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CONTENTS

From the editor... FOR MANY DECADES, indeed centuries, the Jesuits were best known as school-teachers. Even today the British Province numbers eleven schools – five high schools and six primary or preparatory – among its works. Two of these are currently celebrating significant milestones. Mount St Mary’s, an independent day and boarding school outside Sheffield, was founded 175 years ago this year. Meanwhile Wimbledon College, originally a grammar school and now a South London comprehensive, reaches its 125th anniversary. In this edition of Jesuits and Friends you can not only read what the schools are doing to mark these significant dates, but also discover something about the kind of education that they currently offer.

Living as we do in rapidly changing times, it is becoming ever clearer that education doesn’t end when you leave school, but needs to be a life-long process. One way in which the Jesuits continue to promote learning among young adults is by their association with the Faith in Politics internship programme, set up by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. On page 14, one of the current interns describes the programme and what it has meant so far to those selected to take part. She draws inspiration from the words of Saint John Paul II, who said that “we must incarnate the gospel in our social and political lives”. One aim of Jesuit education, however it is carried out, is to shape “men and

women for others”. Refugees, asylumseekers, and those who have been subject to human trafficking are frequently seen as “others” in British society today. So they are at the heart of the British Province’s social ministry. This focus for Jesuit work was re-affirmed by last autumn’s General Congregation, and several of the articles here offer an insight into this easilyoverlooked world of isolation, poverty and exploitation. A number of methods by which you might yourself get involved or offer your support are suggested. Which is a good reminder to thank you for all the various ways in which so many of you continue to support the mission of the Society of Jesus today. Paul Nicholson SJ

In this issue... 04 Denis Blackledge SJ on a new TV drama set in Liverpool

06 GC 36: Stephen Power SJ and

the Jesuit Brothers’ experience; Paul Nicholson SJ reviews the documents

15 Taking to the streets of Mayfair, by Chris Pedley SJ, Chaplain to the Farm Street SVP

16 Why the Resurrection is the theme for an art exhibition: Rebecca Gormally

08 Jesuit Missions’ response

18 Praying with the Pope:

09 Paul Chitnis writes about

19 Peter O’Sullivan SJ shares what

10 Megan Knowles of JRS UK

20 Jan Graffius and Joe Reed explore

to the global refugee crisis

unseen India

considers practical responses to the needs of refugees and asylum seekers

12 Schools’ anniversaries: 125 years

of Wimbledon College and Mount St Mary’s 175-year history

David Stewart SJ

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his regency involves

Stonyhurst’s Collections, Libraries and Archives

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22 20 years of the London Marathon: Richard Greenwood

23 Obituaries

14 Nina Mattiello Azadeh on an

internship scheme aimed at linking faith with politics

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COVER FEATURE  Broken

Broken for you Being religious advisor to a new TV series gave Denis Blackledge SJ the chance to help actor Sean Bean understand what it means to be a Catholic priest today

THIS SPRING, a new six-part television drama about a parish priest based in the north of England will be screened on BBC One. Broken deals with heart-wrenching struggles faced by a handful of parishioners, plus Fr Michael Kerrigan’s own human vulnerability. Sean Bean (Sharpe, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings) plays the lead; and St Francis Xavier’s Church in Liverpool (SFX) provided the setting for the northern parish, St Nick’s. Broken was scripted by Jimmy McGovern, a well-known Liverpool writer and alumnus of SFX College. The series had been germinating with him for some three decades, and he was making changes even as the filming took place, so that it was as up to date as possible. It has been produced by Liverpool-based LA Productions, led by Colin McKeown; and its two

Directors, Ashley Pearce and Noreen Kershaw, were meticulous in their preparation, determined to make the personality and humanity of Fr Michael come over with total authenticity.

“The Directors were determined to make the personality and humanity of Fr Michael come over with total authenticity” They wanted to know what it was like to be a Catholic priest working in an urban environment in the early 21st century. It starts in the guts, I told them; then it goes through the heart of a man who knows his own strengths and weaknesses, vulnerabilities and

A star in its own right: SFX Church in Liverpool. All photos: Tony Blake

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personal history. Eventually, it comes out in a compassionate understanding approach, with open eyes, listening ear and heart, taking individuals as they come, no matter what the situation. Over nine full 12-hour days of filming, our own church of St Francis Xavier became a star in its own right. Actors, extras and directors alike loved the place, saying it had the “Wow!” factor. Sean came with his PA to our Sunday Mass the day before shooting began, to get the feel of the place, and to see how I led our family Mass. He had to know how to be the celebrant at the Eucharist, and I went through the script beforehand to make sure that all the texts used were the current ones word-for-word; I then quietly showed Sean how to lead the Mass at various stages. It was very satisfying to see how Sean grew into the part, and how


Broken  COVER FEATURE

bread. Only by accepting his own brokenness can any priest truly live a Eucharistic life, and echo Jesus in his compassionate approach to those whose lives he is privileged to reach out to. This comes across strongly in this TV series.

“Only by accepting his own brokenness can any priest truly live a Eucharistic life, and echo Jesus in his compassion”

The First Communion Mass involved 200 extras, including 40 children

seriously he took his role to be a man gifted with priesthood.

Moving individual stories We loaned the company a best white chasuble when we were inundated one day with over 200 extras – including 40 children – for a First Communion Mass. Sean was a quick learner, and easy to work alongside. At one point, he even came to me and said: “Some children are not doing it right, Denis, receiving Communion!” Among the moving individual stories that unfold in the series, Sean had to hear confession, take communion to the sick and dying, and deal with the dead. We filmed in a local cemetery, a hospital mortuary, and a funeral home where a mother was grieving over her dead young son’s body. All the details were beautifully staged, complete with crucifix, rosary and candles. I was constantly being asked: “How do we do this, Denis?” or “Have we got this right?” And there were often quiet asides with Sean, just to boost his confidence in his amazing privileged role. The odd pastoral tip – maybe adding a word or two to the script – helped to make it even more human and down to earth. Sometimes a touch of the person or body enhanced the depth of humanity in a particular scene. And on those pastoral situations when words don’t matter, sometimes only a hug will do.

