Hi, I am Ruth, the Digital Communications Manager of the Jesuits in Britain. I first met the Jesuits (Society of Jesus) when I was one, yes I mean 12 months old. I grew up in the then Jesuit parish of Corpus Christi, Brixton Hill where I also went to school. I didn't really get to know the Jesuits through an experience of prayer or social justice. I got to know many of them, by singing in choirs, playing football after mass, putting on pantomimes, summer musicals, christmas sketches and altar serving at mass on a Sunday morning. When I look back at that time I often find it difficult to express how important an experience it was for me. To live your faith out in everyday life is no easy thing to do, but having the Jesuit community there provided me with an environment and living examples to do just that.
I first began working for the Jesuits on the daily prayer site pray-as-you-go.org just after it was launched in 2006. I would never have thought when I started university that I'd graduate and end up working for the Jesuits! I have Peter Scally SJ to thank for that and showing me a creative approach to witnessing to the gospel that still inspires me. We worked together to begin the online journal thinkingfaith.org and now I work in a wider sense for the province online, improving our web presence and witness online.
You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and hopefully soon many more. I truly believe it is as important to ‘go where the need is greatest’ both online and offline. It is my privilege to bring Ignatian Spirituality and the Joy of the Gospel to an audience who may not have been as fortunate as me to have been exposed to it from a young age.
I have met and continue to meet many Jesuits. The thing that always strikes me about them and I think makes the Society what it is, is that they dare to share something of their relationship with Christ even in their own brokenness, and in so doing open up an experience of the love of God that in our very hurried and fragmented world is a truly wonderful gift.
You can also find me talking Faith, fashion, football and tech on Twitter: @moothyroothy