Jesuit Missions

The mural in the grounds of the Divine Providence Cancer Hospital in San Salvador
As the Church today (24 March) marks the 37th anniversary of the assassination of Blessed Oscar Romero in El Salvador, a new mural has been unveiled that looks to honour his legacy and to inspire a new generation to engage with his life. It was completed with the help of Jesuit Missions, working through the Archbishop Romero Trust.The mosaic, entitled 'Monseñor Romero – Open to Those Who Suffer', is by the renowned Salvadoran artist Fernando Llort. It is based loosely on chapter...
By Paul Chitnis, Director of Jesuit MissionsDarjeeling, with its vast tea plantations nestling against the sloping foothills of the Himalayas, is a beautiful region of India. The city itself is spectacular with buildings perched on vertiginously high hills seemingly in defiance of gravity. But its cool climate and Himalayan vistas have a darker side.  The commercialisation of India has led to the closure of many tea plantations.  In some, the tea bushes have been ripped up to be...
Children and parents with their new water filters in Nepal
Staff of the Nepal Jesuit Social Institute (NJSI), which is supported by Jesuit Missions, have organised training on hygiene and sanitation and have distributed water filters to the parents of children with special needs in Sindupalchowk district in Nepal.Sindhupalchok was one of the worst-affected districts when a devastating earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April 2015. While the initial epicentre of the earthquake was in Gorkha district, the highest magnitude aftershock (6.7) took place in...
Sam Aidoo (far right) on a half marathon in Victoria Park, London
Among the runners in next month’s London Marathon will be Sam Aidoo, Jesuit Missions’ Education for Justice Coordinator. She says that her experience of working with Jesuit Missions (JM) has been a strong motivation for her to take part and although she has run in several races before, the London Marathon on 23 April will be quite exceptional.“In the two years I’ve been at Jesuit Missions, I’ve seen how effectively the organisation works with poor and marginalised people,” she says. “About 85%...
Chris Krall SJ outside Jesuit Missions office
Jesuit Missions is fielding a strong team of fourteen runners for the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon.  With the event only six weeks away the team are stepping up the training and calling out for sponsorship.This year a new team member is Fr Chris Krall SJ, an American Jesuit who recently joined the Campion Hall community in Oxford, where he is pursuing a Masters in Sacred Theology with the intention of continuing into a DPhil in Science and Religion. This will be Fr Chris’s...
Some 25,000 riders are expected on the 2017 London-Surrey 100
Jesuit Missions (JM) is inviting you to get on your bike to help raise funds for communities that it supports overseas. JM has secured five places in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 2017 event, which is taking place on 30 July 2017.The 100-mile route begins at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and takes in some of the most beautiful Surrey countryside on the way before ending on The Mall. Around 25,000 cyclists are expected to take part, raising money for their chosen charities. This year,...
A mission of reconciliation and justice: the message from GC36
The Jesuits in the Philippines are intensifying their opposition to the reinstatement of the death penalty in the country and have appealed for prayers from Jesuit Missions supporters in Britain and around the world. Tomorrow (Tuesday), they will be joining a rally in Manila, as the Bill goes for its third reading before Congress.The Jesuit Provincial in the Philippines last month issued a statement regarding the death penalty and the killings happening in the country. Recalling that at...
Pope Francis accepts the Romero Homilies from Julian Filochowski. Osservatore Romano
As the Catholic Church around the world celebrates the centenary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero – and many continue to anticipate his canonisation – Pope Francis has been presented with six volumes of the English translation of the Salvadorian Archbishop’s homilies.The presentation was made by Jesuit Missions Consultant and Chair of the Archbishop Romero Trust, Julian Filochowski OBE, at the end of the Ash Wednesday General Audience on 1 March in St Peter's Square. "I presented a bag with...
Refugees at Jamam Camp, South Sudan: Wikimedia Commons
The Jesuits are responding to the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and other regions of Africa, where the United Nations has warned that 100,000 people are facing starvation. Even before Monday’s declaration that South Sudan is in the grip of a famine and the UK Government’s announcement of £200 million in aid to the country and to Somalia, Jesuit agencies have been distributing food, water and medical supplies and have been supplying humanitarian aid to thousands of communities.The Jesuits...
The Philippines Provincial Fr Antonio Moreno SJ. Credit: Rick Flores
The Jesuits in the Philippines have joined the country’s bishops in condemning efforts to revive the death penalty. Writing to the province last week, Fr Provincial Antonio Moreno SJ described capital punishment as a “wanton disregard for human life”, warning that reinstatement of the death penalty could destroy “an integral ethic of life”.The measure seeking to reinstate capital punishment ‘for heinous crimes’ in the Philippines is currently being...

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