A fully-earthed human being What was striking for me was the immense trust put in me by key members of the team, beginning with Jimmy McGovern, who wrote the whole touching series centred on a Catholic Parish Priest. Jimmy wanted everything in every way to be as correct as possible, not least in celebrating the Eucharist, which is key to the whole series. Any priest is meant to live with a Eucharistic mind and heart, centred on the four aspects that Jesus spoke of when initiating the greatest gift he could give. Jesus took the bread, Jesus blessed the bread, Jesus broke the bread, Jesus gave the

For me as a priest who has worked in parishes up and down Britain, from Edinburgh to Bournemouth, working on Broken has given me fresh hope and encouragement, for it portrays the priest as a fully-earthed human being. His awareness of his own vulnerability and heartfelt struggles enables him to bring deep compassion to those whose lives he is privileged to reach out to and touch each day. When the six episodes are screened – not only on BBC One but reaching audiences around the globe – it will be fascinating to see the impact on the way the priesthood is viewed in the Catholic Church in 2017. l

WATCH THE SERIES Check TV listings to find out when Broken will be broadcast

Ashley Pearce, Denis Blackledge SJ, Sean Bean, Colin McKeown and Jimmy McGovern

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GC36  The Brothers

Discretion without seeking fame or fortune Stephen Power SJ looks back on the part played by Jesuit Brothers at the 36th General Congregation

the Vatican Observatory. The experience of being together in Rome led us as Brothers to reflect further on this particular vocation. We also had to consider where to position ourselves at the big liturgies when surrounded by nearly 200 fully-vested priests. Most Jesuits are flexible on liturgical preferences so this was not too difficult; and perhaps the best evaluation of the innovation of our presence was that very few, if any, Jesuits felt uncomfortable with it: it seemed a natural development. GC36 was the first Congregation to use tablets for voting. All photos: SJ Curia

THERE WERE SEVERAL firsts at the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus last year. It was the first time tablets had been used by the members for electronic voting, making it a ‘paperless’ Congregation. GC36 elected the first Superior General from outside of Europe: Fr Arturo Sosa SJ from Venezuela. It was the first time that a General Congregation had been addressed by a Jesuit Pope. And it was also a first for six Jesuit Brothers, who took part in the General Congregation as ‘electors’, those who vote for a new Superior General and his assistants. The decision to involve Brothers so fully in this – the highest governing body of the Society – had been taken at the 35th Congregation; so each Jesuit Conference (in effect, each continent) elected a Brother to participate. This development was a significant adaptation of ‘Our Way of Proceeding’ (Jesuit jargon for the way we do business). 6  Jesuits & Friends Spring 2017

The Brothers who took part in GC36 in Rome hold a variety of jobs as Jesuits. One is a spiritual director, while another is a Province Socius, the Provincial’s assistant. Two are teachers at various levels; I am the British Province’s Treasurer; and the North American delegate is the director of

One body – different functions The question and answer session with Pope Francis gave us the opportunity to hear his views on the vocation of the Brothers. “… In the brothers I knew,” he said, “I was impressed by their special sense, the ability to ‘smell’ that they had when they said, for example: ‘Watch that father, I think he needs special help …’ The brothers I have known often had great discretion.

Brothers at GC36: Ian Cribb (Asia Pacific), Eudson Ramos (Latin America), Guy Consolmagno (North America), Stephen Power (Europe) and Thomas Vaz (S. Asia)


The Documents  GC36

And they helped! The brother realised, before any other community members, what was happening. I do not know how to express it. I believe that there is a specific grace here and we must find what God’s will is for the brother right now, and we also have to find how to express it.”

GC36: The Decrees Paul Nicholson SJ puts the Decrees of GC36 into context and looks to the future

“We must find what God’s will is for the brother right now ... and how to express it”

At the time of the Congregation, both Fr Sosa, the new General, and Pope Francis strongly denounced forms of clericalism that still show themselves. Francis said: “Clericalism, which is one of the most serious illnesses that the Church has, distances itself from poverty.” And when Father General met with us, he reaffirmed his personal gratitude to the Brothers in fostering his own vocation and said how he first and foremost sees the Society as one body of those with a Jesuit vocation, with some men having different functions within in. On 31 October 2017, we will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of the Jesuit Brother, St Alphonsus Rodriguez. This is surely a time to reflect on the characteristics of this particular vocation. Much of our modern culture reflects an infatuation with celebrity status and ‘impact’ politics, which indulge in sensationalism or elaborate claims. By contrast, a Jesuit Brother’s vocation works quietly within the mission of the Society of Jesus, whose members are ministers of reconciliation through the Church, as most broadly defined. It is not a vocation for someone seeking fame or fortune; but, for the would-be follower of Christ poor, it offers a wonderful opportunity to be imbedded in His life and work. l

WHAT IS A BROTHER? Visit jesuit.org.uk/vocations/ who-we-are/priests-and-brothers

Pope Francis flanked by GC36 Secretary, Orlando Torres SJ, and Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ. Credit: SJ Curia

FOR THE FIRST 400 YEARS of the Society of Jesus, the Decrees of a General Congregation were few in number and short in length, mostly legally-framed responses to specific questions affecting the Society. All that changed with General Congregation 31 (1965/66) however: the documents of the Second Vatican Council were galvanising the Church, offering encouragement not just to Church members but to all “people of goodwill”. GC31 tried a similar approach: its documents explored what it meant to be a Jesuit, and to live religious life, in a world of increasing globalisation and rapid change. GC32 was influenced by the liberation theology deeply affecting Latin America and committed Jesuits world-wide to “the service of faith” and “the promotion of justice”; while GC34’s emphasis was on respect for local cultures and engagement in inter-religious dialogue. The key document of GC35 contemplated an image of faith as “a fire that kindles other fires”. The texts of GC36 are relatively short, but no less powerful for that. One emphasises that the contemporary

mission of Jesuits must involve work for reconciliation if it is to achieve justice; another innovative document is addressed as a letter to fellowJesuits living in zones of war and conflict. And it is clear too that the record of the conversation between the GC36 delegates and the first Jesuit Pope will continue to provide an important lens through which to view its decrees. In his Introduction to the Decrees, Fr Provincial Dermot Preston SJ says it was a wonderful gift to attend GC36. “I found it allowed me to meet with, to pray alongside, to listen to, to encounter, and occasionally to argue with, a wonderfully exotic array of impressive men from a myriad number of Provinces, cultures and traditions.” Our task now is to let that experience influence the everyday life of the Society as it continues the mission inherited from Ignatius: to serve the Lord alone, and the Church, his spouse, under the Roman Pontiff. l

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JESUIT MISSIONS/JRS  Refugees

Displaced and forgotten As the refugee crisis continues, Jesuit Missions and Jesuit Refugee Service continue their work around the world

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Refugees supported by a JRS West Africa education project. Credit: Jacquelyn Pavilon/JRS

THERE ARE NOW more refugees than ever before. Many of these communities are not only forgotten but also unwanted and stigmatised. On average, a refugee is displaced from their home for 17 years. There is a risk that during this time a whole generation will miss out on an education. Jesuit Missions continues to fund JRS projects in the Middle East and many areas of Africa. Its 2016 Christmas Appeal raised money for JRS' work in West Africa and your support means

we can provide formal education, teacher-training, psycho-social accompaniment for war-affected children, peace and reconciliation workshops and adult literacy classes. In Chad, JRS education projects reach tens of thousands of children and teachers in Sudanese refugee camps. JRS also runs a programme for the reintegration of former child soldiers. And in the Central African Republic, the focus is also on education, pastoral ministry and peace-building for internally displaced people and others.

