Jesuit Missions

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...
To mark International Women’s Day we look at a women’s empowerment project in northern India supported by Jesuit Missions. For many young women in India, their early life is spent inside the four walls of their own homes. Until three years ago this was the same for Punam Rai, from Darjeeling. She shares her story of standing up to gender equality in India:“Coming from an orthodox Hindu family, my younger days were mostly spent inside the four walls of my house,” says Puman. “Then two and...
Philip Harrison SJ in training on Wimbledon Common
Philip Harrison SJ is a member of the Jesuit Mission London Marathon team for 2018.  He describes his long relationship with running as he gets back into training.Long distance running was a grace that arrived unexpectedly in my late twenties on a cold winter’s morning in Stamford Hill, North London. I was studying philosophy at the time and trying to decide which ethical theory was the one by which I should live. Inspired, I grabbed my shoes (they were not even proper trainers), laced...
Zozan
Today Jesuit Missions has launched its first regular enews bulletin.  This is just one of the inspiring stories you can read about their work.Jesuit Missions supports JRS MENA (Jesuit Refugee Service Middle East and North Africa) helping refugees and internally displaced people build new lives and look to the future with hope. JRS began its work in response to Iraqi refugees fleeing conflict in their country and now provides emergency relief and support to Syrians both in Syria and in...
Coastline houses in Culion
When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013, Jesuit Missions responded with an immediate emergency appeal to support local partner Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB) a Philippine Jesuit run organisation. This partnership has continued as SLB has developed long-term projects for this disaster-prone area.Supported by Jesuit Missions, SLB began the construction of Ecoville in Culion, Palawan in 2015. Ecoville is a housing project designed to be more resilient and safer from future typhoons. It...
School children from Zimbabwe
If you were asked to name the five biggest UNESCO World Heritage Sites from pre-colonial times the first four might be quite easy (answers at the end!). However, the fifth doesn’t have the same profile and might evade even the keenest of World Heritage Site tourists!  It is the former site of the Kings of the Gokomere people, who are the ancestors of the Shona people. Located in the south of the county that takes its modern day name from the site, ‘Great Zimbabwe’ means ‘Big House of...
Sam Aidoo at St Johns Beaumont
Companions programmeLast week Sam Aidoo, our Education Coordinator, visited two primary schools to give updates about their partner schools in Zimbabwe.  The Companions Programme  is a great way for children to learn about another country and understand their culture through receiving updates directly from the children and teachers in that school.On Thursday 23rd Sam visited St Joseph’s in Hurst Green, Lancashire, who are partnered with St Joseph’s Chishawasha in Zimbabwe. Sam was...
Loyola Secondary School Credit Jesuit Missions
Loyola Secondary School (LSS) in Wau, South Sudan, is a mixed day school established by the East African province of the Society of Jesus in 1982. Civil war forced the school to close two years after opening and it did not re-open until 2008 when 180 students were admitted.LSS, which is supported by Jesuit Missions, now has a student population of 587, 320 girls and 267 boys, with 35 teachers and six Jesuits working full time.  The school started 2017 with 700 students but this declined...
Cover image Pope Francis and T Smolich SJ
Don’t forget to pick up your free copy of the winter edition of Jesuits and Friends, available from this weekend in our parishes, chaplaincies and schools.The cover story is by Fr Aloysius Mowe SJ of JRS Europe who puts the refugee crisis into global context, and describes how Pope Francis’ “constant and prophetic” advocacy has empowered Catholic agencies and Jesuit Refugee Service to put pressure on local authorities and national governments.We carry an article by the new provincial Fr Damian...

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