Women

As 2018 draws to a close, we reflect on some of the anniversaries that the Jesuits in Britain Archives have researched this year. A universally commemorated event was the centenary of the declaration of peace signifying the end of the First World War. It has been interesting and at times touching to discover more about the Jesuits who served as Chaplains over these past years and learn about their personal experiences as told in their own ‘voice’ in letters, diaries and even artwork.It was also...
Syria has entered its seventh year of crisis. The scale, complexity and severity of the situation and individual needs is as overwhelming as ever.Jesuit Missions supports the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Middle East who have a centre in Damascus and Aleppo providing access to literacy workshops for women.Education is a basic need for all. Many women have grown up in a conservative environment and have been deprived of education in a society that sees men as the workers and women as housewives....
As we continue through Lent towards Holy Week, Good Friday and Holy Saturday we are asked not to rush, not to start preparations for the resurrection, but to wait, to understand our own powerlessness. On International Women’s Day, we begin to listen to the voices of women who, on Holy Saturday, are doing just that. They are women of God, who have been present in Jesus’s life; women whose stories are often told but not always heard; strong women, loving women who, even though they do not fully...
Photo by Diana Simumpande on Unsplash
A new audio resource, Women of God, Women of the Cross, from the Jesuits in Britain introduces you to the women who encountered Jesus during his passion. Using our senses to enter into their stories as we listen to them is not an end in itself, says Gemma Simmonds CJ. The application of the senses, as Ignatius calls it, is an instrument of prayer and discernment, and one that extols faculties that have been – and, too often, still are – associated with women and disparaged. Of all the ways...
St Phoebe, a deacon in the early Church
Several Jesuits are among the members of a commission being set up by Pope Francis to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Catholic Church. The announcement of the group follows a promise made last May during a meeting at the Vatican with some 900 leaders of the world’s congregations of Catholic women religious.The commission will be led by Jesuit Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria SJ, who is secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of...
The Risen Christ appears to Mary Magdalene
A Lent retreat from our colleagues at Pray as you go and Sacred Space reflects on the ‘Women of the Passion’. Some of them we know by name, others we don’t; but all of their lives were transformed by their encounter with Jesus. For International Women’s Day (8 March), Brian Purfield invites us to participate in that transformation by contemplating the experience of one of these women, the first person to whom the risen Christ chose to appear – Mary Magdalene. ...
'Salmon - Boaz - Obed' by Michelangelo
Only five women are mentioned by St Matthew in his genealogy of Jesus, which we are exploring this Advent alongside Pray as you go. Two of the five are Rahab and Ruth, the mother and wife, respectively, of Boaz; and their inclusion reveals some startling truths about faith. David M. Neuhaus SJ asks what we can learn from these women, and from the context in which their stories are told, as we continue to pose the question, Jesus: Who Do You Think You Are?The Gospel of Saint Matthew begins with...
Domestic Violence
Earlier this year, Oscar Pistorious received a five year jail sentence for culpable homicide. The short length of this sentence, and that he can apply for parole after serving ten months in jail, has led to much outrage. But much of this outrage, and almost all of the coverage of the trial, missed the central point that a woman was killed by her partner. Julie Stacey refocuses our attention on the levels of violence against women in South Africa, the factors that perpetuate it, and what can be...