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Martin Scorsese directs Andrew Garfield on the set of 'Silence': Kerry Brown/Paramount Pictures
Actor Andrew Garfield has been speaking about his experience of undertaking a seven-day silent retreat at St Beuno’s spirituality and retreat centre in North Wales, in preparation for his role in the Martin Scorsese film Silence, which is due to be released in the UK in the New Year. Scorsese has been passionate about making the film since he read Shūsaku Endō’s novel of the same name back in 1989; and it is due to receive its premiere in the Vatican within the next few weeks.The...
Liam Neeson in 'Silence'
Paramount Pictures have confirmed that Martin Scorsese’s much anticipated film about two 17th century Jesuit missionaries will be released in the United States shortly before Christmas, with wider distribution in the New Year.Silence is based on the novel of the same name by Japanese author Shūsaku Endō, and it has been Scorsese’s passion to turn it into a film since 1991. Various problems delayed the project going into production until April 2013, when Scorsese said he would begin...
Black and white photograph of Fr Augustus Law SJ
This year marks the 140th anniversary of the completion of St Aidan’s College in South Africa. At its opening, 31 January 1867, the community consisted of three Jesuit priests and three Jesuit brothers. In this blog post we remember the life of Fr Augustus Law, one of those founding Fathers.  Augustus Law was born 21 October 1833 and entered the Society 15 January 1854 after a career in the navy, during which he converted to Catholicism. In the ten years between entering the...
Two Jesuit priests have visited remote areas of Guyana where the Catholic communities have been without a pastor for eight years. The South American country is a Region of the British Province.Fr Amar Bage SJ and Fr Marlon Innes SJ undertook the arduous trip to Matthew’s Ridge and Arakaka in North West Guyana. While at Matthew’s Ridge, they celebrated Mass in the primary school because the church building had collapsed. The small congregation of seven women, one man and a girl of seven years of...
The Italian Jesuit, Fr Paolo Dall'Oglio SJ, has been awarded the Nobel Missionary Prize by the Missionary Association, Cuore Amico Fraternità. The Association cited Fr Dall'Oglio's "great witness and strong commitment to interreligious dialogue" as the reason for deciding to make the award. Fr Dall'Oglio (left) served for 30 years at the Deir Mar Musa, a sixth-century monastery 50 miles north of Damascus. He has been credited with the reconstruction of the...
An epic story about Jesuit missionaries in 17th century Japan is due to go into production next month, under the direction of Martin Scorsese, according to reports. Years of delays and litigation have hampered his ambition to turn Shusaku Endo’s book Silence into a film, but now it appears that plans are moving forward.Liam Neeson has apparently been secured to play the role of Jesuit Father Ferreira who risked persecution and even death to bring the Gospel to Buddhists in Japan, with...