Last week our study focus turned to some of the great men in the history of the Society of Jesus. Throughout the week we novices researched and presented the lives of Francis Xavier, Pierre Favre, Matteo Ricci, Edmund Campion, Jean de Brebeuf, Rupert Mayer, Pedro Arrupe and Alberto Hurtado. As an exercise in reflection I… Continue reading How to Become a Jesuit Saint in Under Twenty Simple* Steps
As mentioned in a blog by Stephen, we recently hosted an ‘enquirers and candidates weekend’ at Manresa House for those considering and applying to join the Society of Jesus. In many of my discussions I was asked by visitors about helpful things I have read which helped develop my understanding of the Society and helped… Continue reading A Jesuit Enquirers Reading List
We said goodbye to Carlos who made his first vows in September and is now engaged in further studies as a Jesuit Scholastic. We are joined by 5 new novices Aurimas & Mantas (from Lithuania), Mark & Bastiaan (from The Netherlands) and Richard (from UK). In addition the community has grown with the addition of… Continue reading News so far…
The story of the Bear and the Nun was written in response to a view that the world is becoming so secular that the notion of a religious life is not considered as a better form of life. Two contrasting symbolic representation of the world today, the ‘Bear’, a strong and fierce animal, which represents… Continue reading The Bear and the Nun
There are several unusual things this week that I could focus on in this post, including a visit to Birmingham Oratory with a tour of JH Newman’s rooms and library; the University of Birmingham Carol Concert; Mass with a gathering of several thousand Syro-Malabar Catholics (http://bhx.smcbirmingham.org.uk/index.html); Mass with the Vietnamese community in Handsworth; my first… Continue reading Meetings Matter!
Communication has been a recurring theme for me in the last couple of weeks. Monday and Tuesday this week we had a course on presentation skills and public speaking. Last week we were and will continue this week to study Jesuit saints. During my reading and listening to my fellow novices talk about saints they… Continue reading Getting the message through
For the last couple of weeks I have been experiencing what are apparently common features of many Jesuits’ lives, namely needing to work on tasks that come up unexpectedly while still trying to do the normal tasks but for which one is not really competent. The unexpected task came from the repeated cries of anguish… Continue reading Theory and practice of religious life