Feast of St Ignatius

Homily of Fr Damian Howard SJ, given at Farm St Church on the Feast of St Ignatius 2019.There’s a set of seventeenth century portraits hanging along a corridor of the Jesuit residence in Oxford; as I walk past them I notice there’s always a little thrill in my heart. They depict a group of thoroughly European Jesuits. But their clothes and facial hair are those of Chinese mandarins. They have gone very native. And the forbidding look on their faces seem to say, “No need to worry; we know...
Every year, 31 July marks the feast day of St Ignatius of Loyola. As co-founder and first General of the Society, this is a particularly important feast day for Jesuits in Britain and throughout the world to celebrate. In this blog post, we look at some of the items that celebrate St Ignatius and the early years of the Society in the Jesuits in Britain Archives.Íñigo López de Loyola, as St Ignatius was baptised, was born in Loyola in the Basque Country of Spain, 23 October 1491. The youngest...
If the Society of Jesus was founded to help souls, the souls of those outside the Society, why have Jesuits always been so determined to tell their own story? As Thomas Flowers SJ celebrates the work of Jesuit historian James Brodrick, he discovers that ‘Jesuit history is not about glorying in the past triumphs of the Society. Rather, Jesuit history is about teaching Jesuits to be better Jesuits, and all Christians to be better followers of Christ.’ In 1960, looking back over fifty years...
The annual alumni Mass for the Feast of St Ignatius is on 31st July at 6pm at Farm St Church and all Alumni and friends of the Jesuits are warmly invited. Mass will be followed by a reception in the parish hall.
Mass at St Peter's Church Stonyhurst to celebrate our patronal feast.For the churches served by the Jesuits in Manchester, Preston, Liverpool, Stonyhurst and retreat staff, former students of Jesuit schools, colleges and university chaplaincies.There wil be light refreshments and a tour of the Stonyhurst College MuseumTo book a place on the tour please email t.curtis.sj@stonyhurst.ac.ukFor more details and transport information please contacts Debbie Reynolds at SFX Liverpool: d.reynolds@...
Debbie and Fr Denis in the new SFX memorial garden
The Feast of St Ignatius is always a joyful day in the Jesuit calendar.  Jesuits congratulated their many jubilarians at special masses for friends and alumni at Farm Street Church in London and at St Francis Xavier’s in Liverpool.  Staff in Jesuit ministries held services of thanks and praise, celebrated with special meals and sometimes even a half day’s holiday.Twelve Jesuit priests and brothers were joined by a large congregation at St Francis Xavier’s Liverpool for the annual...
Fr Peter Edmonds SJ
Jubilarian and biblical scholar Fr Peter Edmonds SJ reflected on a life of service in this homily, given at Farm St Church on the Feast of St Ignatius 2018.Today is the feast day of St Ignatius, a special day of celebration for members of the Jesuit order, the Society of Jesus; it is also a special day for those who have been educated at Jesuit colleges which for over four centuries have flourished in so many parts of the world. But today is also a special day of celebration and gratitude for...
This year it's the turn of St Francis Xavier parish Liverpool to host our regional North West parishes and alumni for a celebration mass for the Feast of St Ignatius Loyola.At 7pm on Tuesday 31st July folk will be gathering from Preston, Manchester, Stonyhurst and St Beuno's for a concelebrated mass led by Denis Blackledge, with music and choir provided by Maria Hall from Preston.After the mass, weather permitting, we'll baptise our new memorial garden, and, whatever the weather, we'll have a...
The annual alumni Mass for the Feast of St Ignatius is at 6pm at Farm St Church and all Alumni are warmly invited.  It will be followed by a reception in the parish hall.Fr Peter Edmonds SJ is giving the homily, celebrating 60 years in the Society and 50 years as priest.Parish priest Fr Andrew Cameron-Mowat SJ will be the celebrant for the Mass. 
Pope Francis
Pope Francis visited his brother Jesuits at their General Curia house in Rome, to mark Monday’s feast of St Ignatius.The Jesuit Pope was welcomed by, Fr Arturo Sosa, the Father General of the Jesuits.During the day, Pope Francis posted a tweet to his 35 million followers, honouring St Ignatius of Loyola saying: “Like Saint Ignatius of Loyola, let us be won over by the Lord Jesus and, led by Him, place ourselves at the service of others.”Pope Francis has visited the Jesuits on the feast of St...

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