NO TICK BOX FOR ASYLUM Danielle Vella of JRS Europe spent three months in 2016 documenting the stories of a number of refugees arriving in Europe. She met Yasmin, a 19-year-old from Somalia who had fled from her country to escape Al-Shabaab. When Yasmin first landed in Lampedusa, she was given a form and was asked to tick the reason for her journey; there was no box for asylum so she ticked ‘work’. Yasmin was told she had seven days to leave the country.

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Turned out onto the streets, Yasmin found another girl from Somalia, Amina, sleeping rough. Eventually, they were brought to JRS Italy, where a JRS lawyer, Riccardo Campochiaro, is helping to file their asylum applications. Yasmin and Amina are waiting patiently; but they want a document that gives them protection, not one that pushes them back. To read more of Danielle’s stories, visit jrseurope.org

people forcibly displaced

refugees – half are under 18

Hope for peace The 2017 JM Marathon team will raise funds for South Sudan where 1.7 million people have become internally displaced and millions of children have lost their chance to go to school. Last year in Upper Nile, a primary school student was more likely to find men armed with guns in their classrooms than teachers with chalk and books in hand. Displacement from home, severe malnutrition and poverty, recruitment into armed groups, and the constant fear of violence are perpetual interruptions to learning. “Today, all over South Sudan there is a shared hope that the time has come for peace and reconciliation, and consequently the much needed stability and development in the country,” says Pau Vidal SJ, JRS Maban Project Director. “Some analysts, however, are very cautious and indicate that the situation is so fragile that a single bullet could bring the whole country back into war.” l

WHAT CAN I DO? To find out how you can help, visit www.jesuitmissions.org.uk


India  JESUIT MISSIONS

T for Trafficking Jesuit Missions’ Director, Paul Chitnis, meets women in India faced with poverty and exploitation

Paul Chitnis (back centre) with staff and beneficiaries at HLDRC, as girls at the Centre make brooms and brushes as part of their training. Credit: Lalil Tirkey SJ

DARJEELING, with its vast tea plantations nestling against the sloping foothills of the Himalayas, is a beautiful region of India. But its cool climate and Himalayan vistas have a darker side. The commercialisation of India has led to the closure of many tea plantations. In some, the tea bushes have been ripped up to be replaced by shopping centres for the growing middle class. In others, the wages of the workers, mainly women, do not meet even the meagre minimum wage. Poverty and a lack of opportunity are making many women susceptible to human traffickers and their false promises of wealth in the cities.

or carpet making to improve the women’s job prospects.

During a recent visit to India, I saw the work of the Human Life Development and Research Centre (HLDRC) supported by Jesuit Missions. It is helping to combat the migration of women to cities like Delhi and Calcutta. They raise awareness about the enormous risks of trafficking and they have recruited volunteers to monitor the presence of traffickers in local communities. They also offer skills training in, for example, weaving

A vitally important campaign

“Skills training… improves the women’s job prospects” Fr Lalit Tirkey SJ, the Director, introduced me to seven young women, all vulnerable to traffickers. Most said they could not continue in school because their parents had died or could not afford the fees. They are paid a pitifully low wage to pick tea: about £1.50 for an eight-hour day. The women were joined by Sabitha, a married woman in her 30s with a young child. Sabitha explained how she was effectively sold for £800 as a domestic servant to a family in Delhi. Unsurprisingly, she was abused and maltreated. None of her traffickers’ promises were realised but Sabitha could not escape. She lost contact with her family and it was only through the efforts of Fr Tirkey and his team

that Sabitha was tracked down and reunited with her family. Speaking through tears, she passionately urged the younger women not to go to the cities, warning them of the consequences of doing so. Fr Tirkey estimates there are 3500 women who have been trafficked from Darjeeling. Jesuit Missions is committed to supporting the Jesuits’ work in this and other regions of India. We are also supporting a national Jesuit programme in India, Lok Manch, which, alongside 92 other organisations, is working to help 300,000 of the poorest households secure their right to food. India has more than 20% of the total number of people in the world suffering from hunger and this is a vitally important campaign with which JM is proud to be associated. l

WHAT CAN I DO? To help our work in India with tea workers, migrants and people deprived of their basic human rights, please visit jesuitmissions.org.uk/work/ asia/india jesuit.org.uk  9


SOCIAL ACTION  Refugees

To be able to talk about family or interests helps those struggling with uncertainty. Credit: JRS UK

A poverty of isolation As government policy and attitudes towards refugees change, Megan Knowles considers practical responses to their needs

HOME CAN MEAN many different things to different people. Childhood memories perhaps, or the taste of home cooking; comfort and security, with your family gathered round a table for a meal. Fr Peter Balleis SJ (former International Director of JRS) reflected that, for the refugees JRS serves, accompanies and advocates on behalf of, “home is more than four walls. It is a space where we feel safe, a space we can call our own, that we share with family and friends... Most importantly, it is a place where we belong. Refugees have lost this special space. They have lost their security, 10  Jesuits & Friends Spring 2017

their family, friends and belongings. Many have seen their homes bombed, burned down and destroyed, or taken over by enemies.”

“Home is more than four walls… it is a place where we belong” This more intangible sense of being home is something that we at JRS UK are very conscious of trying to create, carving out spaces where refugees feel

welcome, where they can enjoy moments of respite and a sense of being valued personally – a sense of belonging. The hub of our work with refugees is our day centre, which takes place at the Hurtado Jesuit Centre in Wapping, East London. It is there that we accompany our destitute refugee friends, helping to meet their basic needs with a hot meal cooked by volunteers, hygiene packs of essential toiletries and small cash allowances to pay for bus passes for essential appointments. To be a destitute asylum seeker in the UK is to be left without any personal


Refugees  SOCIAL ACTION

means to support yourself. You have no access to benefits and you are not allowed to work. This means you have no money to buy food or clothing, to top up your mobile phone and speak to family, to travel to see your solicitor, or in fact for any expense, essential or otherwise. The most difficult thing to grasp if you find yourself in this situation is that it is not accidental: it is the direct result of government policy. You may have fled violence to get to the UK. You may have left everything behind in the hope of safety and a new life. But you may still get rejected, without a sense that your claim has been properly heard. And while you try to gather evidence to put in another application, you may find yourself destitute because the government has chosen to make you so – intentionally – in the hope that you will give up trying and leave.

Reliant on the kindness of others Having had all legal means of providing for yourself taken away, you are left living a hand-to-mouth existence, dependent on others for a place to sleep, and a meal or food to share. That is to say, you must rely entirely on the kindness of others. Moving from one friend to another, hoping not to outstay your welcome. When such assistance falls short, you are left with less healthy arrangements – forever vulnerable to crime and exploitation, you may get stuck in abusive environments and relationships as the

only means to secure a roof over your head and a meal in the day. Things are also about to get tougher. This year will bring further policy changes by the government as part of an attempt to create a hostile environment for rejected asylum seekers. The latest changes include a roll-out of restrictions on who can rent housing, which will likely affect even informal lodging arrangements involving no exchange of cash. We are expecting this to create a spike in street homelessness among those we serve. There will also be new restrictions on access to financial support, meaning more families with children will be made destitute.

