Church of the Immaculate Conception - Farm Street Church
Farm Street Charity pilgrimage in the steps of St Ignatius
The Church of the Immaculate Conception at Farm St, always known as Farm St Church, is identified as the “mothership” of the Jesuits in Britain. The residence here is home to fourteen Jesuits, it houses six of our apostolic projects, as well as the head office or Curia.
The central London church was founded by the Jesuits in 1849. The parish is very active in the world, and strives to embody the call of St Ignatius to live a faith which does justice. A good example of this is the annual pilgrimage on the camino of St Ignatius, this year in aid of refugees trapped in northern Iraq, and those who have made it to Britain. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ is Superior of the Jesuit community and the member of the parish team behind the pilgrimage which he describes as;
“Spiritually uplifting, raising awareness and funds for refugees, and, despite the challenge of 200 km in eight days of walking mountainous terrain, it is also a lot of fun. We set off again on September 25th and this year will raise funds for JRS UK and Aid to the Church in Need projects in northern Iraq. We’re hoping again for a generous response. In our first year we raised £35,000 for Syrian refugees.
We start at Verdù, at the Shrine of the 17th century Jesuit Saint of the Slaves, Peter Claver. A fitting place to reflect on the evils of human trafficking of modern day migrants to Britain and those stuck in perilous conditions in the Middle East.
As we walk we reflect too on the gift of our own freedom, our call to detachment, to Ignatian indifference. Praying, celebrating Mass, sharing faith along the way, we follow the same ‘Cami Ral’ towards the great Abbey of the Black Madonna of Montserrat where Ignatius the pilgrim laid down his sword and vowed to follow Christ. And finally on to Manresa where he composed the Spiritual Exercises.
So why do we do this? Why are caminos increasingly popular? Whenever we take on anything really tough we’re faced with tough questions: “Why bother?” Reasons given by our team of walkers are varied. Raising prayers, awareness and funds for those in real need. Getting fit. Being with friends. But there is an inner journey which mirrors the journey of life. Ignatius' own camino led him to reflect on how the gift of his personal freedom represented true detachment from worldly concerns and desires, and ultimately his indifference to what life would turn out to be for him in God’s plan.
So please be generous with your prayers, and your donations, which will help provide accommodation for 1,800 displaced Christian and other families in northern Iraq and a place of welcome and support for 200 destitute or detained asylum seekers in London.” You can follow our progress this autumn on farmstreetcamino.blogspot.co.uk."
Pray with us
For peace and reconciliation in Syria and the Middle East and for Fr Paolo Dall'Oglio SJ who went missing exactly three years ago on the 29th of July.
Lord, let me welcome all my sisters and brothers with the arms of Christ
May I listen to their stories with the openess of Christ
And May I embrace them with the love of Christ
Through my hospitality, may they once more call our church their home.
Landings: Are you looking to reconnect?
If you have been thinking about becoming more active in the Catholic Church after a time away, we invite you to join us in LANDINGS, an eight week experience that offers “a safe place to land,” a place where your voice will be heard and a place for listening, for asking questions, and / or reconnecting with your faith as an adult. Contact Ruby Almeida at [email protected] or Fr Dominic Robinson SJ at [email protected].
Andrew Cameron-Mowat SJ - Parish priest
Born in Lanarkshire, one of six children; my father was the local NHS GP. I attended St Aloysius' College, serving on Br Ward SJ’s impeccable altar staff and as a technician in Fr Grumitt SJ’s stage crew.