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The number of people who died in last weekend's earthquake in Nepal has passed the 5,000 mark, with twice as many people injured. As of last night (Wednesday 29 April), 5,020 bodies were recovered from different parts of the country while the number of injured stands at 10,227.Through their institutions, Nepal Jesuits have reached out to many remote villages. Relief materials (tents, mats, dry food and sanitation materials ) have been distributed to almost 500 families in Devpur – VDC in...
Following the weekend’s earthquake, the Jesuits in Nepal have opened an office for relief work and have started networking with other organisations. They have asked the Home Ministry for permission to work in the districts of Gorkha, Dhading, Lalitpur, Kavre, Sindhuli, and Dolakha.Each institution of the Nepal Jesuits will adopt one place for relief work. St Xavier’s College in Jawalakhel Province has already distributed tarpaulin sheets, basic food items and sleeping mats to two villages (...
Two Jesuit priests have visited remote areas of Guyana where the Catholic communities have been without a pastor for eight years. The South American country is a Region of the British Province.Fr Amar Bage SJ and Fr Marlon Innes SJ undertook the arduous trip to Matthew’s Ridge and Arakaka in North West Guyana. While at Matthew’s Ridge, they celebrated Mass in the primary school because the church building had collapsed. The small congregation of seven women, one man and a girl of seven years of...
Jesuit Missions has assembled its largest ever team for next weekend’s London Marathon. The team of 39 runners includes a father and son from Mount St Mary’s College in Spinkhill, two of the Jesuit Missions’ Director’s nieces and a Jesuit deacon from Poland.Deacon Mateusz Konopinski SJ (far left) is a Polish Jesuit who came to London last year to study at the Bellarmine Institute at Heythrop College and to serve in the Jesuit parish of Farm Street, central London. Having just celebrated...
“The treatment of asylum seekers on the Italian mainland is symptomatic of European asylum regulations that prioritise control and border security above respect for individual human rights and dignity,” writes Oscar Spooner of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the latest edition of Jesuits and Friends. In his article ‘Extreme lengths in search of safety’, Oscar quotes migrants themselves as well as the views of JRS staff, including Fr Jean-Marie Carrière SJ, the director of JRS Europe.“We...
A fashion show with a difference at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire next week will be supporting school students in Zimbabwe. Some of the Jesuit college’s students will be ‘upcycling’ clothes donated by Stonyhurst staff to create original and inventive new outfits; the results of their creative talents will then be modelled by students later in the term.Messalina Morley and Karla Jansen have cleverly combined contrasting textures from over 50 donated garments, transforming long skirts into...
An unprecedented team of 40 runners is preparing to run the 2015 London Marathon to raise funds for Jesuit Missions (JM).  This year’s runners include a father and son partnership in the shape of Austin and Jonathan Lafferty from Mount St Mary’s College in Derbyshire, along with the College’s Chaplain Fr Simon Ellis. The London Marathon will take place on Sunday 26 April.“Our yearly ritual involving canvassing for runners, sending reassuring emails, and sharing training tips has culminated...
The muscles may still be aching from last month's London Marathon and the memory of cheering the runners through their 26.2 mile course might still be fresh, but Jesuit Missions (JM) is already looking ahead to 2015. There are a number of places available for the JM London Marathon team in 2015 and potential participants are being urge to plan - and train - ahead."We're looking for runners to join our team," says JM's Deputy Director Richard Greenwood. "So...
London Marathon runners who ran on 13 April 2014 in support of Jesuit Missions and the Jesuit Refugee Service have exceeded their sponsorship targets by raising more than £ 22,000. And the money is still coming in!A total of 13 runners wore the Jesuit Missions vest for the 26.2 mile run. They included Vietnamese Jesuit Fr Khiet Pham SJ (far left), who is based at Mount Street in London and is studying at the Institute of Education, University of London. He completed the Marathon is just...
Congratulations to all those who took part in the London Marathon yesterday - especially to the runners whose efforts are supporting Jesuit Missions and the Jesuit Refugee Service. These included two Jesuits, the Deputy Head of Cheltenham College who ran as Womble Uncle Bulgaria, first-time runners and seasoned veterans. Well done to all the runners! You can still support them by following their links here. Thank you for your generosity!

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