“We at JRS call refugees our friends, not customers or clients” One of our refugee friends recently remarked that the worse thing about destitution was the sense that he was alone, even in a crowd. Like many of those we work with, he spends his days moving from one charity to another, seeking help for his legal claim, trying to find hot food and a warm place to be, even for an hour or so, hoping for second-hand clothing handouts. All of his interactions are about meeting his basic needs.

The noise of hostility We are very conscious at JRS that the practical help our refugee friends need is only part of the story. Most also struggle with anxiety and loneliness. Some have lived with the uncertainty of their asylum claim for over a decade. At the day centre, our volunteers make an effort to get to know refugees personally. We know people by name. We talk about their Home Office case if they want to, but we also talk about other things, like family and interests, the weather, football or politics. It is the reason we at JRS call refugees our friends and not our customers or clients. We are worried though. The noise of hostility towards refugees in the media has grown louder recently. It is not enough for JRS to create spaces of welcome at a day centre in East London. We need your help to create spaces of welcome and belonging elsewhere. There are many ways you could help. Perhaps your parish has a project working with asylum seekers with which you could get involved; or you could encourage them to work with a local refugee charity. Look for opportunities to get to know refugees. If you have a spare room, there are hosting schemes all over the country to enable you to offer a real home to a destitute asylum seeker. At JRS UK, we work with religious communities in London through our own At Home scheme. Or you might like to write to your MP or local council and ask them what they are doing to support refugees and asylum seekers in your area; just your letter of support for refugees alone may make more difference to how they behave than you think. Home is a place of belonging and welcome. It is a place with friendships. As things get tougher for refugees this year, what will you do to help make them feel welcome? l

FIND OUT MORE Life for an asylum seeker in a big city can be a lonely place – as expressed in this photo taken as part of the JRS UK/Fotosynthesis project, which gave refugees an opportunity to tell their stories through photographs

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EDUCATION  Wimbledon College

Living and learning for 125 years As Wimbledon College celebrates a milestone anniversary, James Potter considers its auspicious history

WHEN THE PUPILS and staff of Wimbledon College – together with many others associated with the school – gathered in Westminster Cathedral in January, it was a far cry from the College’s origins 125 years previously. On that occasion, only two boys – Thomas and William Lloyd – were enrolled; but only one made an appearance. William was sick!

“Wimbledon College has remained true to its Jesuit origins” Today, Wimbledon College has 1280 pupils, all of whom made their way – either by coach or public transport – to the Cathedral where the Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated by the British Provincial, Fr Dermot Preston SJ, and many other priests – former Head Masters, chaplains, teachers and students. Also present were Old Wimbledonians, governors, the local MP, the Dean of Merton and headteachers of other English Jesuit schools and local Catholic schools. Founded in 1892 “for improvement in living and learning to the greater glory of God and the common good”, Wimbledon College has remained true to its Jesuit origins. In his words of welcome, the current Head Master, Adrian Laing, said that the Mass was a unique occasion for the whole school community to come together to celebrate the life of the College; to thank God for the Jesuits who had had the vision to open the school 125 years ago; and for the Society of Jesus’ continued support of the College. Items associated with the school were 12  Jesuits & Friends Spring 2017

presented at the front of the sanctuary: a school bag, exercise books, and items representing the arts and sport, both strengths of the College.

Generosity and service The College has a strong awareness of the needs of others and a commitment to putting the gifts and energies of pupils at the service of others. Generosity remains at the heart of its ethos and its Advent 2016 initiative in support of the Jesuit Refugee Service is expected to be a record-breaking fundraising effort. Pupils were encouraged to take up 125-themed sponsored activities and more than 900 boys took up challenges. They ranged from 125m swims and 12.5km bike rides to solving Rubik’s cubes in 125 seconds. Other boys prayed 125 decades of the rosary across Advent. While the Founders’ Day Mass was one highlight, there are many other ways in which Wimbledon College is marking its 125th anniversary, including an anniversary memorial garden and a joint concert at St John’s Smith Square with the Ursuline High School (which is also celebrating its

125th anniversary later this year). A 125th Anniversary Rugby match pitted the College against its longest standing rival, St George’s Weybridge, and provided a superb opportunity for old boys of the College to meet up and reminisce about their times spent on the rugby pitch together. The College is trying to reconnect with as many Old Boys as possible, so it is encouraging people to sign up to its new alumni mailing list via its website. A variety of merchandise to commemorate the anniversary has been produced. Most important is a history of the school, Wimbledon College: The First 125 Years – written by three members of staff – describing the College’s growth from one boy in 1892 to the school that it is today. Its title is optimistic and forward-looking: here’s to the next 125 years! l

FIND OUT MORE Visit wimbledoncollege.org.uk/125 for more about the anniversary celebrations including details of events, merchandise and to sign up for the alumni mailing list

The Mass of Thanksgiving at Westminster Cathedral. Credit: Peter Michael, Wimbledon College


Mount St Mary’s College  EDUCATION

A significant anniversary Lyndsey Maddocks looks back at the history of Mount St Mary’s College, as it prepares to celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2017

their lives during World War I. It was designed by Adrian Gilbert-Scott, who took for his inspiration the Duomo in Florence. Mount St Mary’s preparatory school is Barlborough Hall, a Grade I listed country house built in 1583-84 for Sir Francis de Rodes, an Assize Court Judge in York. There is a certain irony that, centuries later, his house should be a Jesuit school, since he was responsible for condemning to death St Margaret Clitherow, one of the English martyrs, for harbouring priests during times of persecution. Mount St Mary’s combines tradition with modern facilities. Credit: MSM

LOCATED IN THE north east corner of Derbyshire, near to Sheffield, this Jesuit day and boarding school is planning to mark 175 years by uniting generations of Old Mountaineers (OMs), current families, staff past and present and the surrounding community. The programme of events at the College will be launched in May and will include a ball for 600 guests with a reception on the Jesuit Lawn and a sports day for seven to 18-year-old pupils. And ‘Mount 175’ will officially begin with the annual Academy weekend, comprising a concert, a celebration of Mass, including the sacrament of Confirmation, and speech day. Although ‘Mount 175’ is being celebrated because Mount St Mary’s College opened its doors in the small village of Spinkhill in 1842, its origins go back much further: to 1620. At that time, Jesuits were teaching, albeit in secret, because of Catholic persecution, at Stanley Grange near

“The awe-inspiring Memorial Chapel commemorates the Old Mountaineers of World War I” Derby. When Stanley Grange was discovered, it was closed down and the Jesuit teachers moved to Holbeck near Worksop until the Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829. With no more need for secrecy, the Jesuits of the area set about creating a new school for this new era and the College of Mount St Mary’s was established.

