Jesuit Missions

Jesuit Missions will be joining the Climate Coalition and hundreds of other organisations and individuals as they come together on mass to speak up against climate change.We are running out of time to meet the 1.5C temperature increase agreed in Paris in 2015. Individuals are making a change, now we need the government to cooperate and commit to a net zero emissions target.“Climate Change is affecting people across the world,” says Paul Chitnis, Director of Jesuit Missions. “The increase in...
Fr Fernando Azpiroz is the Director of Casa Ricci Social Services (CRSS) in China, supported by Jesuit Missions. CRSS serves over 5,000 people in China, standing in solidarity with both adults and children who are affected by leprosy or who are living with HIV/AIDS.The accompaniment of people has always been a fundamental characteristic of all Jesuit ministries no matter where they are. Accompanying is a process of mutual transformation: we transform other people’s lives, and in return our...
Cyclone Idai
Cyclone Idai, which hit Southern Africa in March this year, was one of the worst weather-related disasters to ever affect the Southern hemisphere. More than 900 people lost their lives across Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe and over 1.7 million people were affected and in need of immediate aid. In the weeks that followed, there were several cases of cholera and people faced a severe need for sanitation, shelter, food and general relief.Jesuit Missions launched an emergency appeal which raised...
A group of marathon finishers with medals
The last Sunday of April is always a big day in the London calendar and this year 42,000 runners embarked on the 26.2 mile challenge of the London Marathon. Among them the Jesuit team included four runners for Jesuit Refugee Service, including JRS Operations Manager Aidan Cantwell (5:25), and 26 for Jesuit Missions, of whom no fewer than twelve are teachers in our Jesuit schools.First home in 3:44:32 was English teacher Ruth Freer from St Aloysius College in Glasgow.  Not far behind...
Fr Kyara Corbinian SJ is a Tanzanian Jesuit who works in the East African Jesuit Development office in Nairobi, Kenya. In less than one week, he will be joining fellow East African Jesuit Fr Alexander Wainaina SJ for the London Marathon.Along with the Jesuit Missions London Marathon team, they will be running in memory of Fr Victor Luke Odhimabo SJ who tragically died whilst serving in South Sudan in November 2018. Fr Kyara was one of the last people to see Fr Victor Luke before he died....
Stephanie Beech and Jules Greenwood
Last weekend Stephanie Beech, Jesuit Missions Communications Officer, visited Stonyhurst College in Lancashire to give a parish appeal for Jesuit Missions. As this had been planned for a while, the day appeared as a great opportunity to join the Stonyhurst Sprinters for a long run as part of the marathon team training, whilst taking in the beautiful Ribble Valley.However, the idea came before Stephanie had to stop running in February due to an ongoing Achilles problem. "I am now back on track...
This year there are 16 teachers associated with Jesuit schools who are taking on the London Marathon challenge for Jesuit Missions, including a team of 6 from Stonyhurst college and 4 at St Aloysius in Glasgow.Each were given one of the 16 Jesuit pupil profile virtues and asked to write why that word links to their training. Here are a few of their responses:Faith-filledRyan Ferrie - St Aloysius CollegeLondon 2019 will be my second Marathon and it certainly is an exercise in faith! Faith that...
Cyclone Idai’s death toll has now reached more than 750 across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, the three Southern African countries to be hit by the storm ten days ago. Over 110, 000 people are now in camps and the lack of safe drinking water is causing outbreaks of cholera.Jesuit Missions has launched an emergency appeal and is working with the local Jesuits across the region. Beira, a port city on the coast of Mozambique was the first place to be hit by Cyclone Idai and felt its full force....
Cover of Jesuits &Friends spring 2019
The Spring edition of Jesuits & Friends magazine has been published and is available in our parishes, schools and spirituality centres.The cover image shows children at the Early Development Centre in Maban, South Sudan, a project supported by readers of Jesuits & Friends via Jesuit Missions in the UK.  Paul Chitnis, Director of Jesuit Missions, recalls his recent meeting in nearby Cuiebet with Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ, a Jesuit who has dedicated the last ten years striving to...
Jesuit Missions is in touch with their partners in Southern Africa to respond to the humanitarian disaster caused by Cyclone Idai, which is thought to be one of the worst weather related disasters to ever hit the Southern hemisphere.The death toll is currently in the hundreds but it is feared that this is likely to increase to thousands in the coming days.The cyclone first hit Mozambique last Thursday near the port city of Beira, which is home to half a million people, including a Jesuit...

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