First Vows

Gift of love Credit Nick Fewings
The Homily of Fr Damian Howard SJ for Luke Taylor’s Vows Mass on 21st December 2018, Feast of St Peter Canisius.      With Christmas so close, I assume that we have all been busy buying presents for friends and family. Which is either a great pleasure or, if you are like me, a trial like no other. I remember when I was young an elderly uncle who used to come and stay at Christmas and who would always buy me an Airfix model of a ship or an aeroplane. And I dreaded...
Luke Taylor SJ, completing his vows
On the Feast of St. Peter Canisius SJ, Friday 21st December, Luke Taylor SJ made his first vows in the Society of Jesus at Manresa House in Birmingham. It was an occasion both simple and dramatic, profound yet understated, intense but also relaxed and cheerful, marking an important moment in the relationship between Luke and the Lord through his commitment to a life of poverty, chastity and obedience in the Society of Jesus.Fr. Provincial Damian Howard SJ celebrated the Mass while Fr. Simon...
Jacques St Laurent vows
The last few days have been joyful ones for the Society of Jesus in north west Europe as two new Jesuits made their First Vows.  Thomas Klein SJ and Jacques St Laurent SJ both joined the north west European Jesuit novitiate at Manresa House in Birmingham in September 2015. Yesterday Fr Damian Howard SJ, Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, received Jacques’ first vows in the chapel at Manresa House, where he himself had made his first vows nearly 26 years ago.  Concelebrating...
Fr Damian Howard SJ
Homily given by Fr Damian Howard SJ on the occasion of the First Vows of Jacques St Laurent SJ, 27th February 2018.When we asked Jacques to choose some scripture texts for today’s Mass, he took the plain old readings of the second week of Lent. He knew instinctively that we don’t put words into God’s mouth; the Word of God is to be submitted to.As it happens, this Lenten Gospel shines a piercing light on the commitment we have gathered to hear Jacques make. There is a delightful sign in it...
Stephen Noon SJ kneels as he professes his first vows
It was 'vow day' last Saturday,  after two years as novices, a time of testing to see if God has called them to join the Society of Jesus, three men were invited by their provincials to take simple and perpetual public vows.  One of them, Stephen Noon entered the novitiate from the cut and thrust of Scottish politics. A member of the SNP, Stephen worked as an assistant to Alex Salmond and an architect of the 'Yes' campaign in the Scottish referendum.Reflecting on the last two years as...
those more than 50 years in the Society
7th September was historically the date Jesuits would take their first vows.  Nowadays the occasion takes place on the first Saturday of September, just ahead of the beginning of the new term so the new Jesuit students can travel to their appointed universities for the first stage of their formation.But today we celebrate the jubilees of seven Jesuits of and in the British province who took their first vows on this day.Fr Michael Bossy (Stamford Hill community) and Fr Frank Hull (Preston...
Damian Howard SJ preaches at the first vows September 2017
This is a great day for the British and Irish Jesuits as we receive the vows of three young men who have decided that they are ready to commit themselves to sharing our life and our mission.These days, a decision like that it is no trivial matter. Behind the simple words of commitment that they are soon to pronounce lies much seeking and questioning and even a little struggling as they have tried to make sense of the invitation they have heard deep in their hearts to take a chance on God.So in...
Novices make their First Vows
Dear ‘voventes’, family, friends, companions,Vowday. After two years of probation we are here together at this important encounter with the Lord. The ‘voventes’ are making us witnesses of their intimate secret which they bear in their hearts: the knowledge that the Lord touched each of them in a very special way and that He has been transforming them ever since.Their selection of three texts from Holy Scripture today is a testimony of their private and intimate...
Steven and Rene making their vows with Novice Master Brendan Callaghan SJ
Every year on the first Saturday in September, novices from the Inter-Provincial novitiate in Birmingham pronounce simple and perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. On 5th September  René de los Reyes SJ and Steven Edmunds SJ of the British Province made their First Vows at St. Mary’s Church in Harborne, Birmingham.  Both Steven and René are trained nurses.  Steven is an alumnus of St Ignatius College in Enfield.  René, originally from the Philippines, moved to...