Clandestine worship Parts of the school are 16th and 17th century; the Sodality Chapel is the earliest remaining building and was used for clandestine worship during the time of persecution. The awe-inspiring Memorial Chapel was built in 1924 to commemorate the Old Mountaineers who had lost

Barlborough Hall welcomed its first pupils, a cohort of 35, in May 1939; but within the year it had been requisitioned by the British Army for use during World War II. The children and staff took up residence at Mount St Mary’s, but their exile was shortlived: after just two terms, they were reinstated at the prep school – in time for the start of the summer term in 1940. Today, 175 girls and boys, aged three to 11, attend the day school and nursery that is Barlborough Hall. l

Celebrating children’s natural talents. Credit: MSM

FIND OUT MORE Visit msmcollege.com to find out more about Mount St Mary’s College and Barlborough Hall jesuit.org.uk  13


SOCIAL ACTION  Political internships

Merging faith, work and politics The Faith in Politics Internship scheme is helping young students carry their faith into a broad range of environments, as intern Nina Mattiello Azadeh explains

myself, working as Media Assistant at the Bishops’ Conference. The Faith in Politics scheme has four key aspects: professional work, academia, community living experience, and time for personal development. Outside of work hours, the interns take a postgraduate course in contemporary ethics at Heythrop College, University of London and attend regular events and talks on topics surrounding both political and Church life. They are also fully involved in the community and work of the Catholic Chaplaincy for the Universities of London, including living in the building itself, near University College London.

The need for social justice

The 2016-17 interns. Credit: Nina Azadeh

POLITICS HAVE RARELY had such a high profile or generated such debate among young adults as they have over the past year. The need for young Christians to engage in ethical debate and to be able to address the critical

“We must incarnate the Gospel in our social and political lives” issues facing society from a faith-based perspective has never been more important. This has added relevance to the Faith in Politics Internship Scheme, provided by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and supported by the Jesuits in Britain. 14  Jesuits & Friends Spring 2017

The Faith in Politics interns spend a year totally immersed in the world of politics, meeting those who bring their faith into the public sphere, and determining how their own faith will be part of their future careers. In the academic year 2016-2017, nine recentlygraduated interns were offered the opportunity to work in a variety of roles in the Church and its social action work. Five interns work with Christian MPs and Peers, one with Caritas Social Action Network, one with CAFOD, and two in the Bishops’ Conference and its agencies, including

Among the interns is Rory whose role has been Parliamentary Officer at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the Catholic Education Service. “No two weeks are the same and there is no set routine,” he says. “There are always new opportunities, issues or ideas to explore in which the Church is involved.” He hopes that this merging of faith and work is something that he can carry into the future and that he “can still hold onto a strong sense of Catholic identity in work and daily life” in future roles, whether they are in Church or secular environments. He has also felt inspired by not only working but


The SVP  SOCIAL ACTION

also by living with young Catholics from all over the world, “all living out their faith in their daily lives”. Each intern on the Faith in Politics scheme has the opportunity to have spiritual direction from a Jesuit on how to develop their faith. Laura, who works as an assistant to a member of the Labour Shadow Cabinet, believes that the Jesuits “provide a superb example of the vital need for social justice in our life as Christians”. She says her internship in parliament allows her to combine her faith with her passion for politics, providing her “with an exciting and invaluable experience in the parliamentary process and in public life, as well as allowing me to deepen my faith. As Pope St John Paul II said, we must incarnate the Gospel in our social and political lives.”

“Working with those on the margins of society” This is a view echoed by Katie, who is the policy, public affairs and communications assistant for Caritas Social Action Network. She has enjoyed “helping to build a link between parliamentarians and the charities on the ground, working with those on the margins of society.” She stresses how important it is that Catholic Social Teaching and ideas of social justice, which are important in Jesuit thinking, are represented on a political level. This spring, the group of interns will be travelling to Brussels to meet those involved in the Church in Europe and experience the ever-evolving relationships of European politics. This will be followed by a visit to Rome and the Vatican, before a final retreat at St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre. When asked about whether they have faced any challenges in the year so far, there was only one response – fitting it all in! l

FIND OUT MORE Follow the interns on Twitter: @catholicinterns

Poverty amidst affluence A weekly soup run is just one of the services provided by the Farm Street SVP, as their Chaplain, Chris Pedley SJ, explains

FARM STREET PARISH in London’s Mayfair may include some of the most up-market Chris Pedley SJ, housing in Yasko Kurahachi Britain; but and SVP volunteers its streets also host a large number of homeless people. Every Monday evening, the volunteers of the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) prepare tea and soup and, after a time of prayer together, go out to meet those people. While other churches in the area also have soup runs, they generally operate from fixed points. The Farm Street group is unusual in that it goes around the streets to seek out those who need help. “The material help we can bring is limited,” says the SVP President, Yasko Kurahachi. “A hot drink, some food, toiletries and basic clothing. The sandwiches come from local businesses and Pret a Manger is a great support for us: volunteers collect food from two branches each week. Our primary aim is to build a relationship with those we see. This is easier with the people we see regularly, more difficult with those who are more transient, such as the quite large groups from Romania with whom there is also more of a language barrier. We do not seek to pry and we respect their privacy. However, we have learned that there are many reasons why people find themselves on the street. For most

of them, a friendly face and the little help we can bring are welcome.” Occasionally, we are able to do a bit more. One of our regulars lost his mother and was unable to go back to his country for the funeral. We were able to arrange a Mass for her at Farm Street Church which he was able to attend. The SVP also does some limited home visiting.

Local hotels and restaurants The volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some are regular worshippers either at the Parish Masses or the Weekly Young Adult Mass; others are introduced by friends or colleagues. The SVP Monday night soup run is not the only help that Farm Street gives to the homeless. The parish is part of a scheme with six other venues which makes the parish hall available as a night shelter for people referred from a nearby day centre during the months of October-November and MarchApril (a time when other seasonal shelters have closed but a need still exists). The shelter is staffed by volunteers and food is supplied by local hotels and restaurants. Fr Paul O’Reilly SJ of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre is a qualified doctor as well as a Jesuit priest. He works as a GP in a local practice which specialises in providing medical care for the homeless. l

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FAITH AND ART  Hurtado Centre

'Supper at Emmaus' by Michael Quirke (2017). In this depiction of the meal at Emmaus, the two disciples are pictured as a married couple

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Hurtado Centre  FAITH AND ART

The Art of the Resurrection As the Hurtado Centre prepares for a major exhibition, Rebecca Gormally reflects on why they have chosen ‘The Resurrection’ as their theme

THE RESURRECTION of Christ is the high point, not only of the Church’s celebration, but of the history of the world. In the Resurrection, our broken humanity, taken on by a God willing to empty himself, is restored and renewed in the image of His Son. In this life we see small glimpses, as “in a glass darkly”, of what this reality means. Christ’s body was radically changed by the Resurrection. The laws of nature seemed no longer to apply; he could suddenly appear in a locked room, in some sense he was unrecognisable. Yet Jesus continued to be corporeal, touchable, he still ate and he still carried the wounds of his crucifixion. The Risen Christ lives forever. God has taken on humanity for all eternity. Christ’s Resurrection is not a single triumph over sin and death, the event of a unique historical moment. It is something to be lived out every day by the members of His Body, the Church.

