Farm St

Young man praying at Farm st church, london
Landings, the programme for returning Catholics whose UK base is here at Farm Street, is starting a new year, and also a new chapter.  First of all, our team would like to thank the parishioners of Farm Street sincerely for the opportunity to speak about the Programme at Masses two Sundays ago.  And for the very generous funds raised, which have now reached £2,417-51.  Very many thanks for your generosity and interest in the programme. But Landings is not about programmes,...
Near the end of this month, Friday, 29th September, we celebrate the Feast of St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael, and with them all the angels. That has prompted me to ask  :How many angels are there in Farm Street Church?I have gone round counting carefully and I have found 98 in the church and its chapels, and 20 on the outside. The Victorians at the time our church was built were very much drawn to angels. We meet them in their paintings, especially those of the pre-Raphaelites....
St Ignatius’ Day is the 31 July, and historically Jesuit Communities have marked the day with Masses, processions and feasts.  In the archives we have records of these events from the 19th and 20th centuries, showing how Jesuits celebrated St Ignatius’ Day, and how these celebrations changed over the course of the years.The Mount Street Jesuit Community recorded its daily services, meals, and comings and goings of individual Jesuits, as well as larger feasts and other events, in The...
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Between 10 July and 31 October 1940, the German Air Force waged an air campaign against the United Kingdom. The objective of the German forces was to achieve air superiority over the Royal Air Force, and began by targeting coastal shipping convoys and shipping centres. Soon the target of attacks was shifted to RAF airfields and infrastructure, factories involved in aircraft production, and eventually areas of political significance...
In the latest ‘From the Archives’, we feature the Farm St alphabet poem written by Fr Frederick Hathaway SJ (1814-1891). While cataloguing the Farm St Church collection, I came across the alphabet written by Fr Hathaway. Intrigued by the author and names in the poem I carried out some research. Fr Hathaway entered the Society at Hodder in 1852 by way of the Church of England, and particularly Tractarianism, when he was 37 years old. His progression was remarkably fast and he was ordained...
My name is Sr. Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcJ.  I have been involved in Jesuit young adult ministry since 2008 and from April 2011 I have coordinated the First Sunday Plus Team.  The role expanded in October 2012 when I became Director of Young Adult Ministries, based at the Mount Street Jesuit Centre.  My work mainly involves coordinating the different aspects of a programme for young adults.  This includes coordinating the team of volunteers who help run the First and Third...
I was born and brought up in Rugby.  My father and my maternal grandfather were both converts to Catholicism.  My mother was largely brought up by her Anglican relatives and I went to the local CofE primary school, so I have a fairly ecumenical background.  However, my secondary schooling was at the local Catholic Secondary Modern School.  Both my parents were heavily involved in Scouting and, while I was only briefly a Cub, the value of service embodied in that movement...
Born in London in 1932, I am now exploring what it is like to be in one’s eighties. I am reasonably mobile, but aware of diminishing energy; still working in the parish (Farm St in London) where I was parish priest and still engaged in spiritual direction.I look back on how my Jesuit vocation developed. I felt called to the priesthood as an Anglican after a retreat at Canterbury in my Lower Sixth Year in a grammar school in Croydon. As a university student reading English at University...
I was born in Lanarkshire, one of six children; my father was the local NHS GP.  I attended St Aloysius College, serving on Br Ward’s impeccable altar staff and as a technician in Fr Grumitt’s stage crew.  I studied Medieval History and English Language and Literature at the University of St Andrews.  Having been a keen pianist since the age of five, and after some minor efforts on the church organ in my local parish, I sang in three choirs during my student years, including a...