Forty international missionaries signed up for London visit of Jesuit saint

The organisers of the visit of the relics of St Claude La Colombiere and St Margaret Mary have recruited a team of over forty missionaries to accompany the relics and evangelize during the five day Sacred Heart of Mercy mission 9th-13th November.

The visit is the initiative of the Emmanuel Community – an international Catholic community founded at Paray-le-Monial in France in 1972.  Their London chapter, based at Our Lady of Victories Kensington, is collaborating with the Jesuits at Farm Street Church, and St Patrick’s Soho.

Many of the missionaries are members of the Emmanuel Community which has more than 10,000 members in 59 countries.  Three are travelling all the way from Australia while one comes from the USA. Nineteen are coming from across Europe, from Ireland to Slovenia, and a further nineteen from Britain have also signed up.   The missionaries include five priests and two sisters.

Domitille Delattre of the Emmanuel Community said “We are delighted that so many people from around the world  have signed up together with many Londoners to be part of the Sacred Heart of Mercy mission which will be a great opportunity to give inspiring witness to the Catholic faith and renew the Catholic community in London.”

Anyone wishing to register as a missionary can do so here   

The service to welcome the relics will include Mass celebrated by Bishop John Wilson at Farm Street Church at 5.15pm on Wednesday 9th November. This will be followed by a talk from Jan Graffius, Curator of Collections at Stonyhurst College, on the historical context of St Claude’s mission to London.

Mass and night vigils will take place on 10th, 11th and 12th November at Our Lady of Victories Kensington and St Patricks Soho, which already holds a holy relic of St Claude.  There will be visits of the relics to Wormwood Scrubs Prison, to Tyburn Convent, to the hospice of St John and St Elizabeth and to the London Oratory School in Fulham.  The public programme will include opportunities for witness and street evangelisation in central London before the relics depart for France on Sunday 13th November.

For updates on the full programme please visit the Emmanuel Community website