We are invited to share in the Paschal mystery, and ultimately in the beautiful and mysterious risen life of Christ. But what is this risen life in which we are invited to share? At times, we can barely glimpse it and understand very little of it; nonetheless, it is already present and at work in our world. The trajectory of our lives, personal and as a Church, is and should be heading towards its fullness. Our on-going personal conversion

“We are invited to share in the Paschal mystery, and ultimately in the mysterious risen life of Christ” is a turning back again and again to the Paschal Mystery. We are called ultimately through the Cross and to the Resurrection.

Truths which words cannot express To give a taste of the Resurrection is to give the invitation of restoration that God offers every day to all humanity. The Hurtado Centre’s Resurrection Exhibition has at its heart the ambitious goal of inviting people into an experience of the Resurrection itself, to taste what it is like to be restored in the fullness of humanity. If it succeeds even to some extent, it will have been more than worthwhile. Artists from many different Christian and artistic backgrounds have contributed works that convey the history of salvation of which the Resurrection is the culmination. We hope that the richness of their work will give a felt sense of the beauty of the Resurrection. Art has a special vocation to show forth truths which words alone are inadequate to express. As Pope Benedict XVI said: “Reason alone as it's expressed in the sciences can't be man's complete answer to reality, and it can't express everything that man can, wants to, and has to express. I think God built this into man. Art along with science is the highest gift God has given him.” (Salt of the Earth: The Church at the End of the Millennium, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 1997, p. 47) l

VISIT THE EXHIBITION

‘Noli me tangere’ by John Bateson Hill, a depiction of Christ’s meeting with Mary Magdalene

Run in conjunction with St Patrick’s Art Studios in Wapping, the Resurrection Exhibition is being held at the Hurtado Jesuit Centre, Wapping 21 – 23 April 2017 and at Farm Street Church 28 April – 1 May 2017. Admission is free and many of the works are for sale. jesuit.org.uk  17


PRAYING WITH THE POPE

Generosity, mercy and peace

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David Stewart SJ reflects on the Pope’s prayer intentions for the coming months

WHEN POPE FRANCIS announced that next year’s Synod of Bishops would be on the theme ‘Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment’, he said that it would be an opportunity to give younger followers of Christ their say and to listen how the Good Spirit is at work in their hearts. He takes this as his theme for his April intention as well: That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or religious life. In the Gospels, we find people encountering Jesus and responding generously and extraordinarily; and St Ignatius placed high value on generosity. Praying with the Pope for this intention can include pondering how we could support even one young person to discern how God calls them, deep in their being.

anger and a desire for revenge are never the basis for any kind of peace, and not just in Africa. That is why this Intention calls us to be prophetic; becoming, in a word, merciful.

For May, Pope Francis asks us to focus on Christians in Africa and to pray that they might give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice and peace. Reconciliation cannot be achieved without attention to real, painful memories of injustice; it means sincerely and frankly acknowledging occasions of guilt. Prophetic witness involves recognising that festering

MAY: That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice and peace

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The annual turnover of the arms trade is approaching $100bn. Some argue that it provides employment and global security. Yet, in June, the Pope asks us to join his prayer that national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimises

PRAYER THEMES FOR THE MONTHS AHEAD APRIL: That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or religious life

JUNE: That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimises so many innocent people

so many innocent people. The follower of Christ remembers the words of Scripture that invite us to “beat our swords into ploughshares”. We pray, with the Pope, for the 508,000 people killed each year by armed violence and for the world’s leaders, who could eliminate this killer trade. At the beginning of each month, the Pope now adds a second ‘urgent action’ intention. By joining our heart to these intentions, each of us can become an apostle of prayer as part of the Pope’s Network. There is nothing to join, no membership to pay: just look for the monthly prayer intentions, and make a morning offering of each day to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, united to the Pope’s intention and to the intentions of apostles of prayer around the world! l

FIND OUT MORE pathwaystogod.org/my-prayerlife/praying-pope

MORNING PRAYER Merciful Father, you have brought us to the light of a new day; keep us safe from every sinful inclination. Grant me the grace to do what is pleasing in your sight and which would be for the common good, through all my thoughts, words, prayers and deeds. I offer you this day for the intentions of Pope Francis for this month. From the Living Prayer 2017 booklet, available from dstewart@jesuit.org.uk


Regency  VOCATIONS

Getting to know the Society – and myself Scholastic Peter O’Sullivan SJ believes the current stage in his formation will have a long-lasting effect on his life as a Jesuit

BETWEEN STUDYING philosophy and theology, a Jesuit undertakes a stage of formation known as regency. For two or three years, he does apostolic works such as in a school or chaplaincy or with the Jesuit Refugee Service. Regency helps the Society of Jesus learn more about the person being formed and is one of the best ways for him to know what being a Jesuit is really like after formation. One Jesuit had told me that, for most Jesuits, regency was the best part of formation. While another said: “After a good many years as a Jesuit, I could not ask for a more fulfilling way of life.” To me, these two statements meant that regency was something to look forward to. And so far I have not been disappointed. My regency primarily involves working for the Jesuit Institute, a partnership of Jesuits and lay people that offers inspiration, training and resources to all of the Jesuit schools in the UK. It is also a service for anyone who is interested in learning about the theory and practice of Ignatian education. So much of my work is to help prepare presentations and materials for conferences of teachers, chaplains and support staff of schools.

involved in pupils’ formation on a day-to-day basis, in my role as assistant chaplain and by helping the support staff and teachers in the school. I also assist with a couple of RE classes, in particular with preparation for the common entrance exam; some mornings, I even help the dormitory masters wake up the boarding pupils!

