Right from the Society's earliest years, Jesuits have been active on these isles. This has included caring for the disadvantaged, sharing the good news of the Gospel, and helping people to enter into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Today Jesuits across the globe are working on four important areas:
- walking with those suffering from poverty, discrimination or injustice,
- accompanying young people
- showing the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises
- caring for the planet, our common home.
The work of the Jesuits in Britain shares these common goals. Below are the main works which the Jesuits in Britain are associated with. Most of these works need passionate volunteers to reach more people in need, so please consider how you can get involved.
We operate multiple spirituality centres in Britain to support people on their spiritual journey and to offer retreat experiences. Discover the Jesuit spirituality centres available to you, from the rolling hills of North Wales to the streets of London and all the way up to Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Whether it’s in the heart of cities like London, Liverpool and Manchester, or in the Lancashire countryside, Jesuit parishes are guided by the Spirituality of St. Ignatius, encouraging people to reflect on their experiences and to discern God’s presence in their lives. Our parishes aim to nurture lay leadership, as well as personal faith and are committed to “the faith that does justice” by way of solidarity with the poor and dedication to the greater good.
The Spiritual Exercises are an original and life-changing programme of prayer centred on the life of Jesus Christ. The exercises are ultimately about letting go of attachments that hold you back so that you can live a truly free and joyful life journeying with Christ.
JRS UK works closely with people left destitute and has a special ministry to those who find themselves destitute as a consequence or as a result of government policies. We serve, advocate for, and accompany some of the most vulnerable people in our society, and those detained for the administration of immigration procedures.
Homelessness in Britain has been an area of Jesuit ministry for many years, with parishes, particularly in London, responding to the growing crisis at the local level, serving and accompanying those experiencing homelessness and destitution.
Jesuit schools and educational institutions have spread throughout the world and given countless people the foundational education of their lives. The eleven Jesuit schools in Britain work together to promote and live out the vision, values, and spirit of St Ignatius of Loyola in education.
The Jesuits in Britain have been entrusted with the chaplaincies at the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester, with Jesuits also serving as chaplains at the University of Birmingham and Imperial College London.
Campion Hall is the Jesuit Hall in the University of Oxford. Its unique character combines the intellectual and educational traditions of Oxford and the Society of Jesus. It is an international community of fellows, graduate students, and staff, who share the motivation to serve ‘all things human.’
In 2015, Pope Francis wrote a groundbreaking letter to the world titled ‘Laudato Si’’, focused on how humanity can best respond to the unprecedented challenge of the environmental crisis, or as he says simply, how we can ‘care for our common home’. Find out what we are doing in Britain to respond to this urgent challenge.
The Laudato Si’ Research Institute (LSRI) conducts cutting-edge multidisciplinary research for societal transformation on the most pressing ecological and social issues of our day. Through dialogue and the co-production of knowledge, the institute seeks to inspire innovative multidisciplinary research on socio-ecological problems.