Liverpool

Scarves laid out in memory of the 96 who died at Hillsborough
Last week, one of the gentlemen asked me why I didn’t preach about football any more and if this was in any way connected to Liverpool’s less than brilliant start to the season. That gentleman, of course, supports Manchester United!I said “no, of course not, I was merely waiting for the right occasion.”So, “Love your neighbour as yourself?!”Why your neighbour?Why not the people down the road?or some people in the next town?Or some other people a nice safe distance away..?Or the man in the moon?...
An hour of  Evening Prayer and Bach Cantata at SFX on Sunday 14 May.  This is one of a series of similar events organised by Phillip Duffy, ex Master of Music at the Cathedral, and Friend of SFX Church.  Come along and enjoy a peaceful end to your weekend with some excellent music.Es ist euch gut, das ich hingeheIt is for your good that I depart (Cantata 108)A Cantata in preparation for the feast of The Ascension. Christ tells the disciples that he is soon to leave them; but...
Liverpool city centre Credit Geograph.org.uk
A series of eight talks by guest historians will take place across the weekend, giving an insight to a variety of local subjects. More than 50 groups and societies will be exhibiting throughout the weekend including the Friends of St Francis Xavier.We'd be delighted to see you at our stall in St Georges Hall during the Big History Weekend on Saturday/Sunday 29/30 April.  There will be a great selection of stalls and exhibitions for visitors to enjoy throughout the two days.Friends...
Fr Denis Blackledge SJ & Debbie Reynolds with Drew Pritchard (left) in SFX
St Francis Xavier’s Church in Liverpool (SFX) has played host to a team of antique dealers for a recording of a television programme which searches the length and breadth of the UK in search of weird and wonderful artifacts.Salvage Hunters is broadcast on Quest, operated by Discovery Networks Northern Europe, which provides factual, lifestyle and entertainment programmes, as well as other imported material. The programme is hosted by Drew Pritchard who is described as a modern day...
Archbishop Paul Gallagher
A senior Vatican prelate who was educated by the Jesuits in Liverpool has called for Jerusalem to be given “special status on an international level”, saying that interreligious dialogue and education are crucial for peaceful co-existence in the region.Archbishop Paul Gallagher, who is now Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State, was a student at St Francis Xavier’s College in Woolton, Liverpool, which was founded by the Society of...
Liverpool pilgrims in Wadowize
More than two dozen parishioners from the North West of England, including several from St Francis Xavier’s Church (SFX) in Liverpool, have taken part in a pilgrimage to Poland as part of their celebrations for the Year of Mercy. The 28 pilgrims came from the Liverpool City Centre North Pastoral Area and their visit included places of significance to Saint Pope John Paul II, the home of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa and sites of Second World War atrocities.The pilgrimage to Krakow was...
Sean Bean will play Fr Michael Kerrigan in the BBC drama 'Broken': flickr/Public Domain
Filming has begun on a new BBC drama series entitled Broken, which has been written by Jesuit alumnus, Jimmy McGovern, and stars Sean Bean and Anna Friel. Centred around a Catholic priest in a Northern urban parish, the Church of St Francis Xavier in Liverpool is being used as a location for the six-part series which is due to be shown on BBC One after Christmas.Jimmy McGovern was brought up five minutes’ walk away from Saint Francis Xavier’s Church (SFX) and went to SFX infants and...
Jimmy McGovern was a pupil at St Francis Xavier's College
A new BBC One drama series set in the North West has strong Jesuit connections. The BBC has confirmed that the leading role in Broken (working title) will be played by Sean Bean. Filming of the primetime series is due to start next month, with the six episodes broadcast after Christmas.The new drama is written by Jimmy McGovern who was brought up five minutes’ walk away from Saint Francis Xavier’s Church (SFX) and went to SFX infants and primary school. He then went on to be taught...
The memorial to Gabriel Coury is unveiled in Sefton Park, Liverpool. Credit: Christian Smith
A First World War Jesuit alumnus has been honoured in Liverpool, 100 years after being awarded the Victoria Cross.Gabriel Coury was born on 13 June 1896 in Liverpool to an Armenian father and French mother. He was taught by the Jesuits at St Francis Xavier’s College in Liverpool and subsequently at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire (1907 to 1913). On leaving Stonyhurst, he worked as an apprentice in a cotton brokerage and when the war broke out in 1914, he volunteered to join Kitchener...
A long heritage alongside the poorJesuits had a mission in the Liverpool area from the 17th Century. In 1712 they built the first Catholic chapel since the Reformation. A second larger chapel was built in 1736 only to be demolished by an anti-Catholic mob in 1738. It was rebuilt in the following year disguised as a warehouse. Much of the hard work which led to the opening of St Francis Xavier's Church in 1848 was done by the Society of St Francis Xavier, a group of lay people some of whom...

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