guyana

The British Provincial, Fr Dermot Preston SJ, has just returned to Britain from a visit to Guyana - a Region of the British Province. Fr Preston was the Regional Superior of Guyana for five years before his appointment as Provincial.While in Guyana last month, he was interviewed by the Catholic TV service, and asked for his reflections on Holy Week and Easter.Watch the interview below.        
Despite the huge geographic gulf between the hinterland and the coast of Guyana, everyone feels they belong to "a great nation", according to Regional Superior Fr Paul Martin SJ. The Jesuits in the country - along with the religious sisters - are particularly active in providing spiritual support to communities across a vast area. These include Brazilians, families and young Guyanese in particular. Guyana is a Region of the British Province and the British Provincial, Fr...
“What’s a baton, then?” asked a small boy standing in front of the Jesuit priest in the crowd in southern Guyana. He was one of the many primary school students who’d gathered, with their teachers and parents, at the airstrip in Aishalton. They waved their flags as a number of Commonwealth delegates alighted from two small aircraft. One of them carried the much-travelled Commonwealth, Queen’s Baton which was swiftly handed to one of the young students who proudly...
Became a Jesuit in 1979. Dermot was appointed provincial in 2011.  His previous jobs have included Socius, Regional Superior in Guyana and chaplain in the University of Cape Town.  He lives in the Mount Street community.
Why did I become a Jesuit ?  I suppose the most obvious answer is that I went to a Jesuit school and was thus educated by Jesuits for 11 years.  Two especially had much influence on me and I felt I wanted to be like them.   I still have a somewhat battered holy picture of Our Lady on the back of which, aged 14½, I wrote: “My dearest mother Mary, today I consecrate you ‘La Bella Donna Della Mia Mente’ and promise you I will never marry but will hold...
I liked serving mass and wanted to escape the army and quarrels over girls ! I thought it would be good to be a Jesuit teacher and be able to play cricket and tennis till I was 50. I had a Jesuit uncle on the missions in Zimbabwe so I guess missions was in the background and in the end I spent a lot of time walking round the Rupununi and Pakaraimas - I hate walking - encouraging basic tribal communities which I enjoyed. Evelyn the Jamaican cook at Stamford Hill says all Jesuits are comedians -...

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