Fr Dominic Robinson SJ

This week on Radio Maria England, Padre’s Hour will feature Father Dominic Robinson and some of the volunteers that support the lunch kitchen at Farm Street Church. Father Dominic shares how the parish is supporting its parishioners and also the wider community during the pandemic. This episode of Padre’s Hour will be broadcast on Friday 22nd January at 2am and Saturday 23rd January at 5pm.You can listen to the programme by:Radio - You will need a DAB+ (digital radio). For...
Christmas meals were provided all through Christmas by central London Catholic Churches.Meals and homeless services have been “busier than ever” according to Fr Dominic Robinson, parish priest of Farm Street and chair of Westminster diocese Justice and Peace Commission.Farm Street and St Patrick’s in Soho provided food from their premises, alongside St James in Piccadilly. The Sant’ Egidio Community fed hundreds in Central London on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. “There seem to be more and more...
The first time I met Riccardo Fiori was at his restaurant, Delfino, on Mount Street, just around the corner from the Farm Street Jesuit church in central London. He was standing - socially-distanced of course – next to our table: attentive, at home in his own skin, a reassuring presence. Father Dominic Robinson, the parish priest, had just told him he’d be receiving another letter asking for help providing meals for those who are homeless. Riccardo immediately replied, ‘Don’t worry. Whatever...
Dominic Robinson SJ, parish priest at Farm Street Church, writes about the importance of #RedWednesdayOver the last five years, November has been a special month for Aid to the Church in Need (https://acnuk.org/) and their #RedWednesday campaign has been hugely successful in drawing attention to the persecution of Christians and the general issue of religious freedom. It’s now a global initiative and I would ask everyone to make this year’s #RedWednesday on 25 November a campaign day that can...
Fr Dominic interviewed by Newsnight during the first lockdown
Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, the chair of the Justice and Peace Commission In Westminster Diocese, explained to The Tablet the important role played by faith groups in tackling homelessness this winter: “As the cold weather looms the needs are getting more serious, with increasing numbers on the poverty line.” He reported that Westminster City Council wants to work with faith groups, “and this is a time to work together”. Joint initiatives planned at his Farm Street parish include mental health...
All through November, Radio Maria England’s programme, Padre’s Hour, will be focusing on the work of Aid to the Church in Need in the lead up to #RedWednesday on 25 November when people are asked to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians and all who suffer for their peacefully held beliefs.Among those interviewed are Fr Dominic Robinson, the Parish Priest of Farm Street Church of the Immaculate Conception who is also the Ecclesiastical Assistant or Chaplain to ACN UK.Padre’s Hour is...
Fr Dominic interviewed by Newsnight during the first lockdown
In this special report, BBC2's Newsnight heard from Fr Dominic Robinson of Farm Street Church talk about the crisis facing unemployed and homeless people after the pandemic.Speaking from the Central London Catholic Churches’ refreshment hub in Trafalgar Square, Fr Dominic said: "We are seeing more and more people who have lost their jobs in all sorts of places, a lot from the hospitality sector. This is a crisis that isn't going to go away."Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service...
Religious in England and Wales have been asked to offer space in their buildings to vulnerable people who face street homelessness as the emergency housing scheme put in place for the pandemic draws to a close.Hundreds of vulnerable people will urgently need accommodation by the end of July, when the hotels and hostels currently housing street homeless people reopen for business.Some 5,400 people who were housed in emergency accommodation for the three-month lockdown now face being made...
Fr Dominic Robinson SJ was interviewed by BBC London News about the reopening of Farm Street Church and the effect the increased congestion charge could have on attendance and church life For weeks Mass has looked very different at Farm Street Church in central London. During the pandemic it’s been streamed online. Soon the congregation will be allowed back but Fr Dominic is worried that the congestion charge means that some won’t return. Fr Dominic said: “Just about all of our congregation, 1...
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Catholic groups have lobbied the Government in a bid to ensure that around 5,400 homeless people who have been housed in emergency pandemic accommodation for three months do not return to rough sleeping.The groups are calling for adequate resources made available to keep them off the streets post-pandemic. Also, they are urging the Government to revise its exclusion of vulnerable groups, to help for example the many migrants who have no recourse to public funds.“We are working with local...

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