Jesuits & Friends

How are the Jesuits in Britain, and their works and partners, responding to the Covid-19 pandemic? Find out in the next issue of Jesuits & Friends! Owing to the ongoing closures during the Covid-19 pandemic, schools, parishes and other institutions will not be receiving their usual deliveries of the Summer 2020 issue of Jesuits & Friends. However, you can still receive your free copy of the magazine by subscribing to the Jesuits & Friends mailing list...
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...
Jesuits & Friends magazine winter 2019
Before we tell you about this latest edition of Jesuits & Friends, a special thank you to the outgoing editor, Paul Nicholson SJ, who has been editing the magazine for five years and hands over responsibility to Attila Kulcsar, the new Media and Communications Manager for the British Province.  As we approach Christmas, we also look ahead to the New Year. Many of you will know that the bishops of England and Wales have asked that 2020 be a year to focus on the Bible, under the...
RISE Theatre are previous recipients of a grant from JFSJ
Following a visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), a parishioner from Sacred Heart, Edinburgh wanted to arrange a variety of education and outreach talks to raise awareness of the reality of life in OPT, and encourage others to take actions of solidarity. The barrier to this was funding.Thankfully she’d heard about the Jesuit Fund for Social Justice (JFSJ), and made an application for support for these justice education outreach talks, which the committee was delighted to be in a...
Juliet has been coming to the Jesuit Refugee Service Day Centre for over seven years. She’s a strong, independent woman with a wicked sense of humour. As with the majority of the destitute refugees JRS UK walk with through the Day Centre, Juliet is required to ‘report’ with the Home Office on a regular basis. It’s an inflexible administrative process which can be incredibly disorientating.Juliet explains: ‘Oh my God, going to report at the Home Office is the most stressful. Everyone who has...
Clapham Community retreat in Birmingham
On the edge of Clapham Common, the Jesuit house there is now dedicated to welcoming young adults and helping them to engage in caring for our common home, following the teaching of Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’. It is a fairly new project, since the house became available only last summer, and the community was completed only mid-September 2018 with the arrival of Ruth Holgate to join Fr Jim Conway SJ and Fr Dushan Croos SJ. It is like a germinating seed: at the moment it is only a...
Jesuits & Friends Cover
Mid-summer is almost upon us so subscribers to Jesuits and Friends magazine can expect the summer 2019 edition to be delivered in the next few days. The summer edition focusses on the Universal Apostolic Preferences.  For nearly two years Jesuits around the world have been participating in a consultation about the focus and priorities of the Society of Jesus for the next decade.  Four “universal apostolic preferences” were announced recently and the summer edition explores how...
Victims of trafficking who are detained in Immigration Removal Centres are longing to be given a voice, says Beatrice Grasso. JRS UK are helping them to be heard.‘Please help me.’ These words are spoken very often inside Immigration Removal Centres (IRC) as the uncertainty of indefinite detention slowly takes its toll. During one of JRS UK’s regular outreach visits to Harmondsworth IRC, this was Xuan’s (not his real name) desperate plea to the volunteers.The volunteer who accompanied Beatrice...
Han, a refugee friend of JRS
Cristina Pecheanu, Destitution Services Manager at Jesuit Refugee Service UK, shares the importance of the activities run at the centre. ‘I was abandoned by the system, I was neglected and I don’t know how to move forward. So when I came, I found each volunteer trying to put in their best effort to welcome me with my name, which in itself is a source of comfort. Each time, each encounter gives me strength to fight for my life.’These touching words from one of our refugee friends, Han,...
Cover of Jesuits &Friends spring 2019
The Spring edition of Jesuits & Friends magazine has been published and is available in our parishes, schools and spirituality centres.The cover image shows children at the Early Development Centre in Maban, South Sudan, a project supported by readers of Jesuits & Friends via Jesuit Missions in the UK.  Paul Chitnis, Director of Jesuit Missions, recalls his recent meeting in nearby Cuiebet with Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ, a Jesuit who has dedicated the last ten years striving to...

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