Guyana Region

Just over 161 years ago in March 1857, Fathers James Etheridge, Aloysius Emiliani and Clement Negri arrived in Georgetown in what was then British Guiana to establish a Jesuit mission there. Individual Jesuits, most notably Fr Leonard Neale and Fr James Chamberlain, had attempted missionary work in the territory in the late eighteenth century, however as the Society was under suppression these individual endeavours did not lead to the establishment of a Jesuit mission.The first Vicar-Apostolic...
Philip Harrison SJ in training on Wimbledon Common
Philip Harrison SJ is a member of the Jesuit Mission London Marathon team for 2018.  He describes his long relationship with running as he gets back into training.Long distance running was a grace that arrived unexpectedly in my late twenties on a cold winter’s morning in Stamford Hill, North London. I was studying philosophy at the time and trying to decide which ethical theory was the one by which I should live. Inspired, I grabbed my shoes (they were not even proper trainers), laced...
St Teresa of Kolkata (Calcutta)
The Catholic Church is preparing to celebrate the canonisation of one of the highest profile saints of the 20th century this weekend. Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be declared a saint by Pope Francis at St Peter’s in the Vatican on Sunday; and Jesuits and their associates will be joining the celebrations.In Guyana, Jesuits work alongside around two dozen Missionaries of Charity nuns whose convents have been turned into hospitals and shelters for the homeless and a refuge for the outcasts...
Mashramani in Guyana 2007, Public Domain/Guyanese Tavern
The people of Guyana, including the Jesuits working in the country, celebrated Guyanese Republic Day - Mashramani –– yesterday. Mashramani, often abbreviated to "Mash", is an annual festival that celebrates Guyana becoming a Republic in 1970 and includes a parade, music and games. The word "Mashramani" comes from an Amerindian language and literally means "the celebration after hard work". It is one of the most colourful of Guyana’s festivals, with spectacular costume competitions, float...
A Jesuit priest of the Guyana Region has recently returned from a fact-finding visit to Brazil, where he was able to explore educational opportunities for indigenous Guyanese. Fr Ronnie Fernandes SJ was accompanied by the Executive Coordinator of Fe y Alegria in Paraíba (eastern Brazil), Fr Sérgio José SJ, when he visited Tocantins, a state in central Brazil. They were exploring ways in which the Jesuits in Guyana can begin Fe y Alegria projects which will strengthen their contribution to...
Guyana’s new president, 69-year-old retired army general David Granger has been sworn in after his multi-ethnic opposition coalition won the South American country's general elections. The Jesuit Superior in Guyana, which is a Region of the British Province of the Society of Jesus, says he prays the result will mean an end to the racial politics that Guyana has experienced under the previous administration.Guyana's elections commission rejected a demand for a full recount from former President...
The Jesuits first came to Guyana in 1857.  Since then, we have been serving the Catholic Church & people in all parts of this beautiful, remote and oft-forgotten South American country.