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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 Jesuit Superior in Guyana has advised caution over the result of the country’s General Election. On Thursday, the election board announced that the country’s multi-racial opposition coalition had polled 5,000 more votes than the People’s Progressive party (PPP) led by President Donald Ramotar, which has held power for the past 23 years. However, President Ramotar has challenged the result; and Fr Paul Martin SJ describes the mood in Guyana as still one of uncertainty.“Shops are still closed...
The people of Guyana voted in National and Regional elections on 11 May, with the Jesuits urging that people move beyond the racial tensions that have marred the electoral process since independence. Guyana is much more than the small coastal strip where the sugar plantations used to be. If the descendants of the slaves brought from Africa and the Indentured labourers brought from India to work on those plantations, could turn their gaze inland, they would recognise that the real wealth of the...
Two Jesuit priests have visited remote areas of Guyana where the Catholic communities have been without a pastor for eight years. The South American country is a Region of the British Province.Fr Amar Bage SJ and Fr Marlon Innes SJ undertook the arduous trip to Matthew’s Ridge and Arakaka in North West Guyana. While at Matthew’s Ridge, they celebrated Mass in the primary school because the church building had collapsed. The small congregation of seven women, one man and a girl of seven years of...
Jesuits in Guyana are joining others who work across the vast Amazonian rainforest to protect the world’s largest eco-system – and its peoples – from destruction. In January, Jesuits who work in this region of the world launched the Pan-Amazonian Project in Manaus, Brazil. And this week saw the gathering in Rome of a new international network: the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network (REPAM). This was established last year in Brazil and consists of bishops whose territories include Amazon regions,...
Paul O'Reilly in Guyana
Paul O'Reilly SJ, who currently works as a GP among the homeless in London, reflects on the effect something as simply as touch can have on the sick.I sometimes wonder what it felt like to be Jesus, to have the power to heal people just by touching them... No fuss, no drugs, no operations – you just get better right away. What a wonderful thing to be able to do for people. One person who made me think that was Tessa; and the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life was making her see again....
“My first impression of Fr Cary-Elwes was a vivid one”, wrote a friend of his, “but, oddly enough as it now seems to me, it was one of disappointment. He came into the room where I was sitting, and I looked up, expecting to see a figure of rugged and compelling charm (I had heard much of his wonderful missionary work and journeying), a sort of modern version of St Francis Xavier ... I saw a little white-faced man, with unbrushed , untidy clothes and rumpled up-ended hair.” (Our Dead 1939-1945,...
Derrick Maitland SJ, who worked in Guyana from 1963 until 2008, died on Monday 12th January, aged 90. His funeral will be on Thursday 22nd January. On this day the Marriage Encounter Movement has organized a memorial mass at Brickdam Cathedral in Georgetown Guyana at 5pm.Derrick was born on 24th October 1924 in Gibraltar. According to legend he was given the name DERRICK rather than the more usual “Derek” because the priest doing the baptism was more familiar with the cranes on the Royal Naval...
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...
Jesuits who work across the vast Amazonian rainforest are collaborating to protect the world’s largest eco-system – and its peoples – from destruction. Together with their lay partners, they met recently in Manaus, Brazil, with representatives from various non-governmental organisations and funding agencies, as well as from school and university networks, for the launch of the Pan-Amazonian Project.The project, which is an initiative of CPAL, the Conference of Latin American...

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