Jesuits in Britain

Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, has appointed Fr Peter McIsaac SJ (54) to lead the Jesuits in Guyana and Jamaica as Regional Superior. Fr McIsaac will take up his new role on 1st July.He succeeds fellow Canadian, Fr Chris Llanos SJ, who will be returning to Canada for medical treatment following recent health concerns.Fr McIsaac entered the Jesuit novitiate in Guelph, Canada in 1989. After philosophy studies in Chicago, he was sent for...
On Saturday 30th of May the universal Church will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost.COVID-19 has affected the entire human community. What better response than to pray together, "Come, Holy Spirit, and renew the face of the Earth!" We will pray for God's Spirit to descend powerfully upon us during a half-hour vigil on May 30 at 7pm BST.In these past months we all have experienced the devastation of CoVid-19. It has shown how vulnerable we are, how precarious our systems and limited our...
The Jesuit Conference of European Provincials has re-echoed Pope Francis’s call for the European Union to overcome its internal rivalries and to see itself once again as single supportive family.In a statement issued on the 75th anniversary of VE Day, more than 20 Jesuit Provincials from Europe and the Middle East said the EU needed to respond to the current pandemic with a new approach to globalisation that would show greater solidarity with poorer countries around the world and with refugees...
Pray As You Go has launched a new Alexa skill to allow more people to use its daily prayer app that receives more than 30 million visits a year to its English language version. The virtual assistant A.I. technology - used in Amazon’s Echo range of products - offer hands-free operation for everyone, adding new accessibility for people with a vision impairment or with limited mobility or dexterity. Alexa facilitates independence of connection in a contemporary way allowing more people...
On the feast of St Joseph we celebrated the last public Mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Edinburgh.This followed the announcement by the Bishops of Scotland to suspend public Masses due to the coronavirus outbreak. During his homily, Fr William Pearsall SJ, spoke of St Joseph as the patron saint of changed plans. This reflection was appropriate as in the subsequent days Fr William and I developed a number of plans to reach out to our parishioners and as further restrictions were placed by the...
Nestlé has taken the decision to hold their 2020 AGM behind closed doors, despite other companies holding their AGMs online. Jesuit Missions' Campaigns and Communications Officer, Clare Purtill, has asked them a question today on behalf of Jesuits in Britain, who are shareholders in Nestlé. Clare asks: "How does Nestlé plan to improve the amount of healthy products available beyond its current commitments?" While Nestlé have committed to...
In the distant BC (before COVID) era, around 25 people worked in the Curia offices next to Farm Street church in central London.As well as the Provincial and Socius, his assistant, there were managerial and secretarial staff, the Jesuit Media Initiatives, the finance department, Province healthcare officials, the archives team, the safeguarding office, and others. In the last month, since the lockdown, all except the Provincial (Damian Howard) and the Socius (myself, Paul Nicholson) are working...
In this latest edition we get to know five Jesuit Scholastics studying philosophy in Paris.All have been through the two-year Novitiate at Manresa House in Birmingham and all have made their first vows to the Society of Jesus. Now they are immersed in the first years of Jesuit formation, a mind-expanding period of study, prayer and reflection during which their vocation will become clearer.Editor of Jesuits & Friends, Attila Kulcsar, travelled to Paris twice before the coronavirus...
Livestreaming at Farm Street Church in MayfairAfter some technical difficulties, the team at Farm Street have set-up a livestream. The daily schedule includes the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 12:30 - 1, and Mass at 6pm. You can watch both by clicking here. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ is the priest at Farm Street. He said: "Livestreaming from Farm Street Church will be a vital tool for us during this crisis. Our aim is to gather together our scattered community around the eucharist as much as...
The Jesuits in Britain have just published information comparing what it pays to its male and female employees in line with its legal obligations.In April 2019 the Jesuits in Britain employed 362 people, of whom 256 (71%) were female. This is similar to the April 2018 figure, when we had 346 employees, of whom 249 were female (72%).The large percentage of female employees reflects the high number of women teachers employed by the Jesuits in Britain in primary education at Donhead Preparatory...

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