Guyana

This year marks the 110th anniversary of the beginning of the Rupununi Mission in what was then British Guiana by Fr Cuthbert Cary-Elwes SJ. In January 1969, in the Diamond Jubilee year of the foundation of the Mission, political events lead to unrest that would affect the English Jesuits that were still living and working there. Using sources in the Jesuits in Britain Archives, we take a look at the events of 50 and 110 years ago.The story of the Jesuits in Guyana began in 1857 when Fr James...
Fr Xavier Jeyaraj SJ
Jesuit Missions is delighted to welcome Fr Xavier Jeyaraj SJ, President for Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) in Rome, to the UK at the end of February to speak at various Jesuit schools and parishes.Fr Xavier, originally from the Calcutta Province, India, has spent much of his life dedicated to working for the poor. He led Udayani Social Action Forum, a social centre in Calcutta before also working as secretary of social action in the South Asian Conference and completing a PhD in...
Guyana is a place where poverty often means a lack of opportunities for young people. The desperate lack of jobs has led to two thirds of all university graduates leaving the country.The Guyana Human Development Centre provides a chance for young people to learn new skills after leaving school improving their chances to find work.Jesuit Missions is working across the world empowering people to achieve their full potential. You can be a part of this work by supporting them this Christmas!Among...
St Ignatius, Lethem (Photo: James Conway SJ)
This week, the Jesuit parish of St Ignatius, Lethem, in the interior of Guyana, is hosting part of the consultation process ahead of next year’s meeting of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region. Joel Thompson SJ outlines the context in which the synod will take place and reflects on Pope Francis’ objectives for the meeting. ‘As an invitation to discern the “signs of the times”, it comes at a critical moment.’ On 15 October 2017, Pope Francis announced his intention to convene a...
From today the Jesuit Region of Guyana will include the Jesuit community of Kingston, Jamaica, which will thus become part of the British Province of the Society of Jesus, in an interim arrangement which will lead ultimately to the creation of a new Caribbean Province.  Up until now the Jesuits in Jamaica have been members of the North-East United States Province. Guyana remains for the time being a dependent region of the British Province.In August Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ named Fr...
Nursery children in the north Rupununi district of Guyama
Jesuit Missions Communications Officer Stephanie Beech is on her way to Guyana to visit partners and projects supported by JM. This includes the Bilingual Education Programme, launched earlier this month, which allows indigenous languages to be taught alongside English in primary schools within the Amerindian communities.This is an important time of change for Guyana as it prepares to leave the British province and join Jamaica as part of the journey to becoming part of the Caribbean province,...
Fr Christopher G. Llanos SJ
Fr General has named Fr Christopher G. Llanos SJ of the Canadian Province as the new Regional Superior of Guyana, a territory which will expand on 1st October to include the Jesuit community of Kingston, Jamaica of which Fr Llanos is currently Superior.Fr Chris was born in Trinidad in 1960 and was raised there until his family migrated to Canada in the 1970s. At university he majored in Psychology. He joined the Canadian Jesuits in August 1986, though the two years of novitiate were his longest...
Charles Waterton’s natural history specimens. Copyright: Stonyhurst College Collections
Last week’s edition of The Universe contains an article by Fr Damian Howard SJ, Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, about a collection of preserved animals brought together by Charles Waterton, an alumnus of Stonyhurst College.In the first half of the 19th century, Waterton made several trips to British Guiana (now Guyana), building an impressive collection of specimens, many of which can still be seen in the recently renovated museum of the College.On his return to Britain from his last...
Nursery children
The Ministry of Education in Guyana last week gave its approval for a new programme of bilingual education to be piloted in three nursery schools, beginning in September. For International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Theodora Hawksley describes how the resource team developed the Quality Bilingual Education Programme for Wapichan Children, and explains the significance of indigenous Amerindian children being taught in their own language for the first time. It was late when we...
In Central Rupununi the mission station of St Ignatius continues to flourish. Here Fr Joaquim De Mello and Fr Kuruvila are developing a ministry to the Macushi communities and to the rapidly expanding settlement of Lethem. Fr Kuruvila has special responsibility for investigating ways in which the Church can make a renewed contribute to the education of the region and has been involved in an extensive programme of visits. Jesuit Scholastics and lay missionary volunteers from Jesuit Missions have...

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