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The diversity of cultures and ethnicity in Guyana brings its own challenges to the Jesuits working in the country and their co-workers. The Amerindians of Guyana come from nine different tribes and the challenges of the various cultural and geographical environments from which they originate can often be daunting. This is especially true of the Amerindian children, which is why Fr Jerri Dias SJ, the Jesuit priest responsible for Pastoral Ministry in the Guyanese capital Georgetown, invited two...
The Youth Group of St Francis Xavier's Parish in Port Mourant, Guyana (part of the British Province) recently spent a weekend in Camp Kayuka. One of its members, Ashli Rankin, says it was both uplifting and a mind-opening experience where strong bonds were forged.The motto “those who have ears to listen” provided an anchor for the rest of the activities during the weekend. The group-building exercises which dared you to be honest with God, yourself, and...
Children of the Gaza Strip
My eyes were drenched with tears when I saw a photo of a helpless woman squatting on the debris of her house, in which her family members were killed. A river of tears was flowing from her wearied and hopeless eyes. Her hope is shattered by the bombs and shelling. I was wondering where she would go after all this bloody ordeal. Clearly, she has no house, no family, no money, and no food; has she got any hope left?It is said, ‘Laugh and the whole world will laugh with you; cry and you will...
The work of documentary film-makers in Guyana was recognised last Friday at the climax of the 2014 Loyola Documentary Film Festival. The Festival had been organised by Catholic TV Guyana, an apostolate of the Jesuits of Guyana, which is a Region of the British Province. It was staged with the support of the country’s Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport.“The Loyola Documentary Film Festival aims to promote and create awareness among people on socio-economic and cultural issues that...
Bernard Darke was born in 1925 and became a Jesuit in 1946, having served in the Royal Navy during the war.  During formation at Heythrop Bernard maintained his involvement in the scouting movement and developed an interest in photography.  He taught at Wimbledon College in the 1950s and following ordination in 1958, went out to Guyana (then British Guiana) in 1960, where he taught scripture and maths at St Stanislaus College in Georgetown.  He transformed the local scout troop...
Monday July 14, marks the 35th anniversary of the death of English-born Jesuit Father Bernard Darke, who lived and worked in Guyana for 20 years. Fr Darke was a part-time photographer for the Catholic Standard. He was killed while taking photos of an anti-government demonstration in Brickdam, which was triggered by the appearance in court that morning of four members of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA). They were charged with arson in connection a fire which destroyed the Ministry of...
Jesuit Missions in the UK has helped to fund a translation of the New Testament into Wapishana, the language of the Wapichan peoples of south west Guyana. This is the first time ever,  these tribal communities in the Rupununi region of the country have been able to hear and read the word of God in their own tongue and the arrival of the books was a cause of major celebration, as the video below shows.Among those to witness this remarkable event was British Jesuit Fr Jim Conway SJ, the...
To celebrate the visit of Father General Adolfo Nicolás SJ to Guyana last month, the Jesuits of the Region have produced a special edition of their newsletter Guyjest. It provides a photographic record of his meetings and conversations with young Jesuits, lay co-workers (pictured) and members of the Region from various ministries and apostolates. Read it here.  Guyjest May 2014 .pdf
Last weekend, the Jesuits in Guyana welcomed Fr Adolfo Nicolás, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus on a brief visit to the country. Fr General was on his way to a meeting in Mexico for all the Jesuit Provincials of Latin America and the Caribbean and had asked to visit some of countries where Jesuits are working. The limitations of travel within the region meant that he was only able to spend a brief time in each place; however he saw to it that every minute of that time was...
Next week, Fr General Adolfo Nicolás SJ will be setting off for a series of meetings in Latin America. His trip will begin next Friday 25 April, when he will be visiting Guyana, a Region of the British Province.The Jesuits first came to Guyana in 1857 and they currently have three communities in the country.  Guyana is the only English-speaking country on the South American continent. It is the size of the United Kingdom but has fewer than a million inhabitants. Both culturally and...

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