World Meeting of Families

Pope Francis and Leonard Moloney SJ
During his private meeting with Irish Jesuits in Dublin last weekend, Pope Francis was asked by the Irish Provincial Fr Leonard Moloney SJ if there was anything the Irish Jesuits could help him with in line with their Fourth Vow – special obedience to the pontiff. The pope responded by asking them directly to help to address clerical sexual abuse, with the healing process and with the reparative work that needs to be done.Reflection on the scandal of abuse and penitence for the misery and...
The Irish Jesuits organised a ‘Faith in the Modern World’ retreat for young people from all over Europe in preparation for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland at Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality, Dublin from 20 to 26 August 2018.The initiative helped the retreatants to discern how to follow the call to live a Christ-like life in an Ignatian way and in line with the papacy.Along with Irish Jesuits, presenters came from St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in...
Jesuit novices, from left: Paolo Beltrame, Thiranjala Weerasinghe, Desmond Gibney, Dunstan Rodrigues, John Bosco Noronha, Paul Prior, Ian Jackson.
 Jesuit novice Dunstan Rodrigues reflects on the World Meeting of Families. In the photo from left to right the Jesuit novices: Paolo Beltrame, Thiranjala Weerasinghe, Desmond Gibney, Dunstan Rodrigues, John Bosco Noronha, Paul Prior, Ian Jackson. Matthew Tumulty, the eighth novice, is not in the photo because he was preparing for his own personal meeting with Pope Francis!The novices of Britain, Ireland and the Low Countries had the privilege to join in the World Meeting of...
With the visit of Pope Francis as its focus, the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Dublin has been a unique occasion for the Catholic world to celebrate families and their wonderfully rich and diverse contribution to society.In his homily given at Phoenix Park before a congregation of half a million people, the Pope said that one of the fruits of the WMOF would be for participants to return home “and become a source of encouragement for others”. He called on the congregation to bear witness...
Dominic Robinson SJ, Superior of the Mount Street Jesuit community, has just returned from the World Meeting of Families in Ireland where he gave a presentation with Farm St Church parishioners Nick O’Shea and Sherwyn Sicat (via video) which described how the LGBT+ Westminster community were welcomed to Farm Street parish, and have since contributed to the liturgical, spiritual and pastoral life of the Church.They discussed the practical steps that made this journey possible and the positive...