Jesuit Missions Speaker tours 2019
Jesuit Missions is delighted to welcome Fr Xavier Jeyaraj SJ, President for Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) in Rome, to the UK at the end of February to speak at various Jesuit schools and parishes.
Fr Xavier, originally from the Calcutta Province, India, has spent much of his life dedicated to working for the poor. He led Udayani Social Action Forum, a social centre in Calcutta before also working as secretary of social action in the South Asian Conference and completing a PhD in Social Sciences. He moved to Rome in 2012 and took over the role of President for SJES in June of 2017. The SJES assists Fr General in delivering the mission of the Society by promoting justice and reconciliation with creation, both at the level of the six Jesuit Conferences and Provinces within the Society of Jesus.
Jesuit Missions Director Paul Chitnis says,
“I have invited Fr Xavier to speak to us about Care of Creation and leadership from an Ignatian perspective. I hope that he will be able to lead us on how to be ‘men and women for others’ and how we can take action using the themes from Evangelii Gaudium and Laudato Si.”
During Lent, we will also be welcoming Jesuit scholastic Joel Thompson SJ from Guyana to the UK as part of a Lenten speaker tour. He will be accompanied by Leah Casimero. Leah is from the interior of Guyana and has been part of the team who has helped to establish the Quality Education Bilingual Programme which is supported by Jesuit Missions. Together they will discuss the importance of Ecology in Guyana and the upcoming Pan-Amazonian synod which Pope Francis has called for in October 2019. Further information on dates and locations to follow.
Jesuit Missions Communications Officer Stephanie Beech returned from Guyana a few months ago where she spent some time with Joel. She says,
“Joel is very passionate about caring for creation and is a real role model for the young people in Guyana, especially in the interior where he spends most of his time. It is a real privilege that he has agreed to visit the UK to share his passion with us and explain why he agrees with Pope Francis that ‘Amazonia is a mirror of all humanity.’”