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The new church of St Ignatius in Lethem, Guyana
The parishioners of St Ignatius Mission in Guyana have thanked a London parish for helping them secure a statue of their patron, St Ignatius Loyola, which travelled halfway across the world to be installed.For many years, the Catholics in the small Amerindian village of Lethem, tucked away on the edge of the Amazonian rainforest and savannah, wanted a statue of Ignatius Loyola. The mission is located miles away from any source of statues or other piety items; but as they prepared to open their...
Karasabai in the South Pakaraimas
Jim Conway SJ, Superior at the Lethem Jesuit Community in the interior of Guyana, is just back from Karasabai in the South Pakaraimas district, where the community is building its new Church.“It's inspiring to see the way people are working together to achieve their goal and wonderful to feel the spirit that such a community effort generates” comments Fr Jim. “It is easy to feel God's hovering presence on such occasions as a kind of tacit blessing. Karasabai is such a...
Fr Malcolm Rodrigues
President David Granger of Guyana announced recently that Fr Malcolm Anthony Rodrigues SJ (MA Oxon) is to be awarded for his service to the Republic of Guyana, which yesterday celebrated its 50th year of Independence from Britain.  He will receive the Cacique Crown of Honour for his service in the field of Religion.  It is awarded to any citizen who has "rendered service of an exceptionally high quality beyond the normal call of duty in the public service, social and voluntary...
Cardinal Hummes says Mass in Shulinab Village in Central Rupununi
The highest-ranking Vatican official ever to visit Guyana recently completed a three day  visit. Cardinal Claudio Hummes from Brazil is a former archbishop of Sao Paulo and is currently the president of the Commission for Amazonia of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil.The main purpose of the Cardinal’s visit to Guyana is to present the vision of REPAM, which is the Amazonian Church Network formed in 2014. This includes discussing Pope Francis’ recent encyclical...
A girl bends forward towards a flower bush
Have you ever been entrusted with a sacred responsibility?I remember the day somebody first gave me a job. It was when I was about six. My grandfather had a clothes shop in Omagh in Ireland. And my job on Saturday mornings was to watch my grandfather serve customers in the shop. And then when one of them bought something my grandfather would take the money from the customer, write the receipt and very solemnly hand both to me. It was then my solemn responsibility to carry the money and the...
Fr Ramesh celebrates Mass during the Youth Camp in Guyana
The past year has been full of highlights and many important developments in the various Catholic communities in Guyana, where the Jesuits have served the Catholic population since 1857. As Parish Priest based in Berbice, Fr Ramesh Vanan SJ from Karnataka in India is one of the Jesuits responsible for Pastoral Ministry over many square miles of this beautiful country in South America.  Among the celebrations in Guyana during 2015 was the 90th anniversary of St Francis Xavier Church in...
Sacred Heart Church, Georgetown, Guyana
Catholics in Guyana are eagerly looking forward to the reopening of the historic Church of the Sacred Heart in Georgetown. And while the Jesuits in the country see the rebuilding of the church as a sign of what can happen when people come together and work for a common goal, they are also excited by further developments for the Catholic community in Guyana.Formerly staffed by the Jesuits, the wooden, 155-year old Sacred Heart Church was devastated by a blaze that started when electrical...
The second Loyola Documentary Film Festival has taken place in Guyana. It is an initiative of the Jesuit-led CatholicTV (CTV) that aims to create and promote awareness among people about socio-economic and cultural issues that affect Guyana as a nation. It allows film-makers and corporate bodies to actively engage in developing the skills and expertise of Guyanese.There were a total of seven entries in the 2015 Film Festival, four produced by amateurs and three from professional film-makers....
The Summer 2015 edition of Jesuits and Friends takes us from the devastation faced by remote communities in Nepal to the serenity of the North Wales countryside; and from the celebrations surrounding the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero to the streets of South Africa, where post-apartheid democracy is still to be realised.From Kathmandu, Fr Jomon Jose SJ describes the events of 25 April when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. The Jesuits in the country immediately launched a...
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...

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