homeless

Fr Peter McVerry SJ
Fr Peter McVerry SJ and the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice (JCFJ) have expressed their deep criticism of the government’s homelessness action plan, Rebuilding Ireland, on the third anniversary of its launch. According to Fr McVerry in an Irish Times op-ed, the plan has been “an abject failure”.Since the plan was launched, the official figures for homelessness have increased a full 65%. And this does not include such hidden homelessness as migrants with refugee status who are unable to move...
Jesus among the homeless at Holy Trinity Church, Braamfontein
The Homeless Jesus sculpture is to be unveiled at a Jesuit church in South Africa next week. The ceremony at Holy Trinity Church in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, will be attended by many homeless people who regularly attend Monday evening activities at the church.The “Homeless Jesus” is a work by Canadian sculptor Timothy P Schmalz and is a visual representation of Matthew 25, suggesting that Christ is with the most marginalized in our society. It portrays the Christ figure on a...
Carols by Candleight at Holy Name, Manchester
The Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy has been looking back over a busy year, which has seen a record-breaking Week of Guided Prayer, its very first Jesuit Mission visit to East Africa and the launch of several new projects. The Chaplaincy team provided a welcome to the Catholic students at Manchester Universities, which culminated with Carols by Candlelight last week, while providing initiatives which have enabled them to respond to the needs of the local community.When they...
Boscombe Angels in the Dorset town's precinct
Among the initiatives taking place for the Year of Mercy in Dorset is the Boscombe Angels. This is a group of volunteers who offer a practical caring Christian presence on the streets of Boscombe, particularly around the precinct. The project was set up by Churches Together in Boscombe in 2010 and teams of volunteers are out on the streets every Friday night and also on Saturdays when the town’s nightclub (capacity 1800) is open.“Parts of Boscombe are experiencing difficulties, largely caused...
'Homeless Jesus' at Regis College, Toronto
Methodist Central Hall in Westminster is applying to install one of the celebrated sculptures of the ‘Homeless Jesus’ by the internationally renowned artist Tim Schmalz. An original cast of the statue which depicts Christ lying anonymously in a blanket on a park bench is exhibited at the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto and Pope Francis himself has already blessed the work of art in the Vatican. If the application is successful, the sculpture at Methodist Central Hall,...
The Luv Preston drop-in for the homeless at St Wilfrid's Church
Volunteers at the Luv Preston Homeless Drop-in at St Wilfrid’s Church are providing a warm welcome – as well as warm food and drink – for dozens of people in the city, as they prepare for the onslaught of winter. Now in its tenth year – seven of them based at the community centre adjoining the Jesuit church in Winkley Square – the project offers support and housing advice alongside a meal and companionship for many of Preston’s residents who attend weekly from a rich variety of ages,...
Farm Street Church hall in central London was transformed into a dining room and then a dormitory as the parish welcomed 15 guests as part of the Night Shelter Project. It was one of seven churches – and a local synagogue – which served meals supplied by local hotels and restaurants and provided somewhere to sleep for people who would otherwise have spent the night on the streets of London.The Monday night initiative which took place over seven weeks this spring was a trial project in...
Jesuit parish workers involved with homeless people have described their ministries as “inspiring” and vowed to develop further the services they offer. The representatives from Jesuit parishes throughout Britain met recently at the Church of the Holy Name, Manchester, to exchange examples of good practice and show support for each other. They were joined by Mark Choonara, Community and Faith-based groups Outreach Worker from the Passage Day Centre in Westminster, who helped with...
Students at Manchester Universities' Catholic Chaplaincy have raised more than £400 for charity by taking on one of TV's keenest brains. They were taking part in a quiz night against Anne Hegerty - known as 'The Governess' on the ITV show The Chase - and won.As a member of the Catholic Writers Guild, Anne was familiar with the charitable initiatives of the students at the Jesuit-led chaplaincy and said she was delighted to accept their invitation to take part in the quiz...
Community Leaders in Southall, West London, have been invited to a meeting at St Anselm's Church to discuss homelessness in the district. Parish priest Father Gerard Mitchell SJ has issued the invitation so that local representatives might consider the plight of Street Homeless in Southall and how they might help them to find shelter.“Street homelessness is the most visible and challenging expression of housing need and social exclusion in Southall,” says Fr Mitchell.  ...

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