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Ferdinand Poulton was the third son of John Poulton and elder brother to another member of the Society of Jesus, Fr Charles Poulton. Ferdinand was born in Northampton in 1605, graduated in humanity studies at St Omer’s College, entered the Society at Watten in 1625 and was professed of the 4 vows 19th September 1641. Since the Reformation, England had been a dangerous place for Catholics. Yet in 1640 he was sent to the College of the Blessed Aloysius (Lancashire District) where...
A Mosaic of the world
I have lived in London for 18 years and to celebrate I decided to walk around it, yes, the city that is! I came to London by choice, as an 'economic migrant' perhaps, but to pursue my career and make my home here. It is a city that I have come to know and love well through friends, politics, culture and community groups. Many of the people I work with now did not choose London, but came fleeing for their safety in search of asylum as refugees. Life in London is a struggle for survival and many...
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349 years ago for four days a major fire burnt in London. The Great Fire of London swept through the city from 2 to 5 September 1666, and destroyed many buildings including St Paul’s Cathedral. As the fire burnt, the inhabitants looked for culprits and so foreigners and Catholics were attacked. During the Popish Plot, Titus Oates accused the Jesuits of setting the fire. An article, written by the historian and former Province Archivist Thomas McCoog SJ, on the religious and political landscape...
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A packed Farm Street church of Jesuit alumni and others enjoyed a moving service on Friday evening to celebrate the Feast of St Ignatius. The mass was led by Fr Tony Nye SJ who concelebrated with Jesuit fathers Barnes, Beattie, Holman, Kelly, King and O’Halloran, accompanied by some non-Jesuit priests.Father Nye’s warm sermon thanking St Ignatius for his considerable legacy opened by excusing the numerous Jesuits not present on this important day as they were taking part in a week of summer...
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At the garden exit, where you are invited to go after this Mass to enjoy refreshments and typical Farm Street socialising, you will see a fine statue of St. Ignatius. He looks steadily ahead, serene, strong, trusting in the Lord. He holds an open book on which is printed AMDG- Ad maiorem Dei gloriam- to the greater glory of God. Many of you here learnt to write those initials on your school or college exercises. The book he is holding really represents two books: the Spiritual Exercises, a...
The Bicentenary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus1814 - 2014will be celebrated byThe British Jesuit Alumni Charitable Trust (EagleAid)with a dinner to be held atThe Royal Air Force Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PYGrace before dinner will be said by the British Jesuit Provincialthe Very Reverend Fr Dermot Preston SJThis event is open to all alumni and friends of Jesuit schools and colleges worldwide plus friends of the Jesuits in general.  Any profit from this event will be...
Barbra Kolasinski, an artistic OA who is completing a Master’s degree in Fashion Design and Technology has been selected to present a fashion collection at Graduate Fashion Week in London and has highlighted the role St Aloysius' College played in finding her true calling.Barbra graduated from St Aloysius’ College in 2007 and went on to pursue her passion for creative design by applying to study Fashion at the Edinburgh College of Art and then Fashion Design and Technology at...
Communities affected by the Tohoku disaster in Japan in 2011 and last year's devastating Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines will benefit from a concert of Japanese and Western music at Farm Street Jesuit Church in London next month. A recital by soprano Kyoko Murai and Sachika Taniyama (Piano) will raise funds for the Japan Society's Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund and Jesuit Missions' Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Appeal. It will include works by Britten, Debussy, Liszt, Schumann, Takemitsu and...
A two-day conference will take place in central London next month to reflect on the discrimination that people in or from the Indian sub-continent experience because of their caste and what a Christian response to the Dalits or outcasts might be. Last January, to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Churches Together in Southall, Middlesex, gathered in St Anselm's Catholic Church for a Service that had been prepared in India for use throughout the world. The theme of the Week of...