Global leader of the Jesuits visits the British Province

April 17, 2023

Father Arturo Sosa SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, spent a few days in the British Province of Jesuits last week, visiting spiritual works and parishes and meeting with fellow Jesuits, lay staff, parishioners, and friends of the Society.

In Liverpool, he celebrated Mass at Saint Francis Xavier and unveiled a plaque marking the 175th anniversary of the opening of the church and the departure of the Society from the parish after many decades of dedicated service.

He then journeyed to St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in Wales, giving Mass to a packed chapel of parishioners and supporters, and met with staff who work at the centre.

In Birmingham, he visited Manresa House (the Jesuit Novitiate for North West Europe) and met with men who are training for and reflecting on religious life before taking their First Vows.

In Oxford, he visited Campion Hall, the Jesuit home at the University of Oxford, and met with staff at the Laudato Si’ Research Institute which was set up by the Jesuits in Britain to explore a trans-disciplinary approach to socio-ecological issues.

In London, he celebrated Mass at the Jesuits’ famous Farm Street Church, was given a tour of the British Jesuit Archives, and spent time at the London Jesuit Centre with fellow Jesuits, staff and friends.

Celebrating Mass at Saint Francis Xavier Church in Liverpool
Fr Arturo Sosa SJ unveils the plaque at Saint Francis Xavier Church in Liverpool
"The Beatles" - Fr Arturo Sosa SJ and his team in Liverpool
Celebrating Mass in the chapel at St Beuno's Jesuit Spirituality Centre in Wales
Meeting with Jesuits at St Beuno's
Fr Arturo Sosa SJ with the Director of St Beuno's, Ruth Holgate
At the Jesuit Novitiate, Manresa House, in Birmingham
Celebrating Mass at Farm Street Church
Looking at exhibits at the British Jesuit Archives
Fr Arturo Sosa SJ with Jesuits and lay staff of the British Province
Guests at a reception for Fr Arturo Sosa SJ in Mount Street
The two superiors - General Superior, Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, with Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in Britain, Fr Damian Howard SJ

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