Kevin O'Rourke SJ

Novices at Emo Court
The novitiate in Birmingham serves the Jesuit Provinces of Ireland, Britain and the Low Countries, and each year the novices and novice master undertake a tour of one of the three Provinces. This year, Ireland was the destination and the intended focus of the trip by the eight novices led by Novice Master Fr Simon Bishop SJ, was to attend the National Ploughing Championships at Screggan in county Offaly. First year Irish novice Desmond Gibney takes up the story: “It took some explaining to...
those more than 50 years in the Society
7th September was historically the date Jesuits would take their first vows.  Nowadays the occasion takes place on the first Saturday of September, just ahead of the beginning of the new term so the new Jesuit students can travel to their appointed universities for the first stage of their formation.But today we celebrate the jubilees of seven Jesuits of and in the British province who took their first vows on this day.Fr Michael Bossy (Stamford Hill community) and Fr Frank Hull (Preston...
Fr Frank Hull and Fr Kevin O'Rourke celebrate mass
150 Jesuits and co-workers of  the province meeting honoured  fifteen Jubilarians with a special dinner at the Hayes Christian Conference Trust Centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire on Thursday.Fr Michael Bossy, Fr Francis Hull and Brother James Hodkinson were all present to celebrate 70 years in the Society. Fr Hull, whose double jubilee include 50 years in the priesthood, con-celebrated Mass on Thursday before the dinner, with Fr Kevin O'Rourke, a jubilarian of 50 years in the Society...
First year novices with Fr Kevin O'Rourke SJ
The first year novices start their long retreat today at St Beuno's Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales.The most important part of the two year formation programme for novices, the 30 day silent retreat is made after the first four months of the novitiate.  In his Constitutions for the governance of the Society of Jesus, St Ignatius required that novices undertake a range of “experiments” to explore their vocations.  Alongside making the 30 day retreat novices...