ministry

Oscar Romero street art
            Julian Filochowski, Chair of The Romero Trust, reminds us why there will be so many celebrations this year to mark the centenary of the birth of a modern martyr on 15 August.  This article first appered in Jesuits and Friends magazine issue 97.This Romero Centenary Year is a time to remember and to cherish the life, ministry and martyrdom of a valiant and prophetic contemporary pastor. As we wait confidently for the...
Jesuits of four provinces in North West Europe – including Britain – are leaving their current ministries from tomorrow to take part in alternative works – known in Jesuit jargon as ‘experiments’. The men – from Ireland, Flanders and the Netherlands, as well as Britain – will be undertaking this major collaborative initiative in order to reflect on their apostolic priorities for the Society of Jesus over the coming decades.  This collaboration will help the men of the four provinces to...
Jesus and the Apostles by Ben Sutherland on Flickr
A homily given at the Jubilarian's Mass on Easter Thursday.We Jubilarians are celebrating our many years of Jesuit life and ministry, and it is my privilege and challenge to be the representative in this homily. When you are in your eighties such a request may challenge your confidence more than it used to. But here goes! Some of us are celebrating 60 or 50 years since entry into the noviceship, some 60 or 50 or 25 as priests (including Dermot.) There are some who couldn’t be with us, but are...
Here is the cold, hard fact: almost 40 percent of British Catholics brought up in the faith no longer identify as such, according to recent British sociological data. But what can be done to reverse this trend?Landings, a lay-run ministry programme for welcoming returning Catholics, is a reconciliation process that helps faith communities welcome inactive Catholics who want to take another look at the Church. Landings trains compassionate lay people to reach out to those cut off from the Church...
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...
Collaboration at the heart of missionJesuit all round the world are working closely with lay people, other religious, diocesan priests, people of other Christian denominations and people of other faiths. We speak of this as ‘collaboration’, a shared engagement in the work of the Risen Lord.Formation for collaborative ministryIf you are thinking about a vocation to the Society, this dimension of collaboration is worth reflecting on. As a Jesuit, you might develop particular skills...