Jesuits

There are so many stories of people whose lives have been impacted by the work of the Jesuits, in the UK and throughout the world.You may have experienced a positive change in your life because of a Jesuit or Jesuit-ministry. It might have been when you were at school, in church, during a retreat,or a story you heard. Which Jesuit or Jesuit work has impacted your life the most? Could you support a Jesuit this Advent and change a life? Support A Jesuit this AdventToday, as we approach...
AVID (the Association for Visitors to Immigration Detainees) delivered a training session for JRS UK volunteers at the end of January. The training covered current issues in detention, focusing especially on recent changes in legislation, and provided an overview of the rights of people held in immigration detention, concentrating on key issues such as access to healthcare and legal advice.Volunteers were given a space where they could test crucial skills in a safe environment, trying their...
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...
Guests at the volunteers party
On Friday 26 January, St Aloysius’ Church held a party for their volunteers, in the Multicultural Centre next door to the church.The event was the church's way of thanking the many volunteers who contribute time and skills to help keep the church running. Some of the things the volunteers do include helping during mass, keeping the church clean and beautiful, and singing in the choirs. Some  organize church events, work in the shop, and bake, and there is a team of specialist volunteers...
Mrs. Karen Keeton
Barlbrough Hall School recently announced that Mrs. Karen Keeton has been appointed to the Headship of the school.It is also a role which she has taken as acting head over the past year.She is described as a: ‘knowledgeable educationalist with a firmcommitment to the wellbeing of every member of the Barlborough Hall schoolcommunity.’Over the last year Mrs. Keeton displayed strong leadership, stability and continuity for the school. Balborough Hall has seen growth, development and outstanding...
Henry Longbottom SJ (centre front row) with co-workers
Between 6 to 17 November, over 30 Jesuits and co-workers belonging to the Ecojesuit network participated in events during the UN COP23 climate change conference held in the German city of Bonn. Among them were two members of the Jesuit European Social Centre team, Peter Rožič SJ and Henry Longbottom SJ, pictured front row, third from right. COP23 – What happened on the international stageConference of Parties (“COP”) summits take place annually.  This year, nearly 200...
A remarkable life was remembered last week at a special event in West London. It was the 10th anniversary of the death of Brother Daniel Faivre SG who did so much to promote interfaith relationships in a very diverse part of the city.  People gathered together at St Anselm’s parish, Southall for an interfaith celebration day, reflecting on the Care of Creation and remembering how Brother Daniel dedicated 28 years of his life to encouraging harmony and understanding between different faith...
European Jesuits in Lebanon with the Maronite patriarch
Twenty-five young Jesuits from eighteen countries have begun a three-week long meeting in the Middle East.Mostly from Europe, they also include a Jesuit from Tanzania and another from Vietnam. Peter O'Sullivan is representing the British Province.A key theme of the meeting is the refugee crisis in the Middle East. This is felt acutely in a relatively small country such as Lebanon, with 4 million Lebanese hosting 2 million refugees from Syria. The group has visited a series of refugee camps...
Titus Oates - An exact discovery
An interesting article in The Independent on 7 August 2017 put ‘fake news’ into a deeper historical context.Its author, Linda Kiernan, a lecturer in French history at Trinity College Dublin, focused on the febrile climate of 17th Century Europe. At a time when civil wars and unrest beset Western Europe, in Britain the widely believed ‘fake news’ (known as the Popish Plot) was that the Jesuits were planning to do away with Charles II in favour of his Catholic younger brother, James. With...
Fr Peter Hackett
Fr Peter Hackett celebrated his 60th Diamond Jubilee last Sunday.Members of the community gathered together in festive spirits to mark the ocassion. Fr Peter entered the novitiate in January 1942 when he was 18 and taught during his time in the ministry. After being ordained in 1957, he became the headmaster of Wimbledon College in the 70s and 80s. Fr Peter currently lives in Boscome, Dorset in the Corpus Christi retirement community. His younger brother, Paul Hackett SJ is a priest at...

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