James Conway SJ

Fr James Conway has recently returned to the UK from Guyana where he spent five years working in the remote interior with indigenous peoples. For much of his time he was based at St Ignatius parish in Lethem near the border with Brazil.“As the time came for me to leave Guyana I had been travelling for six months in the mountains and had already said many farewells to different groups. By the time I got back to St Ignatius I thought the people might have forgotten about me, so I was surprised at...
Please remember in your prayers Fr James Conway SJ who professed his Final Vows at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm St, on Friday 8th June - feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Final vows are traditionally made on a feast of particular significance to Jesuits. Devotion to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus was originally championed by the Jesuit Saint Claude La Colombiere.In his homily, principal celebrant Fr Provincial Damian Howard SJ focused on the call to transformation...
Fr James Conway SJ entered the Society of Jesus in 1994 at the age of 31. “The sense of a journey has been very real as God has accompanied me all along the way: through thick and thin, He has been faithful to me, though I have not always been faithful to Him” he reflects.Fr James was born in Gateshead and entered the novitiate in Birmingham IN 1994. After his studies in London, he went to Paris, to teach theology at Centre Sèvres, Jesuit faculty of philosophy and theology.Back from France, Fr...
Homily by Fr Provincial Damian Howard at the Final Vows Mass of James Conway SJ, 8th June 2018.It is traditional for a Jesuit to take his final vows on some notable Jesuit feast. Fr Jim Conway has chosen the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, a devotion championed early on by the Society of Jesus and one which has given its name to so many of our parishes and other works around the world. The revelation given to St Margaret Mary Alacoque takes us right back to the very heart of the Christian message,...
James Conway SJ
Only as a Jesuit, could I dared have hoped to have been given so many incredible opportunities to see and experience life in all of its diversity.I write this piece on the tenth anniversary of my ordination. Such milestones punctuate our lives. They help us to pause and look back over the paths we've trodden. I entered the Jesuit novitiate when I was 31 years old and so brought with me a fair amount of lived experience. The thread, or one of them, which connects my life 'before' and...
The new church of St Ignatius in Lethem, Guyana
The parishioners of St Ignatius Mission in Guyana have thanked a London parish for helping them secure a statue of their patron, St Ignatius Loyola, which travelled halfway across the world to be installed.For many years, the Catholics in the small Amerindian village of Lethem, tucked away on the edge of the Amazonian rainforest and savannah, wanted a statue of Ignatius Loyola. The mission is located miles away from any source of statues or other piety items; but as they prepared to open their...
The new church of St Ignatius Lethem
On Sunday 31 July, the Feast of St Ignatius,  Bishop Francis Alleyne OSB, Bishop of Georgetown, travelled to the Guyanese interior region of Rupununi in order to open and bless the new church of St Ignatius of Lethem. Over 600 people attended the ceremony, at which candidates received the Sacrament of Confirmation.Fr James Conway SJ, co-ordinator of the interior apostolate, said “it was a great day”.The Jesuits in Britain are responsible for the region of Guyana and have...