Holy Name Manchester

In May this year, the Jesuits in Britain Archives took delivery of over 200 architectural plans and drawings of the Holy Name Church in Manchester. The project to conserve and digitise these historically important records was part of a wider project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to carry out essential repairs on the Grade 1 listed building. In this blog post, we will explain how this came about and what the work entailed.In 2016, a set of architectural plans were discovered in...
Holy Name Church, Manchester
Wednesday 28th November is ‘Red Wednesday’, a day to show solidarity with our Christian brothers and sisters suffering persecution throughout the world. Aid to the Church in Need invites everyone to join the campaign by doing something peaceful and positive: unite in prayer, wear red, light the church in red, organise activities or attend  themed events already in place – which could be easily searched through a map on the organisation’s website.Several Jesuit works make a stand on...
James entered the Society as a Brother in 1946. Born in Manchester, affectionately known as 'Hoddie', James' sense of vocation grew with his time at the Holy Name parish in Manchester.  Br Philip Watt SJ, who worked in the Jesuit parish, was an early inspiration for Hoddie, mainly through his example as a cook and working quietly behind the scenes. Often in the evening, after school, Hoddie and other friends would go to the church and help out, answering the door, putting the...
St Francis Xavier: the Apostle of the Missions
Jesuit parishes and communities across the world – including many in Britain – are preparing to take part in a tradition that dates back four centuries: the Novena of Grace, in which our prayers are united with those of St Francis Xavier (1506 - 1552).Although a Novena can be prayed at any time, this particular Novena of Grace is traditionally prayed from this coming Saturday (4 March) until 12 March, thereby concluding on the day Francis was declared a saint in 1622. It is also regularly...
Carols by Candleight at Holy Name, Manchester
The Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy has been looking back over a busy year, which has seen a record-breaking Week of Guided Prayer, its very first Jesuit Mission visit to East Africa and the launch of several new projects. The Chaplaincy team provided a welcome to the Catholic students at Manchester Universities, which culminated with Carols by Candlelight last week, while providing initiatives which have enabled them to respond to the needs of the local community.When they...
Warm accommodation for asylum seekers at Holy Name Church in Manchester
The Manchester Universities' Catholic Chaplaincy Night Shelter has been praised for its efficiency after less than three months in operation and for its service to asylum seekers in the city. And, after appealing for volunteers, the organisers have announced – with gratitude – that they have enough for the New Year period.The Boaz Night Shelter at Holy Name Church was established in October, sharing its ministry with a number of other churches in central Manchester, so there is...
Holy Name Church blueprint
A near 150 year old architectural mystery at one of Manchester’s most famous churches has finally been solved by academics at the University of Manchester who have digitised the Church’s archives. The Church of The Holy Name of Jesus (also known as the Holy Name) is the church serving the Catholic community at the University of Manchester. Built in 1871, its famous for having a short rectangular tower and a flat roof, was actually originally designed with an impressive lantern...
manchester homeless man
Fr Tim Byron SJ of the Manchester Jesuit community attended the launch Manchester Homeless Charter on Monday 9th May 2016. The initiative has been part-funded through donations to the Holy Name Church in Manchester.The Manchester Homeless Charter is building on the work of local charities to develop a more effective strategy to support local homeless people. It is the fruit of numerous discussions between the homeless and the various organisations that strive to help them. The process...
Bishop Arnold at Holy Name Church
On Sunday 1st May, 11 RCIA students received their first sacraments at a special Mass at Holy Name Church. Bishop John Arnold presided at the Mass.Prior to confirming the RCIA candidates before a packed congregation, Bishop Arnold addressed those receiving their first sacraments in an off-the-cuff homily. He emphasised that the gift of Faith is not something to be kept to oneself, but something which Christians must share with others.“Pope Francis has said that we are Missionary...
One Night ACN event Holy Name Church 2015
Last Sunday 17th April, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) gave a talk at the Holy Name Church in Manchester to raise awareness of the plight of persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria.John Pontifex, the Head of Press and Information at ACN, spoke about his eye-witness encounters with Christians suffering for their faith in Iraq and Syria, where the ultimatum is so often ‘convert or die.’ During a moving talk to a full congregation, Pontifex displayed images of desecrated icons,...

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