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I am Gemma Simmonds, a sister of the Congregation of Jesus, founded by Mary Ward in 1609 to live religious life on the Jesuit model.  We were called ‘Jesuitesses’ at the time, and it wasn’t meant as a compliment, but that’s another story (which I tell in more detail in a chapter on ‘Women Jesuits?’ in Thomas Worcester, ed., The Cambridge Companion to the Jesuits).  I’m a senior lecturer in pastoral theology at Heythrop College in the...
With GYORGY PAUK’S StudentsAn evening chamber music night will take place in the Maria Assumpta Chapel,  23 Kensington Square, London W8 5HN on Thursday 1 May at 7pm.  The concert will be a real highlight in the series and is billed as a musical celebration for Heythrop’s 400th anniversary. This special performing class features top graduate and postgraduate students of the world-renowned Hungarian violinist and Royal Academy of Music Professor of Violin, Gyorgy Pauk....
A Conference on Healing and ReconciliationThis conference addresses the theology of the New Evangelisation fostered by Pope Francis. It invites parish communities and individual Catholics in a variety of pastoral situations to think afresh about their ministries of healing and reconciliation to those who are marginalised or who have disassociated from the Church. This healing ministry touches many different groups including those who feel distanced from the Church or hurt by the Church; those...
The Annual Justice and Peace Conference this July will bring together several persuasive Catholics to address the topic: Called to Life in All Its Fullness: accepting the responsibility of our baptism. The aim of the conference will be to empower lay people to accept the responsibility of baptism; to provide an opportunity to bring life experiences and relate them to their baptismal call; and to be a celebration of life and a renewal of vision. Speakers will include the Senior Lecturer in...
I’m Brendan Callaghan, currently Superior of the Manchester Jesuit community which looks after the Manchester Universities' Catholic chaplaincy.  Before that I was Novice Master for “the Four Provinces” (Britain, Ireland, Flanders, and the Netherlands) from 2014-2017. From 1980 to 2013 I was working at Heythrop College and Campion Hall, the two University Colleges run by the Jesuits in the Universities of London and Oxford respectively, teaching psychology of religion and holding...
At 24, I’m one of the youngest members of the province. Whenever I meet people and begin to explain that I’m from Guyana, there is always a brief pause as they try to remember its geographical location. It’s the only English speaking country in South America and is one of the two regions attached to the British Province. I spent most of my life in Guyana until I entered the novitiate in 2011 in Birmingham.I completed the novitiate and took vows in 2013. I’ve since...
I was born and brought up in Rugby.  My father and my maternal grandfather were both converts to Catholicism.  My mother was largely brought up by her Anglican relatives and I went to the local CofE primary school, so I have a fairly ecumenical background.  However, my secondary schooling was at the local Catholic Secondary Modern School.  Both my parents were heavily involved in Scouting and, while I was only briefly a Cub, the value of service embodied in that movement...
As we approach the first anniversary of the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the Catholic Church’s first Jesuit Pope, Heythrop College has organised a conference to consider what difference Pope Francis has made in the past 12 months and what has influenced his pontificate so far. When Cardinal Bergoglio was elected Pope on 13 March 2013, he chose the name Francis in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi. But to what extent has Pope Francis been influenced by St Francis and by the founder of...
I joined the Jesuits in 1974 and looking back I can say I would not have wanted to live my life in any other way.I was born and brought up in Wimbledon, in a large and lively Jesuit parish, and attended the Jesuit school, Wimbledon College. It was while in the sixth form that I decided to join the Society of Jesus. It was a trip to Lourdes which changed me. To be truthful, I disliked the place at first: there seemed to be so much commercialism. But then I met this woman on a stretcher at...

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