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Another year, another London Marathon. But this year was different. It was hot, very hot. In fact it was the hottest ever London Marathon, with a recorded temperature of 24.2C. This came as a shock to many runners after a long, cold and wet winter of training.Over 40,000 runners took to the streets of London on Sunday 22nd April, among them were 29 people taking on the challenge for Jesuit Missions.The 2018 team included a Womble, a Nun, a team of 10 from Mount St Mary’s, two from Malta (...
Sr Theo catechesis with primary children karasabai
This Sunday Sr Theo CJ will run the London Marathon for Jesuit Missions. Her biggest fear? The possibility of being press-ganged into running in a womble costume! But no worries, two members of the JM team are ready for the womble challenge – watch out!For the preparation, she has had the invaluable support of her younger sister Felicity. “It’s been so great to have her companionship and enthusiasm throughout training, Sr Theo comments. Regarding the training itself, due to her natural runner-...
Mario Farrugia, Fr Patrick Magro SJ and Mark Kimario SJ
At 3.30am, four days a week, Fr Patrick Magro SJ closes the door of the Jesuit community residence at Msida and goes on a 20km run. He returns as dawn breaks, in time to join his Jesuit companions in prayer before they start their day’s work.Every weekend the run covers over 30km. Clear night or pelting rain, he runs. And he is running with a purpose.Mark Kimario SJ is a young Jesuit from Tanzania. He is currently serving in Malta, accompanying students at St Aloysius’ College, Birkirkara. He...
Jane and Rupert set off from Dale
For team JM preparing for the 2018 London Marathon, Easter Sunday was the day the training manuals advise should be your longest run, three weeks before marathon day itself (22nd April). After that you are advised to “power-down”, conserve energy and build up nutrition reserves to get you through the big day. Jane Hellings, the Jesuits’ Director of Development & Communications, is running this year and has recruited her son Rupert Holloway onto the team.  They were holidaying...
Chad features towards the bottom of global rankings for governance and human development, and is classified as a ‘fragile state’. During the last fifteen years, Eastern Chad has become the home to over 300,000 Sudanese refugees who have fled conflict in their own country and have settled in thirteen camps over the border.The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) tertiary education programme aims to improve the quality of education in the camps, which in turn will improve the quality of life there. This...
Rebecca with schoolchildren
Jesuit Missions volunteer, Rebecca, was shocked by how far out of her comfort zone she was when she arrived in Dodoma, but quickly realised what a blessing that was.On 20 November 2017, two Jesuit Missions volunteers, Matthew and Rebecca, travelled from the UK to Tanzania. By volunteering with Jesuit Missions, they had signed up to experience a whole new culture, serve communities and put their faith into action. For six months they will be teaching in St Ignatius school in Tanzania’s capital,...
Gabriel, Charlie and Greg
                 As our marathon runners enter the final stage of their training, we meet three Stonyhurst alumni who will be making their contribution to team JM this year - raising money to support the Jesuit Missions work educating refugees in Uganda and empowering women in Darjeeling.Charlie Jolleys and Greg Jansen were friends in the class of 2011.  This will be the first marathon for both of them,...
“I want to be a doctor,” Elizabeth says. “My favourite subjects are biology, chemistry, and physics.” Her friend Rebecca wants to be either a doctor or a journalist.Elizabeth and Rebecca, both 17, and are students at St Mary Assumpta Girls’ school in Adjumani, Uganda, which was recently awarded first place in the region. They’re both Dinka, from Jonglei in South Sudan and are now living as refugees in Northern Uganda. They have been able to attend the school thanks to a sponsorship programme...
Cover J&F issue 99
The Spring edition of Jesuits and Friends has been published and should be delivered to individual subscribers this weekend.  It is available to read online and will be available in parishes, schools, chaplaincies and spirituality centres from next week.The cover of the Spring edition features architects’ drawings of the Holy Name Church in Manchester, now being restored. We have a report on the Jesuit links to the Citizens UK movement which involves many of our parishes, and from JRS...
Photo Credit: Mount St Mary's
A team of ten runners from Mount St Mary’s and Barlborough Hall, in Derbyshire, will be taking on the challenge of running the London Marathon for Jesuit Missions in five weeks. Jesuit Missions Communications Officer Stephanie attended their charity ball on the 10th March to meet the runners and find out more about how their training is going.She said, “It was a fantastic evening; very well organised with a three course dinner, waited on by the sixth form students, followed by a casino. A great...

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