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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...
Mrs. Uthariyammal Soosai who was Britto Arockiam's grandmother, died today in India around 10:00 am (Guyanese time). She was 84 years old.Britto writesI was so blessed to talk to her yesterday and she told me that "all she wanted now was to attend my priestly ordination" which will happen in less than 5 weeks time and she also said "hope I will stay alive to see it".May she rest in peace.Let us keep Britto and all his family in our prayers at this time.
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

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