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On 15 April 1755, Dr Johnson published his Dictionary of the English Language. In the previous 150 years over 20 English dictionaries had been published, but these had all had serious shortcomings of organisation or scope which limited their usefulness. Dr Johnson was commissioned to make his dictionary by a group of publishers who needed a definitive authority for English grammar, definition and spelling. There had been a huge expansion of books, newspapers and pamphlets in the Eighteenth...
The documents resulting from GC36 have now been published
The documents from the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus (GC36) have been published. They will be issued by the Jesuits in Britain as part of a book within the next few weeks and will help to formulate the Province’s planning and priorities for the years ahead.GC36 took place in Rome between 3 October and 12 November last year. It brought together more than 200 Jesuits from around the world to elect their Superior General and to address the priorities for Jesuit life and...
Black and white photograph of Fr Augustus Law SJ
This year marks the 140th anniversary of the completion of St Aidan’s College in South Africa. At its opening, 31 January 1867, the community consisted of three Jesuit priests and three Jesuit brothers. In this blog post we remember the life of Fr Augustus Law, one of those founding Fathers.  Augustus Law was born 21 October 1833 and entered the Society 15 January 1854 after a career in the navy, during which he converted to Catholicism. In the ten years between entering the...
A wartime story of faith and mercyDevotion to Mary and inspiration drawn from her images played an important role in the conversion and spiritual journey of St. Ignatius. Among many we recall the Black Madonna at Montserrat where he laid down his sword and symbolically started new life, and the image of Santa Maria della Strada, on the wall of Saint Mary of the Way in Rome, the first church ever held by the Jesuits.Marian devotion has also been very precious for generations of Poles who have...
Boscombe on the south coast is home to the vibrant Jesuit parish of Corpus Christi with a growing community of Ignatian evangelisers. Known as Hearts on Fire, this initiative aims to bring Ignatian spirituality into our community and beyond - our motto being "Meeting God in Our Daily Lives".  Our team includes both laity and Jesuits, all from different backgrounds and life experiences.  So each of us holds a little piece of a bigger picture, as we learn to discern how...
Dialogue between North and South: what we can learn about inter-faith and missionA day conference which seeks to foster conversation about world mission in the Church and wider society.  Suitable for all interested in Mission: lay people, priests, religious, students and academics.The day includes input from keynote speaker Prof Lamin Sanneh, Professor of missions & world Christianity at Yale Divinity School; responses from Archbishop Kevin McDonald, Chair of the Bishops’ Conference...
Despite the huge geographic gulf between the hinterland and the coast of Guyana, everyone feels they belong to "a great nation", according to Regional Superior Fr Paul Martin SJ. The Jesuits in the country - along with the religious sisters - are particularly active in providing spiritual support to communities across a vast area. These include Brazilians, families and young Guyanese in particular. Guyana is a Region of the British Province and the British Provincial, Fr...
Thomas Stephens was born in Wiltshire around 1550, becoming a Catholic after studies in Oxford.  He travelled to Rome and became a Jesuit in 1575.  He was missioned to Goa in Portuguese India by Fr General Everard Mercurian where he arrived in 1579, possibly the first Englishman to set foot in India.  He served as parish priest and Superior in Salcete, Goa until his death in 1619.  He is best remembered for his linguistic and literary scholarship.  Known as the Father...
In Central Rupununi the mission station of St Ignatius continues to flourish. Here Fr Joaquim De Mello and Fr Kuruvila are developing a ministry to the Macushi communities and to the rapidly expanding settlement of Lethem. Fr Kuruvila has special responsibility for investigating ways in which the Church can make a renewed contribute to the education of the region and has been involved in an extensive programme of visits. Jesuit Scholastics and lay missionary volunteers from Jesuit Missions have...
In art, St Francis Xavier is often depicted holding a crucifix aloft to represent the zeal he felt for bringing Christ’s Gospel to those who had not heard it. Like St Ignatius Loyola, he originally had worldly ambitions, but on meeting Ignatius in Paris at the age of 19, he realised the power of the Spiritual Exercises and studied instead for the priesthood. He became one of Ignatius’ first Companions and took vows of poverty and chastity with Ignatius at Montmartre in 1534. He was ordained...

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