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Mashramani in Guyana 2007, Public Domain/Guyanese Tavern
The people of Guyana, including the Jesuits working in the country, celebrated Guyanese Republic Day - Mashramani –– yesterday. Mashramani, often abbreviated to "Mash", is an annual festival that celebrates Guyana becoming a Republic in 1970 and includes a parade, music and games. The word "Mashramani" comes from an Amerindian language and literally means "the celebration after hard work". It is one of the most colourful of Guyana’s festivals, with spectacular costume competitions, float...
Fr Pedro Walpole SJ
Jesuit Networking has issued a video that summarises some of the insights of a meeting that took place in Loyola, last November, which shows how Jesuit organisations across the world are collaborating to defend the rights of the most vulnerable through 'Networking for Justice'. A document has also been published, which addresses issues such as education, mining and the environment, and explains how initiatives are a combination of global outreach and local initiatives.The group that met in...
Distributing warm clothing to earthquake survivors in Nepal/NJSI
Ten months after the Gorkha earthquake, which killed more than 8,000 in Nepal and injured a further 21,000, the Nepalese Government has begun the reconstruction of the structures that were destroyed. Across many districts of the country, hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless, with entire villages flattened, and Jesuit Missions was able to respond with an immediate grant of £10,000 to assist with the response.The Jesuits in Nepal live and work alongside many of the affected...
Fr Paterne Mombé SJ, Coordinator of AJAN, visits a parish in Mozambique
Jesuits and co-workers who support people suffering with HIV and AIDS in Africa have committed themselves to eliminating the pandemic by 2030. But it needs to be addressed alongside poverty and other diseases; and with the full engagement of the people of the continent themselves.Representatives from the African Jesuits AIDS Network (AJAN) were among the activists and practitioners who joined leading scientists at the 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Zimbabwe. This gathering...
Clare Greenwood trains in Cumbria for the London Marathon
The London Marathon will take place on Sunday 24 April and there is a distinctive international flavour in this year’s Jesuit Missions team. Runners from Germany, Mexico, the USA and the Philippines will be taking part, among the many people who are so generously donating their time and fund-raising efforts in support of the work of Jesuit Missions. The runners include:Christopher Brolly, 27, a first-year Jesuit novice in the British Province based in Birmingham and a first-time marathon runner...
Jesuit Missions produces a wide range of resources for primary & secondary schools
Riding on a wave of some amazing achievements last year, Jesuit Missions is looking forward to another full year of producing thought-provoking resources for schools.Beginning this Lent (which starts on 10 February 2016), Jesuit Missions has prepared Our Common Home - a set of four weekly PowerPoints, designed for school assemblies. It follows a similar format to last year's Great Hope but with an even stronger emphasis on the environment.Week One: Finding God in all thingsWeek Two: The life of...
Fr Ramesh celebrates Mass during the Youth Camp in Guyana
The past year has been full of highlights and many important developments in the various Catholic communities in Guyana, where the Jesuits have served the Catholic population since 1857. As Parish Priest based in Berbice, Fr Ramesh Vanan SJ from Karnataka in India is one of the Jesuits responsible for Pastoral Ministry over many square miles of this beautiful country in South America.  Among the celebrations in Guyana during 2015 was the 90th anniversary of St Francis Xavier Church in...
The Syrian Cedar tree is decorated with prayer requests in Liverpool
Two art works by Jesuit Filipino artist Fr Jason Dy SJ added poignancy to Liverpool City Centre in the run-up to Christmas. His Sites of Refuge sought to engage the public in topical conversation about displacement, refuge and sanctuary.Fr Dy, who has been studying for his MA in Creative Practice in Liverpool, says he hoped to create sites that evoked disruption as well as meditation.The project was comprised of two installations - both of them interactive: a Tree of Refuge located in Clayton...
'The only world we have': Earth from space
Today, as Tim Peake (the first official UK Astronaut to go into space) spends his first full day on the International Space Station, I find myself pondering and marvelling at the limitlessness of human capacity. Admittedly, I even got a little emotional thinking about the bravery and childlike wonder of humanity, which at its very core, pursues the understanding of our world and beyond.With this in mind, I think back to Saturday night as I was enjoying a (somewhat) well deserved (vegetarian)...
The Taize service at the Church of St Ignatius, Paris: Donna Schaper
As environmentalists and social justice campaigners continue to assess the success – or otherwise – of the Climate Change conference in Paris (COP21), Jesuits worldwide are reviewing what the deal struck will mean in practice, especially for the poor communities in which they work. Nearly 200 countries took part in the negotiations to strike a climate deal to cut emissions, which would come into being in 2020, and to allocate $100 billion a year to developing countries for climate control...

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