guyana

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...
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.
At 24, I’m one of the youngest members of the province. Whenever I meet people and begin to explain that I’m from Guyana, there is always a brief pause as they try to remember its geographical location. It’s the only English speaking country in South America and is one of the two regions attached to the British Province. I spent most of my life in Guyana until I entered the novitiate in 2011 in Birmingham.I completed the novitiate and took vows in 2013. I’ve since...
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 -...
I was born in 1966, in Oldham. Entered the Society of Jesus in 1997 and was ordained priest in 2008. Between September 2013 and May 2014 I completed a period of Jesuit formation known as Tertianship, so in one way I was between past and future missions as a Jesuit priest. However, just previous to beginning Tertianship I completed a Master’s degree in Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, US, and before that worked for two and a half years as a Parish Priest in Guyana, South...

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