Covid-19

When I celebrated mass publicly for the first time in almost four months on Tuesday 7th July, which happened to be my 47th anniversary of priesthood, I did something for the very first time at mass in those 47 years of priesting – wore a visor to give out communion.Liverpool Archdiocese has been meticulous in laying down practical rules and regulations to enable mass to be celebrated during the covid-19 era. The aim is to provide as secure a situation as possible to maintain high standards of...
Just after Christmas, there was great excitement in the Parish of St John XXIII, the English-speaking community here in Geneva with more than 72 nationalities among its congregation. We are a truly International community with the World Health Organisation headquarters and the UN’s Palais des Nations literally just down the road from our church. Ignatian spirituality first arrived in our parish through the Growth in Prayer and Reflective Living course in 2019 and this group now wanted to...
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...
Working from home is tricky for archivists.  The archive is shut, the material we work with is inaccessible.  We can't bring a couple of boxes of old documents home, or a volume of 18th century bound letters, and get on with cataloguing them from our kitchen tables.  There are no researchers visiting the archive at the moment, so we have no research questions to answer and in reply to most of the email enquiries we have to say that we cannot help until we are back in the archive...
One of the long-standing volunteers at the Jesuit Refugee Service in Wapping, Mike Guilfoyle, shares his thoughts about having terminal cancer during the Covid-19 pandemic."The last few months have been among the most emotionally challenging of my life and my normal recourse to active participation in voluntary work which acted to connect me with my foundational Christian beliefs, enacted most importantly in the guiding philosophy underpinning the JRS, to serve, accompany and advocate, was...
In a special edition of “The Pope Video“, the Holy Father asks us to pray for the sick and the suffering, while thanking all those who, united and regardless of their religious tradition or convictions, pray for those affected.(Vatican City, 24 March 2020) – The Holy Father Pope Francis wanted to share a particular prayer message in a special edition of The Pope Video, in an initiative of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. In a context marked by the global pandemic of the COVID-19...
In this blog, Irish Jesuit Niall Leahy SJ takes a look at the economic upside of the Covid-19 outbreak. “There will be a recession, and it may be very severe. Economic activity is grinding to a halt. Businesses will face a cash crunch within weeks, and there is likely to be mass lay-offs, beginning in the hospitality industry and soon extending to the rest of the economy.”Pat Leahy », political editor of the Irish Times, is mostly right. There will be a recession sparked by lower consumer...