Companions in Action launch at Wimbledon College
On Wednesday 16th October, students and staff at Wimbledon College gathered to mark the launch of their Companions in Action partnership with Loyola Jesuit School, Kasungu Malawi. The event was marked by a Mass which was celebrated by Fr Nigel Johnson, a past pupil of Wimbledon College who has spent most of the last 40 years working in Zimbabwe.
To mark the occasion Wimbledon College flew the Malawian flag and had designed a candle which featured the crests of both schools. During the liturgy this candle was lit to symbolise that the students in the two schools are witnesses to the light, seeking to create a more just world. James Potter, Lay Chaplain at Wimbledon, noted, ‘Prayers were said for the all involved in the partnership and for its success as a source of mutual enrichment for both schools’.
Loyola Jesuit School will soon be holding their own launch Mass. Together the two schools will be focusing on their shared Ignatian identity, cultural exchange, caring for our common home and service, in the long-standing tradition of the society of Jesus.
Jesuit Missions Companions in Action partners Jesuit and Associate schools in the United Kingdom with Jesuit schools in other regions of the world. There is an ongoing tradition of links with the schools in Africa. However, Companions in Action is in the process of expanding its regions and links are currently being formed with schools in Asia and Latin America. The programme seeks to promote a shared Ignatian identity and promote leadership for social justice.