Manchester Universities Catholic Chaplaincy

Today saw the launch of the Insight Film Festival Student Filmmaker Award 2015 at Farm Street parish in London. Artists, filmmakers, academics and students joined a panel which included Fr Dermot Preston SJ, Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, to talk about the portrayal of faith in the public sqaure, particularly in visual arts. All members of the panel echoed the sentiments of Festival Director Abdul-Rehman Malik, who said that amid a fall in church attendance, religion still continues...
At the Manchester Central Food Bank – one of the largest in the UK and the first to be run by students – staff are worried by the number of students using the facility.” It'd be ironic if it wasn't so depressing,” says volunteer Alexander Bulcock. “Since the beginning of the year, roughly 21 emergency food vouchers have been received by the food bank from students across Manchester. While this is a small portion of the overall volume of users at the food bank, it's a demographic that hasn't...
The Bishop of Salford has urged students and other worshippers in Manchester to be ‘missionary disciples’. Echoing the words of Pope Francis, he was speaking at Mass to celebrate the Jesuits’ 50 year association with the Catholic Chaplaincy on the University campus.Bishop John Arnold (pictured left) was celebrating Mass at Holy Name Church with the British Jesuit Provincial, Fr Dermot Preston SJ, and the Jesuit Chaplains to Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy. In his homily, he said...
A group of 20 Muslim doctors and surgeons from the North West led by Dr Manzar Ul Haq have attended midday mass at Holy Name Church in Manchester. They were greeted by Senior Jesuit Chaplain, Fr Tim Byron SJ, and several hundred worshippers including many students from Manchester Universities. Before mass, the group stood outside holding placards which said 'Together we unite - mourning the loss of human life' and 'Violence - not in our name' - they were spontaneously joined by some of the...
Every morning in Manchester, the 1833 Saint Vincent de Paul Society, or the SVP, runs a breakfast club in a local school. The SVP is a longstanding charitable arm of the Catholic Chaplaincy on Oxford Road. Their outreach work with the homeless of Manchester was, in fact, the catalyst for starting the first student-led foodbank in the country.“Just over a year ago, we had a discussion about the work that we do within the SVP,” says Jenny Hodge, President of the 1833 SVP Society. “We talked about...

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