Jesuits and Friends magazine is 100!

The magazine of the Jesuits in Britain is celebrating its 100th issue this summer with a trip down memory lane.

This 100th edition of Jesuits and Friends has a fold-out central section, with a timeline reviewing the past 99 issues.

Looking back over the last 100 issues in the archives was an interesting exercise for the current editorial team. As the current Editor, Fr Paul Nicholson SJ, put it, “memories have been stirred and half-forgotten events recalled – did he really look like that? What was this all about? Weren’t we all so young?”

We also asked past editors to suggest highlights from their time at the helm and we hope you will enjoy remembering some of these stories, both joyful and shocking, from around the Jesuit world.

Some of the material was so interesting and surprising that we have republished a dozen of our favourite articles on our website.  You can find them in the Ignatian Insight blog.

Favourites include hearing from Fr Anthony Lawn SJ, advisor to the makers of the film The Mission starring Robert de Niro and Jeremy Irons as Jesuit priests; the North Korean football team’s visit to Loyola Hall during the 1966 World Cup; the commemoration of the anniversary of the restoration of the English Jesuit province in 2003; and, of course, the election of the first Jesuit pope.  We also republish the tribute by Michael Campbell-Johnson SJ to the six Jesuits murdered in El Salvador in 1989, and the destruction by fire of the Sacred Heart Church in Guyana.

J&F was the result of an amalgamation in summer 1985, of the Jesuits Missions magazine and To Our Friends, a more general newsletter about the work of the Jesuits in Britain.  As the then provincial Georg Earle SJ put it in his introduction to Issue 1:
“It has become obvious the Jesuit work in this country and overseas cannot continue for five minutes without the co-operation of countless friends… we want to tell this whole host of friends about all the work we are doing at home and overseas.”

You can subscribe to receive your own copy of Jesuits and Friends, or pick up a copy at a Jesuit parish, school, or spirituality centre.