Feast of St Ignatius

Over the past nine days we have travelled on pilgrimage around the country visiting each of our parishes in turn. Today, on his feast, we visit the church dedicated to St Ignatius in Stamford Hill, London. Jesuit Scholastic, Christopher Brolly, had this to say:"Our last day of this Novena is a day for which to be thankful. Spending time in thanksgiving together is not just the perfect way to bring this Novena to a close, it's also the perfect way to celebrate the patron saint of this parish and...
St Ignatius of Loyola is a saint of many roles. Some like to remember him as an ex-military man. But he was also in his time variously a tongue-tied mystic, an ascetical pilgrim, a mature student, a man of affairs and a meticulous administrator. And Rubens made sure that no one before or since has ever looked as good in a chasuble as Ignatius did. For me, in the strange and turbulent time we are now living through, a particular angle is emerging which speaks to contemporary concerns. He is...
As we approach the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola on 31st July, please join us in praying a novena over these next 9 days from each of our Jesuit parishes in England and Scotland. Today's novena comes from Sacred Heart Church in Edinburgh. The Jesuits are resident next door to the church and are involved with the chaplaincy to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. The parish celebrates Mass every day of the week as well hosts saying the Rosary every weekday lunch time. In addition, the...
Stonyhurst College
As we approach the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola on 31st July, please join us in praying a novena over these next 9 days from each of our Jesuit parishes in England and Scotland. Today's novena comes from St Peter's & St Joseph's Church in Stonyhurst. Fran is one of the parishioners and the Caritas representative for the parish:"We're asked to be missionary disciples and reach out to the community as a whole... we have supported the Hummingbird Project which has seen us welcome and...
Homily of Fr Damian Howard SJ, given at Farm St Church on the Feast of St Ignatius 2019.There’s a set of seventeenth century portraits hanging along a corridor of the Jesuit residence in Oxford; as I walk past them I notice there’s always a little thrill in my heart. They depict a group of thoroughly European Jesuits. But their clothes and facial hair are those of Chinese mandarins. They have gone very native. And the forbidding look on their faces seem to say, “No need to worry; we know...
Every year, 31 July marks the feast day of St Ignatius of Loyola. As co-founder and first General of the Society, this is a particularly important feast day for Jesuits in Britain and throughout the world to celebrate. In this blog post, we look at some of the items that celebrate St Ignatius and the early years of the Society in the Jesuits in Britain Archives.Íñigo López de Loyola, as St Ignatius was baptised, was born in Loyola in the Basque Country of Spain, 23 October 1491. The youngest...
If the Society of Jesus was founded to help souls, the souls of those outside the Society, why have Jesuits always been so determined to tell their own story? As Thomas Flowers SJ celebrates the work of Jesuit historian James Brodrick, he discovers that ‘Jesuit history is not about glorying in the past triumphs of the Society. Rather, Jesuit history is about teaching Jesuits to be better Jesuits, and all Christians to be better followers of Christ.’ In 1960, looking back over fifty years...
The annual alumni Mass for the Feast of St Ignatius is on 31st July at 6pm at Farm St Church and all Alumni and friends of the Jesuits are warmly invited. Mass will be followed by a reception in the parish hall.
Mass at St Peter's Church Stonyhurst to celebrate our patronal feast.For the churches served by the Jesuits in Manchester, Preston, Liverpool, Stonyhurst and retreat staff, former students of Jesuit schools, colleges and university chaplaincies.There wil be light refreshments and a tour of the Stonyhurst College MuseumTo book a place on the tour please email t.curtis.sj@stonyhurst.ac.ukFor more details and transport information please contacts Debbie Reynolds at SFX Liverpool: d.reynolds@...
Debbie and Fr Denis in the new SFX memorial garden
The Feast of St Ignatius is always a joyful day in the Jesuit calendar.  Jesuits congratulated their many jubilarians at special masses for friends and alumni at Farm Street Church in London and at St Francis Xavier’s in Liverpool.  Staff in Jesuit ministries held services of thanks and praise, celebrated with special meals and sometimes even a half day’s holiday.Twelve Jesuit priests and brothers were joined by a large congregation at St Francis Xavier’s Liverpool for the annual...

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