Novitiate

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...
Jacques St Laurent vows
The last few days have been joyful ones for the Society of Jesus in north west Europe as two new Jesuits made their First Vows.  Thomas Klein SJ and Jacques St Laurent SJ both joined the north west European Jesuit novitiate at Manresa House in Birmingham in September 2015. Yesterday Fr Damian Howard SJ, Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, received Jacques’ first vows in the chapel at Manresa House, where he himself had made his first vows nearly 26 years ago.  Concelebrating...
Five novices
Please pray for our five novices as they embark today for their various "experiments", a key stage in their journey towards taking their First Vows.“Experiment” is a term Jesuits use to talk about the various activities (designed by St. Ignatius) that test a man’s vocation throughout the two-year novitiate period. All these experiments mirror the various steps taken by St Ignatius after his conversion. For centuries, Jesuit formation has included these same methods as a means to test, stretch,...
The Crib at St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham. Credit: Peter Jennings
Among those taking part in the televised Midnight Mass on BBC One on Christmas Eve this year will be a Jesuit novice from Manresa House in Birmingham. Christopher Brolly nSJ, a second-year novice in the novitiate, will be reading one of the Bidding Prayers during the Eucharist which will be broadcast live from St Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham with Archbishop Bernard Longley as the Principal Celebrant.This year, St Chad’s has been celebrating its 175th anniversary and considers it to...
Fr Leonard Moloney SJ
The former Headmaster of Clongowes Wood College in Co. Kildare has been appointed as the new Jesuit Provincial in Ireland. Fr Leonard Moloney SJ (61) will replace Fr Tom Layden SJ who has been the Provincial of the Jesuits in Ireland since 2010. Fr Moloney’s appointment was announced by Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ at the 36th General Congregation that is taking place in Rome.Father Moloney served as Headmaster at Clongowes Wood College for almost 11 years. Originally from Limerick, he...
Novices Patrick, Christopher and Vinny take part in Saturday morning’s Rosary
Last weekend, a group of Jesuit novices, led by Fr Simon Bishop SJ, took part in ‘The Release: Light up the Sky’, a retreat weekend for young adults, organised by Youth 2000. Hosted at St Bernard’s Catholic High School, Rotherham, there was a great atmosphere throughout the weekend, not only among the novices from Manresa House in Birmingham but also among the entire 180-or-so young people who attended.The retreat involved periods of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, along...
Some of the 13 novices from Northern Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands and United Kingdom
The Jesuit novices who are normally based at the novitiate in Birmingham visited the Low Countries recently, on a trip that gave them an insight into the scope of the international Society. Novices from Britain, Ireland, Flanders and the Netherlands make up the international community at Manresa House; and since the September to December Study period is the longest period inside the novitiate itself, they embarked upon a trip to (North) Belgium and the Netherlands, to visit a variety of Jesuit...
From the left: Voventes Aurimas Sukys, Richard Webster, Mantas Mileris, Bastiaan van Rooijen
We congratulate the four Jesuit novices took their first vows at St Mary’s Church, Harborne, Birmingham on Saturday.  The novices have spent two years in formation at the Novice House in Birmingham which looks after novices from North West Europe.  Taking vows were two novices from Lithuania - Mantas MilerisSJ and Aurimas Sukys SJ, as well as  Bastiaan van Rooije SJ n from the Netherlands and Richard Webster SJ from the UK.  Mark Logtenberg SJ, also from the...
the_annunciation_by_henry_tanner
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...
Clare Greenwood trains in Cumbria for the London Marathon
The London Marathon will take place on Sunday 24 April and there is a distinctive international flavour in this year’s Jesuit Missions team. Runners from Germany, Mexico, the USA and the Philippines will be taking part, among the many people who are so generously donating their time and fund-raising efforts in support of the work of Jesuit Missions. The runners include:Christopher Brolly, 27, a first-year Jesuit novice in the British Province based in Birmingham and a first-time marathon runner...

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