Manchester Universities Catholic Chaplaincy

Formby pinewoods Credit Stan Lewis
Manchester Universities Catholic Chaplaincy held a weekend residential retreat at St Joseph's prayer centre in Formby last month. Led by chaplains Sr Cecilia, Fr William Pearsall SJ and Br Geoff te Braake SJ, eleven students considered the theme of Belonging, and spent half a day in silent contemplation. “It was a rewarding experience full of graces with a deep quality to the questions posed” observed Sr Cecilia.For most participants it was the first time they had attempted a...
Week of guided prayer opening liturgy
The Jesuits’ spirituality outreach team is having a busy week.  On Sunday they began a week of guided prayer(WGP) in Manchester at the Jesuit-led Universities’ Catholic chaplaincy.  46 participants have signed up – a mixture of students, staff and local people from nearby Earlham parish.  They are supported by a team of twelve prayer guides.“This is a particularly grace-filled week” observed Steve Hoyland, the team leader.“Three years ago we held a week of guided prayer here in...
Sean Ryan
In the recent New Year’s honours list a former pupil of Mount St Marys College, Sean Ryan (known as Sean Fogarty when he was at school), received an MBE for his pioneering work on refugee resettlement. Sean Ryan’s own story has a particular edge to it and explains where he found the tenacity to develop such pioneering work in refugee resettlement.  Working in the arts in the time of austerity has been a precarious existence for many people.  A professional musician and creative...
Amy and Fr William
The Jesuits at the Holy Name Church in Manchester are seeking to uncover memories and stories from the church’s parish past, with the help of Heritage Lottery funding.The Holy Name was built by the Jesuits in 1871, and operated as a very busy parish for a large community which included many Irish immigrants.  In the early 1960s much of the housing was cleared and communities moved to outlying districts.  Manchester University spread out along Oxford Road and the Holy Name became the...
Jesuit scholastic Kensy Joseph SJ is to be ordained to the diaconate by Bishop John Arnold on Saturday 11th November at Holy Name Church, Manchester.All are welcome to celebrate with us on this happy occasion.Kensy joined the novitiate in 2007.  He is currently studying for an MA in Religions and Theology at Manchester Univeristy and is a member of the Manchester Universities' Catholic Chaplaincy team.
Tim Byron SJ (L) and Michael Leonard
Michael Leonard, the executive director of Launching Leaders, spoke today about how the course’s interfaith approach has enabled millennials all around the world to experience a unique synergy with one another. The interfaith version of Launching Leaders had its global pilot last year at Manchester Universities Catholic Chaplaincy. The course helps young people find fulfilment through applying proven principles and spirituality to their everyday lives. This version of the course was developed...
As the term starts again in Manchester, one of the largest student conglomerations in Europe, two new staff members join the Jesuit run chaplaincy team. Sr Alicia Pérez from Madrid,  a member of the Faithful Companions of Jesus, joins Sr Cecilia. Alicia finished a PhD in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University before entering the order. She was keen to work In Manchester after a powerful experience in Argentina collaborating with a Jesuit team in Ignatian retreats for young adults....
Mark Pearce, Ashlyn Whitty of the HLF and Fr William
The Holy Name Church in Manchester is undergoing something of a transformation during July and August.  The interior is swathed in polythene sheeting and the church is closed for two months while essential works are undertaken to remove asbestos from the undercroft.The church, which has a Grade 1 heritage listing,  was built in 1871 and has been a familiar landmark on Manchester’s Oxford Road, now at the heart of the University campus but then in a crowded residential district. ...
Cardinal Nichols, with the Mayor and Chief rabbi, and 100 young people
Cardinal Vincent Nichols yesterday invited young people to Archbishop’s House for an Interfaith Iftar - the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan.  Also attending and speaking at the event were the Chief Rabbi and the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.The 100 young people came together to discuss how to bring faith and non faith communities together in London for the betterment of all– and a number of them are now putting plans together to implement their ideas.A number of the young...
Students at the chaplaincy
Three students about to graduate from Manchester Universities reflect on their time in the city and on the influence the Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy (MUSCC) has had on their university experience.MUSCC aims to provide a warm and safe environment in which students feel secure, and are enabled to grow in appreciation and understanding of the Catholic Christian tradition.Robbie, a law student who plans to go back to his home in Germany to complete a master’s degree in computer...

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