“One of the best ways to know what being a Jesuit is really like…” Back in 2014, the Jesuit Institute issued a booklet which summarised the principles of teaching and learning in a Jesuit school. “Education in Jesuit schools,” it stated, “seeks to transform how young people look at themselves and other human beings, at social systems and structures, at the global community and the whole of natural creation. If truly successful, Jesuit

education results ultimately in a radical transformation not only of the way in which people habitually think and act, but of the very way in which they live in the world, as men and women of competence, conscience and compassion, seeking the greater good (the magis).” In many ways, regency could be regarded in a similar way, since a Jesuit is expected to be fully involved in the apostolic work and community life of the Society of Jesus. It has been a busy and rewarding time, during which I have been able to meet and talk with students from various Jesuit schools about Ignatian spirituality and the importance of silence in prayer. Though my regency is due to last just two years, I strongly hope and believe that its effect on me will last for the rest of my life. l

FIND OUT MORE Visit jesuit.org.uk/vocations to learn more about being a Jesuit

A radical transformation Like the Director of the Jesuit Institute, Fr Adrian Porter SJ, I am based at St John’s Beaumont School, living and working in this independent boarding and day preparatory school for boys near Old Windsor in Berkshire. This gives me the opportunity to get

Scholastic Peter O’Sullivan SJ at work at St John’s Beaumont. Credit: Kamila Katnik

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FEATURE  Stonyhurst

Spotlight on our historic collections Stonyhurst College holds an extensive collection of relics and artefacts which represent the oldest museum in the English speaking world. Since 1609 thousands of ancient, precious and sacred objects have been entrusted to the Jesuits and the College, reflecting its unique role as a sanctuary for world culture spanning millennia. Jan Graffius and Joe Reed pick four highlights.

The St Omers Lamb Chasuble This chasuble, like St Agnes, takes its name from the Lamb, agnus in Latin. Here is shown the Lamb of God lying slain on an altar, worked in silver and gold in the centre of the cross, as referred to in the

Book of Revelation, with seven seals hanging down beneath it. The chasuble was brought to Stonyhurst when the College fled there from Liège during the Napoleonic Wars, though it is believed to have come originally from St Omers. It was restored on the order of the Rector, Fr Norris, by Br Houghton in 1827; the first vestment he undertook as Sacristan: [He] ordred me to restor it but not to change aney thing of the original so I had to set to whork with the little knowledge I had no experience […] The embroydrey of this vestment is much to be admired so full of whork and still so lite in hits

Manuscript LXV MS LXV (c1475-1525) is not the most famous, but is certainly one of the most beautiful in the extensive medieval manuscripts collection held at Stonyhurst. It is an illuminated letter ‘O’ taken from a late-medieval Italian book, thought to be an ‘antiphonale’ or antiphonary. An antiphonary contains the antiphons, or sung chants, to be used in services such as the Mass. The seated figure depicted in the middle is St Jerome, with a lion at his feet and surrounded by monks. The inscription on the book he is shown holding, taken 20  Jesuits & Friends Spring 2017

from 1 Corinthians 16, reads: Fr[atr]es vigilate, state in fide viriliter agite co[n]fortemini – ‘Watch, brothers, stand fast in faith, act courageously and be strengthened.’ The surrounding decorations are very much in keeping with Italian illuminations of this period; somewhat fanciful features placed into ordered designs. For example, note the long necks of the dragons placed above Jerome’s seat, and the exotic flowers and fruits surrounding the letter ‘O’.

apirence […] every leafe and turn in the embroyderey have so much life in it that it is delightfull to look an see the fine scrowl at each side of the cross. The distinctive scrollwork on the chasuble dates it certainly within the 17th century, and bears a remarkable resemblance in form to that on the Wintour Alleluia chasuble at Stonyhurst, (property of the Jesuits in Britain) which is dated 1655. The execution of the flowers is much like the Flemish floral still-life paintings of Breughel and Seghers, indicating that the vestment may have been produced in or near to Flanders, around the middle of the century.


Stonyhurst  FEATURE

The sketchbook of Augustus Law SJ in his diary, now in the Jesuit Archives in Mount St, and in the little sketch book kept at Stonyhurst. He records hostile people, as we can see from this watercolour, swollen rivers, impassable tracks, crocodiles, fever and a desperate scarcity of food.

This small sketchbook contains a number of curious and moving drawings and paintings by a Jesuit priest who is popularly known as the Martyr of the Zambezi.

College for boys in Grahamstown and learnt the Zulu language. In 1879, he was chosen to be one of a small group of Jesuit missionaries to the uncharted territory of the Zambezi River.

Augustus Law joined the Jesuits in 1854, and 21 years later set sail for South Africa, feeling a strong call to be a missionary. He founded St Aidan’s

Law and his few companions travelled with ox carts for over 1000 miles, reaching Gubulawayo in March 1880. Law’s journey onwards was recorded

In August 1880, having lost touch with some of his Jesuit companions, he and a lay Brother arrived at a small village where he collapsed, suffering from starvation and malaria. He survived a further four months, preaching and celebrating Mass, held up by ropes when he no longer had the strength to stand. He died in November 1880 and it took six months for the news to reach his Jesuit companions who had got lost along the way. They travelled to recover his body and his few possessions, among them this sketchbook. One of Fr Law’s last diary entries reads – ‘Bad all today. Delirious in the evening. Br Hedley so kind. God bless him and take care of him when I die.’

The St Omers Customs Book This rather ordinary looking document was of critical importance in the shaping of the College’s mission early in its history, and has had a lasting, profound effect on the development of the Stonyhurst College ethos since 1601. It is a 20th century typescript of a lost 17th century document. In 1617, the second Rector of St Omers College, Fr Giles Schondonch, became aware that his end was near and he was keen to pass on his hard-won experience to his successor. He had been an inspiration and motivator, moving the fledgling school from a basic educational facility to a successful and influential missionary enterprise. His vision defined the College’s role for the following 200 years, and still underpins its development today. He recognised that St Omers had a unique role to play, that the boys in his care needed special qualities to enable them to return home,

infamous Nazi conflagration of the ancient library at Leuven University in the Second World War.

at the age of 18, to a hostile native country and to hold their own in the face of cultural, communal and official hostility to their own deeply-held beliefs. In the three months prior to his death in 1617, Giles Schondonch dictated the accumulated, distilled wisdom of a natural born teacher to his successor. His document is known as the Customs Book of St Omers, and exists only in this unique transcript at Stonyhurst, fortuitously copied in 1914 from the original which was destroyed in the

Schondonch’s wisdom pervades every line of this remarkable document, from haircuts (he was very much against the Cavalier ringlets of some of the more rebellious boys), to pest control in the dormitories and the importance of table manners, to encouraging his staff to really understand the mentality of their young charges. He wrote spiritual exercises specifically adapted to English adolescents. He made St Omers the phenomenal success it was, and in many ways shaped the ethos of modern Stonyhurst. The underlying principle behind his deathbed dictation is as relevant today as it was in 1617 – Know yourself. Inform your conscience, your heart and your intellect. Don’t follow the herd. Expect opposition and misunderstanding. Stand fast. You are not alone. l jesuit.org.uk  21


JESUIT MISSIONS  London Marathon

Running for 20 years! The London Marathon is on the horizon again and this year will be the 21st time that a team will be running to raise funds for Jesuit Missions, as Richard Greenwood told us

RG: Yes, over the past 20 years Jesuit Missions’ marathon team has covered enough miles to run to Australia and back! From 18-year-old school pupils to 67-year-old priests, and of course a good number of Wombles, our amazing runners have raised £1.16 million to fund Jesuit Missions’ work. It’s a great opportunity for JM to promote the work that it does, and it’s become our most important fundraising event in the year. We’re so grateful to all our runners, past and present, who have given their time to take part.

