Jesuits in Britain

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...
Today, Monday 18th January, marks the beginning of the annual week of prayer for Christian unity A booklet from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland offering material for use in prayer during this week can be found here.It includes suggestions for individual and community prayer, as well as (in its centre pages) a pull-out section that could be used for a communal celebration. Sign up for the Jesuits in Britain e-newsletter here
The Jesuits in Britain have joined a coalition of asset owners, asset managers and other finance industry stakeholders to express concern over reports that food boxes provided by the catering company, Chartwells, to the most disadvantaged families in the UK, are falling short of expectations. Chartwells is a subsidiary of the British multinational contract foodservice company, Compass Group, and in a joint open letter to Compass CEO, Dominic Blakemore, the coalition have called for...
Brother Stephen Power SJ, Chair of the Management Board for Jesuit Missions and Manager of the Jesuits in Britain’s ethical investment strategy, is working with a diverse group of 14 other institutional investors backing ShareAction’s call for HSBC to reduce its exposure to fossil fuels.Fifteen institutional investors, with a combined US $2.4 trillion in assets under management, have filed a climate change resolution at HSBC. The resolution, co-ordinated by responsible investment NGO ...
Fr Rutilio Grande SJ
Read the cartoon strip of a great saintThe story of Rutilio Grande SJ is told in words and pictures by Joe Owens SJ and John Paul de Quay on pages 12 / 13 of the latest edition of Jesuits & Friends here.Pope Francis proclaimed Rutilio Grande a martyr for the Catholic faith in February 2020, taking him a step closer to sainthood. Rutilio Grande was a Jesuit priest who inspired St Oscar Romero and was himself a victim of El Salvador’s fascist death squads in 1977.Grande's death and his...
We talked to Vron Smith, a member of the spirituality team, about the formation of a new generation of spiritual accompaniers.What is ‘Introduction to Spiritual Accompaniment’?It’s a course, shaped over time by givers and participants alike, that aims to respond to the deep need for forming people who can journey alongside others in all kinds of contexts as they explore meaning, life, faith, God, and then try to live out what they discover in their everyday reality. It also supports people on...
On the 1st of April 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, 14 guests from ‘Hope for Southall Street Homeless’ shelter were provided with hotel accommodation by Ealing council and the Greater London Authority. It addressed an immediate problem. Since then, the staff of HSSH have been supporting them as best as possible.The work continues to look after those homeless people who have been housed in hotels and hostels. As we learn to live with COVID-19, efforts have been made to provide...
An International campaign calling for Fr. Stan Swamy SJ’s freedom on International Human Rights Day has been launched. The 83-year-old priest and human rights activist, who also suffers from Parkinson’s disease, has currently spent 63 days in prison.Fr Stan was arrested on 8 October by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India, He has been falsely accused of having personal links with a banned extremist Maoist group. Today, Jesuits and lay workers around the world have been determinedly...
Senior Jesuits from around the world have published an open letter to world leaders including Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel and Ursula von der Leyen urging them to act against climate change.The letter was motivated by the postponement of the United Nation’s 26th Conference of Parties (COP 26) due to COVID-19. The UK government were to host the conference in Glasgow at the beginning of November, this year. Rem, “While COVID-19 remains a clear and present danger to the health and security of...
Readings: Deuteronomy 30:9b-14; John 12:23-26A Jesuit, particularly a Jesuit saint, is a person who prays at the end of the Spiritual Exercises that he may be able to love and serve his Divine Majesty in everything. To help us make this prayer and to savour this truth about our Jesuit vocation, today we have heard texts from the book of Deuteronomy, the concluding book of the Pentateuch and an extract from a gospel little read outside Lent and Easter, namely John, the so-called spiritual gospel...

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