Vocations

Christopher and his family on vow day
Three young men gave a powerful witness to their faith and desire to serve by taking simple perpetual vows as Jesuits at the weekend. This marked the end of an exacting and inspiring two years as novices. Their experiences have been rich and varied.Chris Brolly had been a Maths teacher in a Newcastle secondary school. He feels that his two years as a novice have been a process of becoming more human. “The novitiate, gave me a chance to look back at my life and see how God has been working...
Stephen Noon SJ kneels as he professes his first vows
It was 'vow day' last Saturday,  after two years as novices, a time of testing to see if God has called them to join the Society of Jesus, three men were invited by their provincials to take simple and perpetual public vows.  One of them, Stephen Noon entered the novitiate from the cut and thrust of Scottish politics. A member of the SNP, Stephen worked as an assistant to Alex Salmond and an architect of the 'Yes' campaign in the Scottish referendum.Reflecting on the last two years as...
Ruth Morris, Emma Holland, Jane Hellings, Myles O'Reilly SJ, Matthew Power SJ
Four of our British province team were represented at a meeting in Malta this week convened by the Jesuit Conference of European Provincials (CEP) to consider and plan co-operation between vocations promoters and province communications offices in Europe.  Vocations Director Fr Matthew Power SJ was joined by thirteen vocations directors from around Europe including Fr Myles O’Reilly SJ of the Irish Province.The British Province communications team attending were Jane Hellings, Director of...
Br Stephen Power SJ (centre) with the other brothers at GC36
The Treasurer of the Jesuits in Britain is one of six Jesuit Brothers who are taking part as electors in a General Congregation for the first time ever. Brother Stephen Power SJ, who is based at the Curia in central London and is a member of the Community at the Hurtado Jesuit Centre in Wapping, was elected by the Jesuit Conference of Europe. Having entered the Society of Jesus in 1980, Br Power has devoted much of his time as a Jesuit to the social apostolate, especially the Jesuit Refugee...
Vocations director Matthew Power SJ, with Jesuit colleagues at stand 71
Hundreds of thousands of young people gathered in Cracow for the World Youth Day celebrations last week. A surprisingly large number took time to visit the vocations stands that occupied the marquee at the north end of the Cracovia football stadium, on the edge of the city centre. Very evidently many were not there simply to take shelter from the rain before heading over to the adjacent park for one or other of the major liturgical gatherings. They were there because they were curious and open...
Fr Dermot Preston SJ reflects on the place of the vows in the life of a Jesuit. He has worked as a Jesuit in Britain,  South Africa and Guyana and is now Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain.When I was a novice we used to recite this helpful little meditation:“Poverty – to be free, as He was freeChastity – to love generously, as He lovedObedience – to live a life of service, as He served.”As these words illustrate, the contours of the vows are not narrowly...
The following are the current vacancies available at different works of the Jesuits in Britain. Trainee Spirituality WorkerSt Beuno's Jesuit Spirituality Centre in north Wales is offering a six month trainee post to someone with training in retreat direction to work as a trainee retreat director and spirituality worker under supervision, both at St Beuno’s and elsewhere.  There will be opportunities for further training and development. The main place of employment is St Beuno’s...
After the crowds have dispersed: St Peter's Basilica
Fr Jim Crampsey SJ attended the events in the Vatican to mark the end of the Year of Consecrated Life.  There is a passage which appears in the Synoptic Gospels in the context of the first sending out of the disciples which begins 'take no bag'. It is also a key scriptural passage in the Formula of the Institute of the Society of Jesus. Nevertheless the first task in the days for the closing of the Year of Consecrated Life was to collect a bag full of goodies. Tickets for this came with a...
Jesuit brothers meet Pope Francis in Rome, September 2014 - SJweb
Men who dedicate their lives to the Church as a religious lay brother exercise a daily priesthood in their work, even though they are not ordained as priests. This is the view strongly expressed in a long-awaited document from the Vatican about the vocation of men and women who serve in religious institutes without being ordained. The document ‘Identity and Mission of the Religious Brother in the Church’ affirms that although they are not ordained as priests, they still exercise a daily...
The Apostleship of Prayer is the Pope’s own prayer-group. Here is the second of two intentions he asks us to pray in the month of June, 2015.That the personal encounter with Jesus may arouse in many young people the desire to offer their own lives in priesthood or consecrated life.It is, in our country and elsewhere, a matter of deep concern that for several decades there have been far fewer young men and women offering themselves for the consecrated life or the sacred priesthood. Commonly we...

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