Ken Vance SJ

From Wednesday 6 to Friday 8 December, a Jesuit Pastoral Training Seminar was held at Hinsley Hall, Leeds, organised by Br Ken Vance SJ, the Provincial’s Delegate for Pastoral Ministries.Participants, lay and Jesuit, came from a number of the Jesuit parishes, and for the first time, from one of the university chaplaincies which now come under Ken’s area of responsibility.A mixture of group work, presentations, prayer, meals and social time provided a rich and stimulating experience. Topics...
Dr James Hanvey SJ addresses the conference
120 delegates from our ten parishes around the country arrived yesterday at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick as the Jesuit Pastoral Conference 2017 got underway.Each parish is represented by its parish priest and any permanent staff, as well as members of the parish council and key volunteers.  They are joined by key speakers (James Hanvey SJ, Elizabeth Davies and Henry Longbottom SJ), Fr Provincial and representatives of several of our apostolic works.Br Ken Vance SJ, the Province...
Ken Vance SJ
Brother Ken Vance Sj was interviewed live on BBC Radio West Midlands on Sunday morning.Presenter Llewela Bailey invited Ken to participate in the Sunday Breakfast morning faith-themed chat show in her regular “in conversation” slot in which she “gets to know someone from the Birmingham and Black Country family – their life, work, faith and hopes and the music that shapes their lives”.Ken had previously been interviewed by Llewela in order to promote the Pause for Hope service at St Chad’s...
Prayers, readings and music at the Pause for Hope service at St Chad's Cathedral
An initiative to support those affected by cancer that started at St Francis Xavier's Church in Liverpool (SFX) almost 20 years ago extended to Birmingham at the weekend. The Pause for Hope service was led by Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham and Bishop Anne Hollinghurst, the Suffragan Bishop of Aston in the Anglican Diocese of Birmingham.It was back in 1998 that Professor Ray Donnelly, a Liverpool cancer surgeon, was exploring ways in which to respond to the spiritual needs of those...
The 12th Station is restored in the IFACS workshop
The Stations of the Cross at Farm Street Church in central London are in the process of being restored to their original polychrome glory. The 14 plaques, which portray the Passion and Death of Christ, were originally brightly coloured; however, they were painted over with lead paint in the 1920s.These masterpieces were the work of renowned carver and artist Johann Petz, who was active in Bavaria and Austria from 1850 - 1870.  Polychrome stations by the same artist and of the same design...
The parish support staff at Hinsley Hall, Leeds
The first ever training event for parish secretaries, administrators and pastoral assistants from the ten largest Jesuit parishes in England and Scotland has taken place in Leeds. The 12 representatives spent three days at Hinsley Hall, during which they immersed themselves in a series of exercises, discussions and talks aimed at supporting them in their work and providing them with a structure for the future.Some years ago, the Jesuits in Britain set up a Pastoral Commission consisting of...
Detail of the canvas of Fr Henry Garnet SJ. Photos: Ken Vance SJ
Paintings of three English Jesuit martyrs have been located in the crypt of St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham. It is possible they are companions to a canvas of Blessed Edward Oldcorne SJ that is displayed in the Catholic college dedicated to him in Worcester.The canvases of Br Ralph Ashley SJ, Br Nicholas Owen SJ and Fr Henry Garnet SJ are believed to date back to Victorian times and have been described by the Curator of the Stonyhurst Collection, Jan Graffius, as “really special...
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
This year’s Pause for Hope service for those affected by cancer will take place on Sunday 13th September at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool.The organisation’s founder, Professor Ray Donnelly, is an alumnus of St Aloysius College Glasgow and St Michael’s College Leeds, both Jesuit foundations.Few people are untouched by cancer.  The purpose of Pause for Hope  is to get more people to pray for a cure, and to help people to pray about and to understand their own situation in...