the Netherlands, and Britain – took time off from their current ministries this summer to participate in alternative works – known in Jesuit jargon as ‘experiments’. They used this experience as the basis for reflection on apostolic priorities for the Society of Jesus over the coming decades. It all began with some days of orientation in the conference centre of Sint-Jan Berchmans University College, Heverlee, Belgium. Today...
A South Uist Skyline
‘The Western Isles’ – the very name of the string of islands that runs north to south 70 miles off the coast of mainland Scotland evokes a sense of yearnings met and of journeys’ end. Seeing them from the east at the setting of the sun, you can easily understand how they have accrued a mythic status, evoked for instance in the Grey Havens of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, a last resting place, a place of peace.I am on South Uist, the most northern of the traditionally Catholic islands (26...
Four Jesuits 'mission' in Belfast
Here is a picture of the group of four brothers who have a been missioned this week to Belfast. On the left is Alan, an Irishman. He lives in Belfast and engages in formation and spiritual guidance in the diocese of Belfast. The youngest is Henry. He's a Brit. Before he entered the society he was a lawyer in the City of London, specialising in environmental law. Now he is studying theology. The guy on the right is Tim, catholic chaplain at the universities of Manchester. On Sunday we visited...
The Sanctuary of San Miguel de Aralar
Novice Richard Webster is currently undertaking a pilgrimage between Manresa and Loyola in Spain, following in the steps of some of the early Jesuits.The Rule of Saint Benedict contains some beautiful instructions on how a monastic community should welcome guests: [Let them] be received like Christ, for He will say, “I was as a stranger, and you took me in” (Matthew 25:35). … In the reception of poor men and pilgrims special attention should be shown, because in them is Christ most truly...