Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Beatification of Fr John Sullivan SJ

Fr John Sullivan SJ, an Irish Jesuit who died in 1933, will be beatified at 11 am on 13th May 2017 in Gardiner Street Church, Dublin. The Mass - the first time a beatification has taken place in Ireland - will be streamed live via the Irish Jesuits' website.

John Sullivan was born into a wealthy Protestant family in 1861. He became barrister in London, travelled and lived a comfortable life until he converted to Catholicism when he was 35. After a few years of living simply and helping out in hospitals he entered the Society of Jesus in Ireland in 1900. As a priest he gained a widespread reputation for holiness, simplicity and for availability to anyone in need.

You can read more about John Sullivan, and arrangements for the forthcoming Mass, via this dedicated webpage.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Touched and transformed by God's love

"Now, on this 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, I would like to reflect on the missionary dimension of our Christian calling. Those who drawn by God’s voice and determined to follow Jesus soon discover within themselves an irrepressible desire to bring the Good News to their brothers and sisters through proclamation and the service of charity. All Christians are called to be missionaries of the Gospel! As disciples, we do not receive the gift of God’s love for our personal consolation, nor are we called to promote ourselves, or a business concern. We are simply men and women touched and transformed by the joy of God’s love, who cannot keep this experience just to ourselves. For "the Gospel joy which enlivens the community of disciples is a missionary joy" (Evangelii Gaudium, 21)."

From Pope Francis' Message for today's World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Today we pray very especially for vocations to the Ignatian family, in this country and abroad - for more men and women to be touched and transformed by the joy of God's love, and willing to respond to his call to devote themselves to proclamation, prayer and service as Ignatian religious.

Three Ignatian women - MaryAnne, Naomi and Silvana - share something of their call on the National Office for Vocation's website Vocations Sunday feature

Women considering a call to religious life might be interested in these discernment opportunities with two Ignatian congregations: -

Faithful Companions of Jesus: Broadstairs, 26th - 28th May

Society of the Sacred Heart: London, 30th June - 2nd July

Wednesday, 26 April 2017


Resurrection - an exploration of Christian belief through art - has been organised by the Hurtado Jesuit Centre in partnership with Farm Street Jesuit Church, and St Patrick’s Art Studios (a collection of artists based in the parish in Wapping). The exhibition can be viewed at Mount Street Jesuit Centre on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th, 10.30am - 5.30pm. Admission is free.

This is the largest exhibition of contemporary Christian art in London for over a decade, with over thirty artists exhibiting and more than seventy pieces on display. Artists include Andrew White, Francis Hoyland, Penny Warden and Marcia Scott as well as other established and up and coming figures.

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!