India

Indian Jesuit Fr Vijay D’Souza SJ – based in Oxford – has been awarded graduate funding by the Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Foundation. It will help him undertake three years of research on and documentation of the Hrusso Aka language of Arunachal Pradesh in North East India. Fr Vijay is a member of the Kohima Region of the Society of Jesus, an area known for its linguistic and cultural diversity: it is estimated that it is home to more than 200 distinct and indigenous cultures and...
Father Alexis Prem Kumar SJ has thanked God and the Indian Prime Minister for his release. He is expecting to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi today after arriving back in Delhi yesterday.Indian Jesuit Fr Prem Kumar was abducted by the Taliban from Herat in Afghanistan on 2 June 2014. Indian officials said they would not be sharing details of the efforts that led to his release. However, as he emerged at Delhi airport, he told the waiting press: “God has saved me, I thank him first. It is...
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...
Joseph Mathew SJ who has been serving as deacon at Farm Street Church in London was ordained to the priesthood last Friday, the feast of the Assumption. He is pictured here in his Syro-Malankaran robes, following his ordination.Fr Joseph was ordained at St Mary's Malakara Catholic Church, Vakayar, India, with Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos, Head of the Malankara Syrian Catholic Church, presiding. He celebrated his first Mass in the same church on Sunday morning, in the presence of Most Rev...
Pope Francis has appointed Father Francis Serrao SJ as Bishop of Shimoga in India. Father Serrao (pictured) is currently Provincial of the Karnataka Province, from where several Jesuits are serving in Guyana at present.Fr "Frankie" Serrao joined the Society of Jesus in 1979 and was ordained a priest in 1992. He has ample experience in parish ministry and administration as well as in social action ministries in India.  He has served as Mission Superior in Anekal and...
Thomas Stephens was born in Wiltshire around 1550, becoming a Catholic after studies in Oxford.  He travelled to Rome and became a Jesuit in 1575.  He was missioned to Goa in Portuguese India by Fr General Everard Mercurian where he arrived in 1579, possibly the first Englishman to set foot in India.  He served as parish priest and Superior in Salcete, Goa until his death in 1619.  He is best remembered for his linguistic and literary scholarship.  Known as the Father...
A Jesuit hailed as an outstanding communicator is being honoured at the SIGNIS World Congress taking place in Rome this week. Canadian, Fr Gaston Roberge SJ (pictured) was a pioneer of media education in India; he will receive a SIGNIS Life Achievement Award, alongside Mgr Roland Abou Jaoude, the founder of the Catholic Information Centre in Lebanon. The SIGNIS Life Achievement Awards recognise SIGNIS members who have made outstanding contributions in the field of Catholic communication....