David Stewart SJ

Fr David Stewart SJ
Pope Francis said, in a powerful and outspoken intervention reported on Friday, that "The presence of God today is also called 'Rohingya'." This of course was the word that he had carefully avoided using while he was in Myanmar. This came in Bangladesh, to where he had next travelled. The report had it that he next said: "Maybe we can't do much for you, but your tragedy has a place in our hearts. For those who have hurt you, and above all the indifference of the world, I ask your forgiveness."...
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December is a full month. There’s Advent, Christmas and New Year’s Eve and so much else in both the Church’s calendar and in the secular world. It’s cold and dark in our northern hemisphere. Our cities and towns try to counter the seasonal gloom by means of the lights, decorations and consumerism of the commercial season. Followers of Christ typically lament how little of Christ there is in Christmas any more, while some in authority make it their business to eradicate what little is left,...
November’s monthly Intention from Pope Francis reflects his concern for the whole of the universal church and the whole of the world, especially the frontiers. Frequently he draws our attention to those frontiers, to the realities of the "rest of the world" geographically as well as economically. He has been particularly interested in Asia and in November he points us towards that vast continent, asking us to pray with him that “Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and in...
Children from St Ignatius primary school
Twenty three parishioners of St.Ignatius in Stamford Hill have just attended the first Haringey Citizens assembly, joining over 150 Christians and many other people of good will at St.Mark’s Methodist Church in Tottenham, in the shadow of the giant cranes of the Spurs stadium reconstruction. With the group were parish team members Sr. Eugenia and both Frs David: Fr Smolira, parish priest and one of the North London Citizens leadership team,  and Fr Stewart, who is also the national...
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The mission of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network is to encourage all of us to make of ourselves a daily offering to the Lord by means of a simple and easy prayer pathway. For many years we have had this tradition. It comprises the morning offering, available in a variety of formats, a daily prayerful review, keeping in mind the intention that the pope gives to us each month, so that we can unite our prayer to the concerns that are in his heart. His is a global call to transform our prayer...
The Pope’s Global Prayer Network in Britain (formerly Apostleship of Prayer) offers you our annual wall-calendar and our popular LIVING PRAYER booklet. These give you a quick and easy daily reminder of the Holy Father’s prayer intention for each month. Available for immediate dispatch (order details below), and in a limited-quantity special-offer twin-pack, the calendars and Living Prayer booklets could be a useful seasonal gift as well as a way of uniting the Holy Father’s concerns to your own...
protests in Darjeeling
Many friends of the Jesuits in London will remember Alphonse Lepcha SJ who spent three years studying for his BD at Heythrop College while living in our Clapham community.  He was ordained deacon in February 2017 by Bishop Nicholas Hudson at St Ignatius Church Stamford Hill and then served as a deacon at Farm Street church.Alphonse returned to his home province of Darjeeling to prepare for ordination which was due to take place last week at Kalimpong in the foothills of the Himalayas,...
Jesuit parish of St Ignatius Stamford Hill
Many are the concerns in the Pope’s heart, for the serious challenges that face humanity and for the spread of the Gospel, not least its call for peace and justice. His first request to us for September will catch the attention of many of us, for it is about parishes.  He invites us to pray “that our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen”.We all know at least one parish.  The parish, at some point, has featured in the...
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July is the height of summer for most of us in the northern hemisphere; schools and colleges complete their syllabi for the year and, for the minority of us who can afford it, holidays and August beckon. So many of us have no chance of a holiday, either in the sense of going away somewhere different or in the sense of respite from a lived reality marked by suffering, by poverty or by violence. Sometimes, too, we’re tempted to take a holiday from our lived faith, from the obligations that we...
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The Monthly Intentions of the Holy Father are our way of sharing his concerns and taking these into our own hearts and prayer. Sometimes these concerns can be uncomfortable, even challenging. That is because they must be about real-life issues and these can often be complex and awkward. Our Christian faith is no better than superstition if we restrict it to safe topics or only with a restricted range of concerns, deemed appropriate. This month’s First Intention of the Holy Father is one such –...

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