Manchester Universities Catholic Chaplaincy

The Manchester Mosque shared Ramadan with non-Muslims, July 2015/ShiaWaves - YouTube
Citizens UK, the national community organising charity, is visiting Manchester today for a public hearing for the Citizens Commission on Islam, Participation and Public Life. The Manchester Universities' Jesuit-led Catholic Chaplaincy is acting as the local agents of Citizens UK for this event: Chaplain, Fr Tim Byron SJ, and the Muslim Chaplain for the University invited those who are to give evidence and have arranged for the University to host it -...
Prayer in the Church of Reconciliation at Taizé, Wikipedia Commons
Students from universities and colleges throughout Britain are being invited to undertake a pilgrimage to Taizé for Holy Week and Easter. Chaplains in further education institutions are advising students that a coach will be picking up at Manchester and Birmingham, before heading for London from where they will leave Victoria Coach Station for Taizé in eastern France on Saturday 19 March.“My experience is that it is around this time that students are starting to think about Easter plans,” says...
Volunteers unload food for redistribution at the Manchester Central Foodbank
A year after being established by Members of both Houses of Parliament, Feeding Britain has this month published a report on the changing extent and causes of hunger in the UK. Among the groups that contributed to the research was the Manchester Central Foodbank – based at the Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy – which was the first student-led Foodbank in the country.  Submissions from the Manchester Foodbank to the All-Party report are quoted four times in the report. They...
The Prayer for the Day on BBC Radio 4 from 31 October will be offered by the Jesuit Chaplain at Manchester Universities Catholic Chaplaincy. Fr Tim Byron SJ will be using the opportunity to reflect on various events and anniversaries over the next seven days and suggesting prayerful ways of relating to them. Each day we will create an image to aid people to pray with us. We will post them here as each programme is aired. Prayer for the Day is produced by the Religion and Ethics Department...
Fr Tim Byron SJ is senior Catholic chaplain to the Universities of Manchester, and priest at the Holy Name Church, Manchester. He helped to set up and organise the Manchester Central Food Bank, the first student-run food bank in the UK.Recent national press reports say that food banks are being used by drug addicts to feed their habits. Fr Tim retorts “it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”Here Fr Tim explains how the food bank actually works.All food given out by food banks...
Cardinal Nichols
On the refugee crisis, Cardinal Vincent Nichols said yesterday, “This a disgrace. That we are letting people die and seeing dead bodies on the beaches, when together Europe is such a wealthy place. We should be able to fashion a short-term response, not just a long-term response”. “It is no longer an abstract problem of people on the scrounge. It’s not. It’s people who are desperate for the sake of their families, their elderly, their youngsters, their children. What is screaming out is...
A Manchester University student who is regular volunteer at the Catholic Chaplaincy has been recognised as the University’s Volunteer of the Year. Cecilia Medupin has not only been an active volunteer herself but she also tried to motivate and encourage other students to get involved in initiatives that help the local community.Among her many voluntary activities, Cecilia assists at Holy Name Church, participates in the student-led food bank and in the distribution of food to the homeless, and...
Students and academics will be advancing along their faith journeys over the next few weeks at two Jesuit-led Catholic Chaplaincies.In Oxford, a Don will be one of two people being baptised by Bishop William Kenney CP on Sunday 10 May. The ceremony at the Catholic Chaplaincy in Rose Place will also be the occasion to receive two students into the Catholic Church, who will then - along with the newly-baptised and two other students - receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Kenney who...
The Central Manchester Foodbank run by students of Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy has been boosted by collaborating with a local taxi company. Shoppers and other passengers using one of Cresta Cars’ fleet of 350 vehicles in Greater Manchester are being encouraged to leave an item of food in the cab at the end of their journeys, as part of the Taxi Tin Appeal. “Many of our taxi drivers live and work in the local community and see local families struggling,” says Cresta Cars’...
An overnight vigil of silent and guided prayer for persecuted Christian communities in Iraq and around the world will take place at Holy Name Church in Manchester this weekend. The Jesuit community in Manchester will be hosting talks on Aid to the Church in Need’s work in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon; the event will also include personal testimonies from Iraqi Christians, workshops, music and roundtable discussions.ONE NIGHT for Religious Freedom has received support from large sections of the...

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