Brother

Jesuit astronomer, Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ, has been awarded the prestigious Carl Sagan Medal for “outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist". The award was made by the American Astronomical Society’s (AAS) Division for Planetary Sciences, which described him as “the voice of the juxtaposition of planetary science and astronomy with Christian belief, a rational spokesperson who can convey exceptionally well how religion and science can co-exist for...
I am Alan Harrison, a Jesuit Brother, originally from Wolverhampton but of Irish and Welsh lineage. I currently work offering spiritual direction, assisting with courses at the Mount Street Jesuit Centre but also acting as National Chaplain to the Christian Life Community in England and Wales. This latter regularly takes me across the country and from time to time to other parts of Europe.  The former in contrast sees me securely based in central London.I think of myself as a very blessed...
I grew up in the Liverpool Jesuit parish of St Francis Xavier in the 1950s and 60s. My father was a joiner who worked for the famous shipbuilding company of Camell Laird and my mother worked for the John Lewis partnership. They both came from large families but I had only one sister who was to become a crown prosecutor. The 1960s was an exciting time for young people when Liverpool was the centre of the musical world and I regularly attended the Cavern Club, home of the Beatles.In 1965, at the...
I describe myself not so much as a late vocation, but an extra-time one! I joined the Jesuit Novitiate in 2008 aged fifty one, as a brother, after a process which had to be approved by the Father-General of the Order in Rome. Before this I worked with the local council, worked with heavy goods transport, and served in the Royal Marines. Lapsed for many years, I drifted back to church after a series of illnesses. On my journey, I encountered the Jesuits on a prayer guide course, while...
I have been a Jesuit Brother for 33 years and have never regretted it. At present I am the British Province Treasurer; a job that entails rather more than doing accounts. Entrusted with best use of the Jesuits’ assets, I have many knots to struggle with, including issues to do with properties, legalities, investments and human resources. This work came after twenty years with Jesuit Refugee Service in projects for displaced people taking me to live in Port Sudan, Nairobi, Addis Ababa and Rome...
I took first vows as a Jesuit brother in September 2012 after a two year novitiate. I feel called to commit my life to finding out where God is sending me to serve the Kingdom of God in the Society of Jesus. At the moment that mostly takes the form of studying philosophy and theology at Heythrop College. I take part in some of the college chaplaincy events and was part of a new initiative in my community to grow vegetables in our garden.For several years I had the feeling that I did not want to...