Denis Blackledge SJ

Fr Denis and the Guild of St Stephen
St Francis Xavier’s Church Liverpool celebrated its patronal feast on Saturday, 2nd December  - the feast day of St Francis Xavier having been liturgically suspended because of the First Sunday of Advent.The Feast was celebrated with ‘Breakfast with Xavier’ and delicious bacon butties were enjoyed by all.Before 12 noon Mass the parish held a time of reflection using the ‘Pray as Go’ podcast issuing from a mobile phone proudly taking place at the lectern alongside the microphone. ...
Fr Denis Blackledge SJ and Rev Henry Corbett led an assembly at Faith Primary School in Liverpool to coincide with the Autumn Harvest Festival on the theme of ‘Who is my neighbour?’  The school is a joint Catholic and Church of England school based on the values of the gospel and is supported by the Jesuit parish SFX and the neighbouring Anglican church of St Peter’s.  The school is located in one of the most deprived areas in the UK, according to an analysis by the Department for...
Sean Bean as Fr Michael Kerrigan
BBC One viewers are in for a treat when a new six-part drama starring Sean Bean as Fr Michael Kerrigan begins on Tuesday 23 May at 9pm.Broken is set in a Catholic community in the north of England and tells the moving stories of its priest and parishioners. The poverty, grief, crime and family troubles that afflict the people of the parish all evoke the compassion of Fr Michael, who seeks to help those around him while he faces his own personal struggles. Writer Jimmy McGovern is in no doubt...
SFX Liverpool
Due to the SFX telephone number appearing on a certain website as the number for about ten churches in Liverpool, Denis Blackledge and Joe Duggan decided that they had to change it.  So -  Old Number        0151 207 2271New Number    0151 207 2397Please amend your Province Catalogues, personal address books etc.NB This is the number for Denis and Joe when "at home";  it may also be possible contact them on the St Francis Xavier's...
Fr Denis (second left) with director Ashley Pearce, Sean Bean, Colin McKeown of LA Productions and Jimmy McGovern
A British Jesuit commissioned to help one of television's tough guys to portray a sensitive, vulnerable north country Catholic priest says the experience was "very satisfying", with the production team keen to be authentic and showing immense trust. His account of the experience is the cover feature in the spring edition of Jesuits and Friends, which is now available from Jesuit parishes, schools, chaplaincies and spirituality centres throughout Britain. It is also available to download.The...
Parish priest, Denis Blackledge SJ (back centre) with the three SFX parishioners and their supporters at Liverpool Cathedral
Three parishioners of St Francis Xavier’s in Liverpool (SFX) have made a significant step on their journey as Catholics, which will culminate on Easter Sunday with their full reception in the Catholic Church.At the Rite of Election at Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Dawn Kelly and Natalie Ford (who are both catechumens) and Dot Jones – a Candidate – joined the many from across the Archdiocese who were welcomed by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP. Earlier, the three had been...
Fr Denis Blackledge SJ & Debbie Reynolds with Drew Pritchard (left) in SFX
St Francis Xavier’s Church in Liverpool (SFX) has played host to a team of antique dealers for a recording of a television programme which searches the length and breadth of the UK in search of weird and wonderful artifacts.Salvage Hunters is broadcast on Quest, operated by Discovery Networks Northern Europe, which provides factual, lifestyle and entertainment programmes, as well as other imported material. The programme is hosted by Drew Pritchard who is described as a modern day...
Corpus Christi, Boscombe
Final preparations are being made at the busy Corpus Christi parish in Boscombe for the Hearts on Fire parish mission week which begins this Saturday 25 July and is part of the interprovincial summer “experiment” which sees Jesuits from the four North West Europe provinces collaborating in teams.Fr Tony Horan SJ has previously reported on how the Hearts on Fire mission was established. The final programme can be read here.There is a strong focus on spirituality for children and young people....