We focus on empowering people, groups and organisations to deepen their relationship with God and help discern Christ’s call in today’s world.

We draw from the practice of spirituality rooted in the life and experience of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Ignatian spirituality helps us to discover and respond to God in the midst of our everyday life.

Our team works online and in-person in schools, universities, prisons, parishes, with other faith groups and the general public. We offer events, retreats, training, consultation and facilitation.

We come to where you are, to listen to what you need and find ways to help you towards a deepening relationship with God through growth in prayer, accompaniment and discernment.

If you would like our team to work with you, please get in touch to explore what’s possible.

The team

Fr David Smolira SJ

Fr David is the director of the Jesuit Institute and is involved in spiritual accompaniment, supervision and training. He is based in Birmingham.

Julia Ling-MacDonald

Julia is deputy director and supports our strategic development, programming and team management.

Emma Holland

Emma is the Director of Pray As You Go and offers support for other digital spirituality projects. She is based in London.

Vron Smith

Vron shares Ignatian spirituality through the offering of retreats and training and the facilitation of communal discernment to parishes, dioceses and prisons.

Sarah Young

Sarah is a spiritual director and retreat giver and is particularly involved in our prison work, supporting our Associates and keeping touch with other spirituality networks.

Stephen Hoyland

Stephen leads our university retreats in daily life, creates material for our online content and is available for other spirituality outreach work.

Maria Neal

Maria is our Schools Officer, a role which includes designing, developing and delivering courses and conferences for schools around identity, mission, the promotion of the Catholic Faith, formation of staff and the development of Catholic education.

Elizabeth Harrison

Elizabeth leads on the development of our digital communications and resources, audience engagement and promotion of our work.

Marie de Matos

Marie is the Jesuit Institute Administrator and is responsible for our administration and accounting and helping with enquiries for spiritual directors. She is based in Birmingham.

Fr Philip Harrison SJ

Fr Philip is editor of ‘The Way’, the Ignatian Journal of Christian Spirituality published by the Jesuits in Britain.

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Where to find us

Our Address
The Jesuit Institute
10 Albert Road
B17 0AN


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