Jim Conway SJ

Cardinal Hummes (r) with Pablo Mora SJ in Guyana in 2016
Fr Jim Conway SJ is returning to Guyana this week to help run the pre-synod meeting of the eastern region of Amazonia. Pope Francis announced the Synod on the Amazon following his trip in January to Porto Maldonado in Peru, when he expressed grave concern for the indigenous peoples and the ecology of the Amazon region.  The pope appointed a pre-synod council to prepare consultation documents to which interested groups respond, and which are analyzed to inform the synod working...
The 2016 Youth Convention in Shulinab, Guyana
A youth convention has taken place in Shulinab, Rupununi (Guyana), at which the central theme was ‘Preserving indigenous culture, rooted in protecting mother earth and nature’.This convention was the first for several years and it was primarily organised to mark and give thanks for the Year of Mercy which concluded on the Feast of Christ the King. More than 170 young, indigenous Catholics – Macushi and Wapishana – gathered in the enormous village benab. Purposely built...
Young Catholics process to the Church of St Aloysius, Tipuru
The Catholic community in Tipuru, Guyana, and the neighbouring region of the Pakaraima Mountains have been celebrating 100 years since the arrival of a British Jesuit to plant the seed of the Catholic faith. It was in November 1916 that Fr Cuthbert Cary-Elwes SJ stepped onto Macushi territory; and this month, more than 500 Catholics gathered at Tipuru to welcome their bishop – Francis Alleyne OSB – and to celebrate their centenary with the Eucharist.Cuthbert Cary-Elwes SJ (1867-1945...
Karasabai in the South Pakaraimas
Jim Conway SJ, Superior at the Lethem Jesuit Community in the interior of Guyana, is just back from Karasabai in the South Pakaraimas district, where the community is building its new Church.“It's inspiring to see the way people are working together to achieve their goal and wonderful to feel the spirit that such a community effort generates” comments Fr Jim. “It is easy to feel God's hovering presence on such occasions as a kind of tacit blessing. Karasabai is such a...
Cardinal Hummes says Mass in Shulinab Village in Central Rupununi
The highest-ranking Vatican official ever to visit Guyana recently completed a three day  visit. Cardinal Claudio Hummes from Brazil is a former archbishop of Sao Paulo and is currently the president of the Commission for Amazonia of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil.The main purpose of the Cardinal’s visit to Guyana is to present the vision of REPAM, which is the Amazonian Church Network formed in 2014. This includes discussing Pope Francis’ recent encyclical...
Jesuits in Guyana are joining others who work across the vast Amazonian rainforest to protect the world’s largest eco-system – and its peoples – from destruction. In January, Jesuits who work in this region of the world launched the Pan-Amazonian Project in Manaus, Brazil. And this week saw the gathering in Rome of a new international network: the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network (REPAM). This was established last year in Brazil and consists of bishops whose territories include Amazon regions,...