Fr Anthony Lawn, RC Chaplain at Wandsworth Prison, hit the headlines last May in the Observer when he and Fr Daniel Berrigan SJ were featured in the Pendennis columns as 'The altar egos'. They had been engaged as advisers to the director of the film The Mission about the Jesuit Reductions in Paraguay. They were there to 'teach the actors how to behave and think like Jesuits!'
Here are TONY LAWN's own reflections on his experiences while out in Cartagena, Colombia, for five weeks of the filming.
The Jesuits and wider Catholic Church have a long history with astronomy. In October 1582, Pope Gregory XIII introduced the new Gregorian calendar to replace the Julian system which, by that time, had drifted by ten days.
‘What can we say the kingdom of God is like? What parable can we find for it? It is like a mustard seed which at the time of its sowing in the soil is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade.’
This year, the 5th of June marks the 400th anniversary of the release of Fr Ralph Bickley and eleven other Jesuits from that prison. This blog post explores the intriguing events of the prison’s history, in particular the ‘Wisbech Stirs’.