Jesuits in Britain

Two British Province novices, Dunstan Rodrigues and John Bosco Noronha, and a Sri Lankan, Thiranjala Weerasinghe, took their First Vows in Birmingham last Saturday.Jesuit formation, or the training of Jesuits, normally takes between 8 and 17 years, depending on the man's background and previous education, and Final Vows are taken several years after that, making Jesuit formation among the longest of any of the religious orders.  The three men have completed two years in the novitiate,...
Over the past nine days we have travelled on pilgrimage around the country visiting each of our parishes in turn. Today, on his feast, we visit the church dedicated to St Ignatius in Stamford Hill, London. Jesuit Scholastic, Christopher Brolly, had this to say:"Our last day of this Novena is a day for which to be thankful. Spending time in thanksgiving together is not just the perfect way to bring this Novena to a close, it's also the perfect way to celebrate the patron saint of this parish and...
St Ignatius of Loyola is a saint of many roles. Some like to remember him as an ex-military man. But he was also in his time variously a tongue-tied mystic, an ascetical pilgrim, a mature student, a man of affairs and a meticulous administrator. And Rubens made sure that no one before or since has ever looked as good in a chasuble as Ignatius did. For me, in the strange and turbulent time we are now living through, a particular angle is emerging which speaks to contemporary concerns. He is...
As we approach the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola on 31st July, please join us in praying a novena over these next 9 days from each of our Jesuit parishes in England and Scotland. Today's novena comes from St Wilfrid's Church in Preston. As you can see in today's video, the post-lockdown church is different to the one that closed down in March. The main entrance is closed and you enter and exit by different doors, avoiding the porch area. Younger members of the choir and the bookshop teams...
As we approach the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola on 31st July, please join us in praying a novena over these next 9 days from each of our Jesuit parishes in England and Scotland. Today's novena comes from Sacred Heart Church in Edinburgh. The Jesuits are resident next door to the church and are involved with the chaplaincy to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. The parish celebrates Mass every day of the week as well hosts saying the Rosary every weekday lunch time. In addition, the...
Stonyhurst College
As we approach the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola on 31st July, please join us in praying a novena over these next 9 days from each of our Jesuit parishes in England and Scotland. Today's novena comes from St Peter's & St Joseph's Church in Stonyhurst. Fran is one of the parishioners and the Caritas representative for the parish:"We're asked to be missionary disciples and reach out to the community as a whole... we have supported the Hummingbird Project which has seen us welcome and...
As we approach the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola on 31st July, please join us in praying a novena over these next 9 days from each of our Jesuit parishes in England and Scotland. Today's novena comes from the Church of the Immaculate Conception in London, which is affectionately known as 'Farm Street'. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ is priest in charge:"We're a gathered community from all around London and much further afield and we have a large digital community also through social media and...
As we approach the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola on 31st July, please join us in praying a novena over these next 9 days from each of our Jesuit parishes in England and Scotland. Today's novena comes from St Anselm's Church in Southall which is home to a vibrant community including Tamil, Urdu, Polish and Portuguese speakers. The Society of Jesus has worked tirelessly over the years to share Ignatian spirituality with those living in the parish.  Faced with an absent...
The interior of St Aloysius Church, Glasgow
As we approach the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola on 31st July, please join us in praying a novena over these next 9 days from each of our Jesuit parishes in England and Scotland. In today's novena, Fr Dermot Preston SJ reflects on the life of St Ignatius from St Aloysius Church in the heart of Glasgow: "If I was spending too much time praying, I could almost feel St Ignatius coming down, tapping me on the shoulder and saying 'Dermot, what are you doing here?' Because the task is to...

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