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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...
Fr Paul Martin SJ with Guyanese village people
Fr Damian Howard SJ, the Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, travels to Guyana this week after brief visits to two other South American countries, Brazil and Colombia. He hopes to sustain a long term relationship with the Jesuits in Guyana once they leave the British Province to join a new entity which is the result of a re-structuring of the Jesuit mission to the countries of the Caribbean.It will be his first time visiting Guyana, a former British colony which has been an important part of...
‘It was as lonely an outpost of religion as you could find anywhere.’ So wrote Evelyn Waugh of the Jesuit mission station of St Ignatius in the central Rupununi region of south-west Guyana.In the winter of 1932-1933 Waugh had travelled to the interior of British Guiana (as it was then known) and Brazil. Waugh ostensibly had the travelling bug – in the foreword to Ninety-Two Days, the travelogue Waugh published in 1934 giving an account of this trip, he admits to ‘a fascination in distant and...
Pope Francis blesses a man in St Peter's square
I wonder if anyone here remembers Philip (“Doc”) Loretz. He was the first Jesuit doctor in the British Province. Up to the age of 55, he was a GP in the South of England – happily married with children and a successful practice. But, when he was 55, very suddenly and tragically, his wife died. Suddenly he was alone – all the children had left home. And he was bereft – like a boat cut from its moorings and tossed without power or steering into the current of life. And somewhere among all the...
Fr Provincial wanted to draw this interesting progrmme to your attention before it drops off iPlayer.  A Guyanese Amerindian swaps lives with a man from south London.http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08vf2hg/sign/the-life-swap-adventure-series-1-3-guyanalondon 
Image of rare books in the Jesuits in Britain Archives
This week's From the Archives post has been guest-written by work experience student, Natasha Wilkinson.Hello! My name is Natasha Wilkinson, I am 16 years old, and for the past week I have been doing work experience with the Archives of the Jesuits in Britain. I wanted to do my work experience here because I am very interested in history and hope to pursue a career that is related to history in some way in the future. To begin with, I was unsure of what to expect from working in the archives,...
Workshop on bilingual schooling for Wapichan children
Paul Martin SJ, Regional Superior of Guyana, reports on a ground–breaking new education initiative for Wapichan mother-tongue children, with its roots in Jesuit accompaniment of the Rupununi communities.‘O Kaimen,’ (O Good), an essential Wapichan refrain, echoed across the Rupununi savannah last week as participants gathered at St. Ignatius Mission near Lethem.There is a great wisdom, that our increasingly individualistic and materialistic world largely ignores, in that famous African proverb “...
Tony Montfort
Today is the 10 year anniversary of former Director of Jesuit Missions, Anthony Edward Montfort who died at the age of 67 on 26th June 2007.Tony was not a Jesuit, however he dedicated over four decades of his life to serving the Society and was often referred to by many people as an “honorary Jesuit”.He was born on 1st September 1940 and was educated by the Jesuits at Donhead and Wimbledon College.He joined the Sacred Heard Jesuit Church and worked with the Club Scouts and with young...
St Aloysius Church, Glasgow. Alpine Stewart/Creative Commons
The Church of St Aloysius in Glasgow is expected to be packed tomorrow for the funeral of Fr Aloysius Church SJ, a native Glaswegian who spent almost 40 years in Guyana. The Jesuits in Guyana are celebrating a Memorial Mass for him today and the Regional Superior in the country, Fr Paul Martin SJ, says that Fr Church was a much loved missionary.“Fr Aloysius was instrumental in facilitating the renewal of the Church here in light of the Second Vatican Council,” he says. “...
Hands holding a light bulb lit up
Sometimes, you only find out what you have when you meet someone who hasn’t got it.When I was working in South America, I had a friend who worked in the electricity company. It’s called ‘Guyana Power and Light’. And he was in charge of what they called the “Rural Electrification Project”. That meant that it was his job to bring power and light to villages which had never had it before. He told me that it was the best job he had ever done.Wherever he went, he...

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