Mount Street's Young Adults: a Westminster 'gem'
Mount Street Jesuit Centre in central London welcomes a new Director this month. Fr Christopher Pedley SJ will be taking over from Fr Paul O’Reilly SJ who has led the team adjacent to Farm Street Church since the Centre began more than ten years ago. And its Young Adult Ministry has been described as one of the ‘gems’ in the Archdiocese of Westminster’s initiatives for young Catholics in the region, as it launches its programme for the new academic year.
Underpinned by the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola, the Mount Street Jesuit Centre provides a range of courses and activities designed to help adults grow in their faith and become more fully 'men and women for others'. Situated in the heart of London, it offers opportunities for people to explore and deepen their knowledge, experience and understanding of themselves, God and their place in God’s world, through workshops, courses, retreats and other activities – including a volunteering programme and the Young Adults Ministry.
Events organised by the Centre’s Young Adult Ministry are specifically for people aged 18-35 and there will be a Welcome Afternoon Tea on Sunday 18 September 2016 at which visitors will be able to learn more about the activities that are planned for the coming year. These include the Young Adult Ministry Masses, which is held each Sunday at 7pm in Farm Street Church. Each week, this Mass incorporates a different Ignatian element such as the Examen, a reflection on offering our lives to God as well as a prayer experience which is offered in the Mass on each Third Sunday. After each Mass there is time to be together over refreshments to continue to build the ever developing young adult community.
Sharing our faith
Every third Sunday of the month – from September to June – Farm Street will be offering a Faith Sharing Group, which will open to anyone in their 20s and 30s who wants to come and spend a short time each month with like-minded people to explore their faith. No pre-booking is required for this session. There is also Lectio Divina Prayer every first Sunday of the month (October to June), which again is open to anyone in their 20s and 30s, with no pre-booking required.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Young Adults (RCIA) is a programme for people in their 20s and 30s who want to be baptised into the Catholic Church or for those who are already baptised who want to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church. Further details about the RCIA programme are available from Sr Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcJ (right), who will be coordinating the course which will run fortnightly between October and June. She can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org