Jacques St Laurent SJ

Life felt unencumbered as we washed and sliced the carrots, cucumbers and courgettes that had been harvested that afternoon.It was the end of the second day of our Ecology Retreat at the Campus de la Transition, a community near Paris where Jesuits work alongside university professors, students and volunteers of all stripes, to bring about the ecological transition. We had begun the morning with yoga exercises to unite our body, breath and mind, cultivating an embodied consciousness in order to...
A manifesto on work, based on the shared values of Christian and secular ethics, has recently been presented at UNESCO by a Jesuit-led team of researchers based in Paris.“The way we collectively think about and manage work has significant impacts on our quality of life and our environment,” says British Jesuit scholastic Jacques St Laurent SJ, currently in his second year studying Philosophy at Centre Sevres in Paris. Jacques has been working with the Paris-based Centre for Social Research and...
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...
Fr Damian Howard SJ
Homily given by Fr Damian Howard SJ on the occasion of the First Vows of Jacques St Laurent SJ, 27th February 2018.When we asked Jacques to choose some scripture texts for today’s Mass, he took the plain old readings of the second week of Lent. He knew instinctively that we don’t put words into God’s mouth; the Word of God is to be submitted to.As it happens, this Lenten Gospel shines a piercing light on the commitment we have gathered to hear Jacques make. There is a delightful sign in it...