fundraising

Hands holding coins and a sapling.
I have a friend who is a professional fundraiser. Like professional politicians and professional journalists, professional fundraisers are commonly regarded by a cynical public as professional liars whose only contribution to society is to part the gullible from their money – a kind of Darwinian economic determinism. That is, of course, when they are not morally blackmailing overly generous little old ladies to the point of suicide. (Sadly, there are real such examples.)But my friend assures me...
Evelyn Waugh
The recognised authority on Edmund Campion, Professor Gerard Kilroy, Senior Research Fellow at Campion Hall, is co-editing a new edition of Evelyn Waugh's Edmund Campion.This was first published in 1935 with the express purpose of raising funds in response to the appeal for the newly-built Campion Hall which had been launched by Fr Martin D'Arcy SJ, who was Master at the time. This new authoritative edition promises to provide a fascinating study of the immense influence that the celebrated...
Chris Krall SJ and a Womble
This Sunday, 14 runners are taking on the challenge of the London Marathon for Jesuit Missions. The funds they raise will support young people struggling to survive in one of the most volatile regions in the world.Late in 2011, thousands fled extreme violence, attacks on civilians and destruction of property in the Sudanese states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. They sought refuge in their newly-formed neighbour, South Sudan. But violence soon caught up with them. In 2013, civil war erupted in...
Ruth shares her experience of a week of guided prayer retreat run by the Jesuits at her parish.“I decided to do the Week of Guided Prayer after hearing about it at mass one Sunday evening. It was one of the most important decisions I have ever made. During and after the week I was so free of anything that troubled me before, everything was clear and I felt nothing but joy all the time, it was incredible! I learned how I can find God in all things, which brings so much more meaning to these...
Jesuit bikers in Brighton
It’s only 54 miles...Ten Jesuits and friends are cycling from London to Brighton on August 6th to raise money to help refugees in the UK.“Some of us cycle a lot, some of us cycle a little... we enjoy biking around the cities we have lived in and in London where we live now. We got talking about what we as Jesuits, colleagues, family and friends could do for the refugees who come to JRS. It's a long ride of 54 miles and we will be a bit sore the next day, but we will have a good...
Daniel Smith of St Aloysius' College in action on the climbing wall
Personal ExcellenceDaniel Smith, a pupil at St Aloysius’ College, has recently won two gold medals at the British Mountaineering Council’s Open Youth Championships. He competed in the Lead and Boulder categories at Youth C level, scoring the highest points in each climbing style.The British Mountaineering Council’s website congratulated Daniel on his impressive achievement, securing ‘the double’ at his first national competition since being selected for the Team GB Youth Climbing Squad. From...
Runners Feet
The head of the sixth form at Wimbledon College, Dominic Boyse, admits that he is not a born runner, however he is currently in training and this Sunday 27 September plans to overcome his natural antipathy to running and take part in his second Ealing Half Marathon - for the uninitiated that’s 13 miles 192 yards – and two half marathons make one full one!Dominic will be running with his eldest son, Ollie, and he is raising much needed funds for the Faith in Action Homeless Project in Merton and...
Happy Feast!Every year on July 31st we celebrate the feast of our founder St Ignatius. For Jesuits around the world it is a time of reflection on how the teachings and example of St Ignatius relate to our ministries today.  It is also the time when we ask our friends to offer financial support.In St Ignatius' Formula of the Society of Jesus, he states;“this Society will show itself no less useful in reconciling the estranged, in holily assisting and serving those who are found in prisons...
St Ignatius receiving alms from London merchants by Albert Chevallier-Tayler
For nearly 500 years the work of the Jesuits at the frontiers of the church has been powered by gifts and bequests from faithful, generous and visionary people.  These supporters are an integral part of the Jesuits’ long history of service to the church.St Ignatius was a skilled fundraiser who honoured the donors who enabled the Society of Jesus to grow and thrive so quickly in his lifetime. His only trip to Britain was in search of funds, and he rejoiced to find great generosity...
Tony, the blog writer, taking a break on his back at the side of the road
Continuing the blog from the intrepid Camino walkers from Farm Street Church in aid of Syrian refugees.To all those of you who are heartily sick of hearing me complain about my blisters I have a very special treat in store for you. The heat yesterday was so intense that my backpack - coupled with my own sweat took a couple of layers of skin off of my back. Andrea has just very kindly slathered me in miraculous cream so I write to you this afternoon lying on my front in my hotel-bed, slippery as...

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