Coronavirus

A bit about Fr AugustoFr. Augusto Zampini-Davies is an Argentine priest from the Diocese of San Isidro, Buenos Aires. In April 2020 he was appointed Adjunct Secretary of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, having worked in the Dicastery since its creation in 2016. He is currently leading the Vatican’s post-COVID19 task force.  In 2018, Pope Francis appointed him as one of the experts/advisors to the Synod of the Amazon.  Trained as a moral...
Dr Lorna Gold transported us back six months to pre-covid days with a timely reminder that we were already in crisis, watching forest fires raging and water levels rising. Her talk allowed us to ‘face into’ the converging crisis of the pandemic and the climate emergency, re-imagining a new normal, given that the old normal was killing the planet. It was chilling to see slides and graphs of predicted scenarios which included phrases like “ potential unravelling of civilisation”, but we were...
Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, priest in charge, said:“Farm Street is delighted to reopen our doors to the general public. We will be open from 10:30am (12:30pm on Sunday) - 5pm every day. In the first instance this will be for private prayer as we prepare to open again for public worship. In opening our doors, we are giving out the right message to the world. During the last 10 weeks we have been reaching out remotely to our community and to so many others in London and around the world. This has...
Men’s Online Retreat 2020  “Gone Fishing” The weekend of July 3-5By Stephen HoylandFor the first month of lockdown, and to some extent still, I have felt distinctly unable to do my usual work and have felt less useful to the world - and as an unhelpful consequence, of less worth.  I personally haven’t had the extra burden of having to worry about food on the table, but during the pandemic, some have had financial worries too. In the fifth chapter of the gospel of Luke we read one...
Sarah Teather, Director of JRS-UK
Sarah Teather’s talk at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre began with words from Pope Francis that we are called to see the face of Christ who pleads with us for help among those who are fleeing or suffering.She gave us the opportunity for an encounter with this suffering, to understand something of lives which were already incredibly precarious before the outbreak of coronavirus, but which were then transformed to complete crisis. Those people, surviving by moving between the homes of various...
On the 20th March 2020, my teachers announced that our school was going to closeI was apprehensive as to what was happening around the world. As I watched the death toll rise daily and the world going into turmoil, I felt nervous and built up with fear as to what would happen next. This was such a surreal feeling. I felt inundated by news about what to do, what not to do, and what was happening to patients across the globe. What made me so upset was listening to the statistics about the daily...
During this difficult time, if you feel you need to speak to a Jesuit, either because you are experiencing symptoms or finding the lockdown particularly challenging, please contact me, Deirdre, at deirdre@beunos.com or Isobel from 11am to 12:30pm weekdays on 07960 801381 and we will facilitate this conversation for you. Conversations can take place on the telephone or via Zoom - whichever works best for you. This new service is a small response that has made a big difference...
 Volunteers from Farm Street and other London Catholic Churches have teamed up with Pandemic Pizza to provide homemade pizza, refreshments, fresh fruit and shower referrals to homeless people in London’s Trafalgar Square. The new, innovative partnership, set up today beside the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, is supporting some of the city’s most vulnerable people during the pandemic.  The Trafalgar Square Refreshment Hub was set up earlier this month by Farm Street volunteers...
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In an interview with Avvenire to mark Laudato si’ week (16-24 May 2020), Cardinal Michael Czerny SJ urges us to let the encyclical shape the way we think about the coronavirus crisis and find solutions to the fault lines it is highlighting. ‘Before being a “socio-environmental issue”, creation is a fundamental article of faith’, so how can a Christian view and love of the world, our common home, inspire change? This Laudato si’ week, celebrating the encyclical’s fifth anniversary, takes...
Thanks to the immense efforts of Jesuit Refugee Service volunteers and staff who have made huge strides with their emergency project to get urgent help to those in need during the pandemic. They have now delivered more than 250 essential food and toiletry packages, 200 mobile phone credit top-ups, and are now rolling out a prepaid Mastercard scheme to get emergency hardship grants to people safely. Jesuit parishes can get involved with this work by volunteering, or organising toiletry...

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