homeless

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.  ...
Pupils of St Aloysius College in Glasgow have raised £1,300 for a local charity by pelting their teachers with wet sponges and staging their own talent show. The Jesuit college’s S5 and S6 pupils stages events to raise money for Salt and Light, a charity which offers crucial help and support for vulnerable people on the streets of Glasgow.Last month, members of Salt and Light visited the college to talk to senior pupils and help them understand more about the charity and the...
Fr Martin Maier SJ at St Martin in the Fields Church
24 March was the 34th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero. An ecumenical service took place on 22 March in St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London, at which the preacher was German Jesuit, Fr Martin Maier SJ who worked for many year in El Salvador. This is the text of what Fr Maier said:Brothers and sisters, dear friends of Monseñor Oscar Romero,I feel honoured and happy to speak to you in this ecumenical service in this church of St Martin in the Fields,...
Paul became a Jesuit in 1987. Alongside his Jesuit training  he trained as a medical doctor.  Paul spent 3 years in Guyana but after his tertianship he returned to the UK.  Paul now works as a GP at the Mary Hickey clinic for street homeless within the Cardinal Hume Centre. He is Director of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre. Paul is also a regular contributor to the province blog "Ignatian Insight" where you can read some of his homilies and stories of the way...

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