Roger Dawson SJ

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Last weekend the Friends of St Beuno’s had their biannual Friends’ Weekend.  Twenty friends from all walks of life gathered at their spiritual home to socialise, enjoy the house and grounds and listen to a series of talks and prayer inputs from the resident St Beuno’s team.This time the Friends were asked to participate in a consultation with architects Purcell who have just been appointed to undertake a review and redevelopment of St Beuno’s.  Fr Roger Dawson SJ, Director of St Beuno...
Fr Roger Dawson SJ, the pedalling padre,  has just finished cycling 350 miles through Europe in this year's Big Battlefield Bike Ride 2017, an annual fundraiser for the charity Help for Heroes.  This year nearly 200 cyclists rode from Tournai on the Belgium border, up through Eindhoven and Nijmegen to Arnhem, following the route of the 1944 British Operation Market Garden. Fr Roger explained its significance, ‘This bold airborne operation aimed to capture key bridges and bring about...
Roger Dawson SJ
Roger Dawson SJ featured on the BBC Radio Wales programme 'All things considered' this week. Click the button at the bottom of this story to listen back for 25 days from the date of this story (13/04/17).At the start of Holy Week, in which both Easter and Passover are celebrated, and with Ramadan coming soon, Roy Jenkins asks what it means for these festivals to be considered as Holy, and explores the meaning of Holiness.Joining Roy are: Father Roger Dawson, Director of St Beunos Jesuit...
Aled Jones in north Wales for 'Songs of Praise'. Courtesy: BBC
Broadcaster and singer Aled Jones stopped off at St Beuno’s Jesuit Retreat and Spirituality Centre recently, when he visited north Wales to film an episode of Songs of Praise. He was following the pilgrim trail to Bardsey Island, reputed to be the resting place of 20,000 saints.Bardsey Island (Welsh: Ynys Enlli) lies less than two miles (3.1 km) off the Llŷn Peninsula in the Welsh county of Gwynedd. Saint Cadfan built a monastery on it in 516, and it has been a major centre for pilgrimage...
Andrew Garfield (centre) on BBC One's Graham Norton Show
Andrew Garfield, currently starring as a 17th century Jesuit missionary in the Martin Scorsese film Silence, has been talking about his experience of undertaking a silent retreat at St Beuno’s Spirituality Centre in North Wales. The actor was guest on the Graham Norton Show on BBC One on Friday, alongside Annette Bening, Harriet Harman and Asa Butterfield .Part of the preparation for playing Jesuit priests in the film, Garfield explained, was for fellow actor Adam Driver and himself to...
Damian Howard SJ
Province Retreat 2017: 26th June – 5th JulyFrom Roger DawsonI am delighted to say that Damian Howard SJ, a delegate at GC 36, has agreed to give the Province Retreat in 2017.  The dates are Monday 26th June to Wednesday 5th July.  There will be a brief input from Damian each morning and individual direction for the retreatants.  We will start and end the retreat with some social time.There is a fixed price for this retreat for Jesuits of £450, and for that price we...
Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver in 'Silence'. Credit: Kerry Brown
Martin Scorsese’s film Silence – due for release in the UK on 1 January – is as much about addressing extreme moral options as it is about martyrdom, according to the Director of St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday, Fr Roger Dawson SJ compared the challenges to faith portrayed in the film with what many Christians face today.Silence is based on the novel of the same name by Shūsaku Endō and tells the story of...
Andrew Garfield with Ben
In November 2014, I was putting my cereal bowl on the trolley at the end of the (silent) breakfast at St Beuno’s when Ben, the Assistant Chef, sidled up to me, inclined his head towards one of the retreatants and whispered, ‘Father Roger, is that Spiderman in the dining room?’  ‘Don’t tell anyone, Ben!’ was the reply. Andrew Garfield, the star of two Spiderman films, supporting actor in ‘The Social Network’ and the lead in Scorsese...
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...
Roger Dawson SJ in 2015 at Omaha beach, Normandy
Fr Roger Dawson SJ is about to embark on his seventh year as the “pedalling padre”, taking part in the annual Help for Heroes Big Battlefield Ride as official chaplain to the battlefield pilgrims.Fr Dawson, who was an officer with the Royal Green Jackets before joining the Jesuits, commented “The battlefield ride is a secular pilgrimage in which the cyclists face the big questions of meaning, purpose and suffering in our lives and our shared history. I am there to help them....

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