Friday, 21 April 2017

Running for peace in South Sudan

Former students and current co-workers, an American Jesuit, the Director's sister and other supporters... seasoned distance runners and endurance competitors plus several first-timers... all ages, spanning 18 to 50... in all, fourteen brave, committed and hard-training people who, together, make up this year's London Marathon Team JM. You can meet and find out how to support them here.

This year, they will be raising money especially to support young people struggling to survive in South Sudan, one of the world's most volatile regions. Jill Drzewiecki, International Campaign and Philanthropy Officer at the Jesuit Refugee Service, shares a poignant reflection on a conflict that is having a devastating impact on children.

And yes, as always, there will be at least one Womble!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

The Easter proclamation

A happy, blessed and grace-filled Easter to everyone
in the Ignatian family and beyond!

"The Resurrection is not something which requires our faith to abandon reason; it is reason's healing and restoration..." You can read the rest of this reflection by James Hanvey SJ, from Thinking Faith's archives, here...

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Mega Youth Poll

In preparation for next year's Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment, the Catholic Church in England and Wales is carrying out a survey with young people aged between 13 and 29. The poll - which is anonymous - closes on Monday 5th June.

Do circulate it among young people, and encourage them to have their say!

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Novena for Syria

The Jesuits in Britain are collaborating with Aid to the Church in Need to promote a Novena for Syria, to be prayed publicly at all Mass at Farm Street Church. The novena will begin tomorrow, Thursday 30th March, and end on 7th April, the third anniversary of the martyrdom in Homs of Fr Frans van der Lugt SJ (pictured below). The novena will also pray for the release of Fr Paolo dall'Oglio SJ, who was kidnapped in Syria in 2013.

You can find out more, read and download the novena prayers here...

Monday, 27 March 2017

Perpetual vows in Bellshill

On Saturday 25th March, solemnity of the Annunciation, Sr Stacey Cameron made her perpetual profession of vows as a Sister of St Peter Claver. Stacey, who works for Missio, comes from Scotland and is part of the community in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire; she made her vows in the parish church there, at a Mass presided by the bishop and attended by family, friends, sisters, colleagues and people from neighbouring parishes.

You can see more photos and a short video on the Facebook pages of the Bellshill parish and the Sisters.

Congratulations and prayer to Stacey and all her community!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Tribute to Cecilia Goodman CJ - RIP

Cecilia Goodman CJ, well-known, loved and respected as a spiritual director, formator, Director of the St Bede's Pastoral Centre, trainer and enabler of others' ministries, died suddenly on Sunday 26th February. Her funeral was held quietly earlier this week at the Bar Convent, York.

The full text of the tribute given at the funeral by Frances Orchard CJ, Provincial Superior, can be read here...

A memorial service will be held later this year, and will be announced via the CJs website and social media.