Manchester Universities Catholic Chaplaincy

Pupils from eight schools in Salford diocese at Stonyhurst
The Bishop of Salford addressed Catholic school pupils at an Aid to the Church in Need North-West (ACN-NW) event at Stonyhurst College last Wednesday. The ACN-NW event, ‘Stand Up for Faith and Freedom’, aimed to raise awareness among pupils from schools across Salford Diocese about the plight of persecuted Christians throughout the world.It was organised by Dr Caroline Hull, the manager of ACN-NW with guest speakers and volunteers from Manchester Universities’ Catholic...
Neverland Film poster
Just over 12 months ago Robyn Forsythe entered the Insight Student Filmmaker Award with a phenomenal synopsis for a film called Never Land, asking ‘Amidst the shouting of uninformed opinions, it is near impossible to understand what the facts really are about global warming. What is the truth? Is it too late? And where does faith fit in amongst all this?’Never Land follows 9-year-old Noah in Boscastle, who is terrified of rising sea levels and wakes up one day to find the whole...
Left to right: Kevin Lo, Ed Potter, Stephanie Meredith, Rokas Balsys, Ladislav Maluch
Five students from the Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy are planning a trip to Dodoma Tanzania to spend a month supporting primary school students at the Jesuit St Ignatius School Primary School. Stephanie Meredith, the chaplaincy administrator, is one of the team travelling out with Fr Tim Byron SJ, the senior chaplain, on 13th June.  She commented “ we do so much here on a local level helping those in crisis [through the student-run food bank] and we wanted to broaden our horizons...
Bishop Arnold at Holy Name Church
On Sunday 1st May, 11 RCIA students received their first sacraments at a special Mass at Holy Name Church. Bishop John Arnold presided at the Mass.Prior to confirming the RCIA candidates before a packed congregation, Bishop Arnold addressed those receiving their first sacraments in an off-the-cuff homily. He emphasised that the gift of Faith is not something to be kept to oneself, but something which Christians must share with others.“Pope Francis has said that we are Missionary...
The closing date for entries to the Student Filmmaker Award has been extended for a week and is now 8 May 2016.The Student Filmmaker Award is part of the Insight Film Festival and is supported by the Jesuits in Britain to encourage young filmmakers to consider faith as a theme for film.You need to be a either a current student at a college, university or film school in the UK or a recent student at one of these educational establishments, aged 18 or over, with an interest in and aptitude for...
One Night ACN event Holy Name Church 2015
Last Sunday 17th April, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) gave a talk at the Holy Name Church in Manchester to raise awareness of the plight of persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria.John Pontifex, the Head of Press and Information at ACN, spoke about his eye-witness encounters with Christians suffering for their faith in Iraq and Syria, where the ultimatum is so often ‘convert or die.’ During a moving talk to a full congregation, Pontifex displayed images of desecrated icons,...
View of St Joseph's Mossley where the week of guided prayer took place last week
For this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Jesuit spirituality team is undertaking  weeks of guided prayer in 20 Salford parishes.“This initiative is a wonder-ful example of collaboration,  encouraging the gifts of Jesuits and lay people to work together for the greatest good” says Fr Simon Bishop SJ, Director of Spirituality for the Jesuits in Britain.This ambitious project had its source and inspiration in a week of guided prayer (WGP) led by Fr Tim Byron SJ, senior chaplain at...
Fr Tim Byron SJ with members of NASFAT
Manchester Central Foodbank, which is operated under the auspices of the Jesuit led Manchester Universities' Catholic Chaplaincy,  has agreed to develop a partnership with a group of Nigerian Muslims  who form Nasrul llahi l fathi society (NASFAT). The foodbank recently received a generous donation of food from NASFAT.“It is great to be working together with the Nigerian Muslim community in Manchester in this way,” said Fr Tim Byron SJ,  a trustee of the foodbank, “With the...
Marianne Knowles festival Administrator, Abdul Rehman Malik Festival Director and Fr Tim Byron SJ
The Insight Film Festival Student Filmmaker Award 2016 was launched at an event at Farm Street Church on Wednesday.The award, now in its third year, is sponsored by the Jesuits in Britain and the Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy, led by senior chaplain Fr Tim Byron SJ.Fr Tim explained “we initiated this award with Insight because we felt that faith was worthy of more exploration in film.  Our aim is to encourage more young film students of all faiths and none to consider faith...
Week of guided prayer at Manchester Catholic chaplaincy
In the heart of Manchester, unprecedented numbers of young people are flocking to the Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy to discover God this Lent. Over 75 students signed up to participate in a Week of Guided prayer run by the Jesuit chaplains there. This number of students even surpassed Oxford’s record of 63 students, making it the most successful of its kind in the country.The Week of Guided Prayer initiative, while not exclusively existing for students, has been so successfully...

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