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School children from Zimbabwe
If you were asked to name the five biggest UNESCO World Heritage Sites from pre-colonial times the first four might be quite easy (answers at the end!). However, the fifth doesn’t have the same profile and might evade even the keenest of World Heritage Site tourists!  It is the former site of the Kings of the Gokomere people, who are the ancestors of the Shona people. Located in the south of the county that takes its modern day name from the site, ‘Great Zimbabwe’ means ‘Big House of...
Sam Aidoo at St Johns Beaumont
Companions programmeLast week Sam Aidoo, our Education Coordinator, visited two primary schools to give updates about their partner schools in Zimbabwe.  The Companions Programme  is a great way for children to learn about another country and understand their culture through receiving updates directly from the children and teachers in that school.On Thursday 23rd Sam visited St Joseph’s in Hurst Green, Lancashire, who are partnered with St Joseph’s Chishawasha in Zimbabwe. Sam was...
Loyola Secondary School Credit Jesuit Missions
Loyola Secondary School (LSS) in Wau, South Sudan, is a mixed day school established by the East African province of the Society of Jesus in 1982. Civil war forced the school to close two years after opening and it did not re-open until 2008 when 180 students were admitted.LSS, which is supported by Jesuit Missions, now has a student population of 587, 320 girls and 267 boys, with 35 teachers and six Jesuits working full time.  The school started 2017 with 700 students but this declined...
Cover image Pope Francis and T Smolich SJ
Don’t forget to pick up your free copy of the winter edition of Jesuits and Friends, available from this weekend in our parishes, chaplaincies and schools.The cover story is by Fr Aloysius Mowe SJ of JRS Europe who puts the refugee crisis into global context, and describes how Pope Francis’ “constant and prophetic” advocacy has empowered Catholic agencies and Jesuit Refugee Service to put pressure on local authorities and national governments.We carry an article by the new provincial Fr Damian...
Wimbledon College. Photo credit: Peter O'Sullivan SJ
Last Friday, Wimbledon College held its Faith Day for the those in Rhetoric, the final year of Sixth Form.  Wimbledon College holds faith days for sixth formers every year. Those in the Poetry, the first year of Sixth Form, had a day more focused on spirituality. Speakers presented topics to do with knowing oneself, prayer, our relationship with God and respecting others. Students were able to reflect on their lives, scripture, the Catholic faith, and the world around them.In their...
St Ignatius College has welcomed two special guests this week from their sister school in Tanzania.  Sr Euphrasia Mungira is the headmistress of St Ignatius prep school in Dodoma, Tanzania and Fr Jerome Manyahi SJ, superior of the growing Jesuit community in Dodoma.  The partnership is marking its tenth year, with successive visits in the summer from sixth-formers and staff from St. Ignatius College, Enfield. The Department for International Development (DFID), through the Global...
The Nepal earthquakes of April 2015 killed nearly 9000 people and left many more without basic amenities.  Many of our supporters responded generously to an appeal by Jesuit Missions and funds were sent to the Nepalese Jesuits who were working directly with many of those affected.The Nepal Jesuit Social Institute (NJSI) has sent an update for its supporters on a new milestone in its reconstruction efforts, this time with the Danuwar community.  The Danuwar is one of 400 tribal groups...
Communications OfficerThis is an exciting opportunity for a proactive and committed communications professional.You will be able to write great copy, have the digital skills to make the best use of our website and social media, and the energy and ideas to help us make a step change in our communications with supporters. You will help devise and deliver a strategy which identifies opportunities and stories which build the profile of Jesuit Missions with existing and new audiences. While the work...
JRS staff and volunteers
The ‘faith that does justice internship’ is a new initiative of Jesuit Missions (JM) and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), providing paid experience working in two Catholic organisations alongside an Ignatian formation programme.JM and JRS collaborate together on various aspects of their work, but this is the first time that they have collaborated on a project of this type. The idea of the internship came from conversations between the two Directors – Sarah Teather and Paul Chitnis.This...
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...

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