Formation

Jesuits in Britain have for many decades been responsible for the formation (our jargon for training) of Jesuits from all over the world.  They have been sent to London by their Superiors to benefit from our teaching of Theology and Philosophy at Heythrop College at undergraduate and masters levels, and a number also come to study at other universities in London and around the country.  We have four “formation communities” in London where Jesuit scholastics (our jargon for...
Children at Makumbi Mission, Zimbabwe
The Jesuit novices based at Manresa House in Birmingham have completed their ‘experiments’ – assignments during which they have experienced faith and justice in action in situations which might be unfamiliar to them, in a variety of apostolic works either at home or overseas. Among the experiments this year in Britain, for example, novice Stephen worked at a hospice where, he said, he found God’s love to be very tangible; Vincent got an insight into parish life in North Wales; while Christopher...
The Sanctuary of San Miguel de Aralar
Novice Richard Webster is currently undertaking a pilgrimage between Manresa and Loyola in Spain, following in the steps of some of the early Jesuits.The Rule of Saint Benedict contains some beautiful instructions on how a monastic community should welcome guests: [Let them] be received like Christ, for He will say, “I was as a stranger, and you took me in” (Matthew 25:35). … In the reception of poor men and pilgrims special attention should be shown, because in them is Christ most truly...
Britto Arockiam SJ has been ordained to the priesthood in Madurai, South India. A former student of Heythrop College and a member of the Jesuit community in Wimbledon, Britto was engaged in pastoral ministry in Guyana – a Region of the British Province – for three years and will be returning there later this year.“My parents named me after the Portuguese Jesuit Saint John de Britto who was martyred in India in 1693,” Fr Britto explains.  “He followed in the footsteps of Saint Francis...
When a man applies to enter the Society of Jesus, he spends the first two years of his formation as a novice, based in the novitiate. Manresa House in Harborne, Birmingham, is the home of the novitiate for the Provinces of Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands and North Belgium. Over this period, novices are given extended opportunities for daily prayer, community celebrations of the sacraments and the making of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius over a month's retreat. Men also reflect on...
Jesuit Formation is challenging and rewarding.It is always undertaken with the idea of mission in mind. What we do in our formation helps us to be better able to help others. When St. Ignatius, at the age of 33, went back to school, he did so in order to be able ‘to help souls’.It is exactly the same reason that leads us today to undertake a whole range of studies and other sorts of formation. It has often been said that ‘no ministry which prepares the way for the Kingdom or which helps arouse...
I was born in 1967 in Lancaster. I grew up in Cumbria in the north-west of England and was educated there in Anglican and Catholic schools before going on to undergraduate studies at St Andrew’s University in Scotland. Growing up in a typical northern Catholic parish and in a Catholic family, I had a positive experience of Church and of priests in whose lives I could see icons of service for the good of others. Considering the possibility of the priestly vocation, I received what in hindsight...