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Jesuit novices, from left: Paolo Beltrame, Thiranjala Weerasinghe, Desmond Gibney, Dunstan Rodrigues, John Bosco Noronha, Paul Prior, Ian Jackson.
 Jesuit novice Dunstan Rodrigues reflects on the World Meeting of Families. In the photo from left to right the Jesuit novices: Paolo Beltrame, Thiranjala Weerasinghe, Desmond Gibney, Dunstan Rodrigues, John Bosco Noronha, Paul Prior, Ian Jackson. Matthew Tumulty, the eighth novice, is not in the photo because he was preparing for his own personal meeting with Pope Francis!The novices of Britain, Ireland and the Low Countries had the privilege to join in the World Meeting of...
150 years ago, on 7 September 1868, Gerard Manley Hopkins entered the Society of Jesus at Manresa, Roehampton. Born in Stratford, Essex in 1844, he received his early education at the Cholmeley Grammar School in Highgate. According to his obituary in Letters and Notices, “from earliest childhood he showed a great talent for drawing, and his work was distinguished for its remarkable delicacy… He had a very exquisite voice and took great interest in music. This, with art and literature, became...
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Of all places, in Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales, I was introduced to a beautiful depiction of the Annunciation. It was there that I saw for the first time Henry Ossawa Tanner’s painting The Annunciation, a striking rendition of the angel Gabriel’s appearance to a virgin named Mary.  I find it fascinating that Mary is not presented ostentatiously, and Gabriel is not shown in the traditional style of having a halo and glorious wings extending from his body (For a more...
Chris Brolly nSJ training in Birmingham
First year Jesuit novice Christopher Brolly is joining the Jesuit Missions London Marathon team for the big event on Sunday 24th April.  His fellow novice Jacques St Laurent is donning the famous Womble costume, but Chris says “I’ll just be running as a tired man!”Chris has been in training since the Autumn.  He took up running soon after joining the novitiate in order to stay in shape and as he put it, “If I can’t run when I’m a novice, there won...
On retreat at St Beuno's
It’s been just over a week since we got back from making the spiritual exercises during our long retreat and us first years are now away again doing our short experiments. I’m down in London, working in a hospice, which is something that definitely pushes my boundaries – it is very much outwith my life experience to date.The long retreat was much more intense than I expected. Spending 30 days in silence and with God is both wonderful and deeply challenging and it has taken me quite a few days...
Novices 2015
After a few rather static weeks in the house, I’ve noticed a shift in pace once again as we build to Christmas and the very different shape of novice life in the new year which will be focused on our experiments, including the spiritual exercises in January, our first ‘short experiment’ in February/March and then a likely pilgrimage in the early summer.We’ve only been told this week where our short experiments will be. I’m going to be working in a hospice in the east end of London and living...
The Sanctuary of San Miguel de Aralar
Novice Richard Webster is currently undertaking a pilgrimage between Manresa and Loyola in Spain, following in the steps of some of the early Jesuits.The Rule of Saint Benedict contains some beautiful instructions on how a monastic community should welcome guests: [Let them] be received like Christ, for He will say, “I was as a stranger, and you took me in” (Matthew 25:35). … In the reception of poor men and pilgrims special attention should be shown, because in them is Christ most truly...