Q: What happens on marathon weekend itself? RG: The weekend begins with Mass on the Saturday night, followed by a pasta party for runners and their guests in Wimbledon. The Jesuit communities play an important part in welcoming the team. Then, early on Sunday morning, the runners head off to the start line while the support team head to Mount Street to set up for the after party. We bring the runners back to Mount Street for a shower, massage and plenty of food and drink.

Q: How much preparation is needed? RG: We tell our runners that they’re really doing three marathons: the training, the fundraising and the marathon itself. Our team probably cover hundreds of miles to get themselves ready for marathon day, requiring dedication, discipline and lots of support from friends and family – as well as help from us with fundraising. It’s no easy task and it works best with support from local schools and parishes. It’s a team effort.

Q: You say the runners have raised over a million pounds over the past 20 years. What difference has that made to your work? RG: We’ve been able to use these funds in a number of ways. Over the past two years, we’ve been supporting refugees in the Middle East. And our runners have paid for food for a kitchen in Damascus that’s provided meals for thousands of people. Last year, we funded JRS work in Iraq, providing counselling and vocational training

Runner Sam Aidoo. Credit: Jesuit Missions

for people whose lives have been devastated by a long war. We’ve also funded Jesuit schools throughout Africa, helped those living with HIV/Aids, provided funding for Jesuits working with drug users, and lots more! Q: What about the money raised this year? RG: We’re continuing to support the work of JRS internationally and, this year, the funds will go to South Sudan. It’s been almost 15 years since refugees first began to flee the country and yet war and violence continue to threaten the lives of millions. Many of the host community members who were displaced during the years of war with the north have only recently returned; they now face a new crisis. The current conflict has heavily crippled the capacity of the local government to provide basic services. The work that Jesuit Missions will fund should address the needs of both the refugee population as well as the host community. l

SUPPORT US

The 2015 London Marathon team. Credit: Jesuit Missions

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To sponsor the JM team, visit jesuitmissions.org.uk/take-action/ london-marathon/. Or follow Jesuit Missions on Facebook for updates


OBITUARIES

Obituaries PLEASE PRAY for those who have died recently. May they rest in peace.

Fr Alfred Buttigieg SJ, Fr Peter Knott SJ, Fr Aloysius Church SJ and Fr Joseph (Joe) Wareing SJ

Fr Alfred Buttigieg SJ was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1941, and entered the Jesuit novitiate a day before his 18th birthday. Alfred was ordained on 27 July 1974 and for the next 25 years taught Mathematics in the University of Oxford. From 2000 onwards, he worked in the parishes of St Ignatius, Stamford Hill; St Aloysius, Glasgow; and St Wilfrid’s, Preston, before moving to the Corpus Christi community in Boscombe where he died on 16 November 2016 at the age of 75. Fr Peter Knott SJ served in the army for 20 years, before entering the Society of Jesus. He was ordained at Farm Street in 1970, after which he served as chaplain to Heathrow Airport. Parish work followed: at Corpus Christi, Boscombe, and then at the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street. He spent a decade as chaplain to Eton College, five years as school chaplain to St Antony’s, Leweston, and as officiating chaplain to HMS Heron, a Royal Naval Air Station in Somerset. Between 2001 and 2015, he was chaplain to Barlborough Hall school. He died at Corpus Christi, Boscombe, on 18 January 2017, aged 90. Fr Aloysius Church SJ was born in Glasgow on 20 June 1926, and was educated at St Aloysius College. His early years as a Jesuit were spent teaching. After doing a catechetical course in liturgy at Lumen Vitae in Brussels, he served at St Ignatius,

Stamford Hill, and Sacred Heart, Edinburgh. In 1969, Aloysius went to Guyana, where he was to spend the next four decades, teaching catechetics and training pastoral lay assistants. In the 1980s, he took courses in TV, video and radio, and became director of a Catholic TV station. He returned to the UK in 2008 and died at St Wilfrid’s, Preston, on 23 January 2017 at the age of 90. Fr Joseph (Joe) Wareing SJ was born in Preston on 18 January 1931, and was educated at Preston Catholic College. He joined the novitiate in 1949, and was ordained in 1962. He studied for a BA in Latin and Greek history at London University and then taught for three years at St Aloysius College in Glasgow. Between 1970 and 1981, he taught at Preston Catholic College, after which he moved to Clitheroe and served as superior of the Jesuit community, minister and parish priest. While resident at Stonyhurst, Joe continued to work in the Clitheroe area, before moving back to Preston. He died on 7 February 2017, aged 86. Please also remember in your prayers three British Jesuits who worked for many years in the ZimbabweMozambique Province: Fr Raymond Armstrong SJ, who died on 5 November 2016 in Preston, aged 89; Fr Thomas (Tom) Jackson SJ (92), who died on 8 February 2017 and Fr Tony Bex SJ – on 12 February 2017, at the age of 94 – both in Harare. Fr Raymond Armstrong SJ, Fr Thomas (Tom) Jackson SJ and Fr Tony Bex SJ

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PLEASE MAKE A DONATION TODAY TO SUPPORT HOPE & RESILIENCE THIS LENT The Jesuit Refugee Service offers a loving welcome and practical help to refugees in the UK. We accompany refugees and asylum seekers in the UK facing destitution and hardship, without access to public benefits or accommodation and without permission to work. A donation of • £10 can pay for phone credit to help a refugee KEEP IN TOUCH with their family • £25 can pay for a refugee to attend our DAY CENTRE and receive practical support and COMPANIONSHIP from our volunteers • £50 can pay for a HARDSHIP GRANT to help a refugee back on their feet • £100 enables JRS volunteers to VISIT those separated from their families by unjust detention

Tiamiyu and Vera are trained chefs and volunteer for JRS UK. Each week they transform food donations into a delicious hot meal for over 100 destitute refugees. Credit: Megan Knowles/JRS UK

• £200 supports EDUCATIONAL GRANTS to help a refugee learn new skills and expertise

“It gives me great joy to cook with love, heart and kindness for the refugees at JRS. There is a deep connection to be a refugee cook, I socialise and meet different people, finding we have something in common.” Tiamiyu

This Lent I would like to: Find out more about regular giving to JRS UK (someone from JRS will contact you) Find out about volunteering opportunities with JRS UK (someone from JRS will contact you) Give a one-off gift of hope and resilience this Lent and enclose a cheque for £10  £25  £50  £100  £200  £

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Jesuits and friends issue 96  

News and features from the Jesuits in Britain, including a new TV drama filmed in Liverpool, how women in India are being freed from poverty...

Jesuits and friends issue 96  

News and features from the Jesuits in Britain, including a new TV drama filmed in Liverpool, how women in India are being freed from poverty...

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