Parliamentary interns

Members of the new community
The Jesuits are supporting a group of young Catholics to create a new community in the former international Jesuit students’ residence in Wimbledon.With the closure of Heythrop College in October 2018, the community houses in London which supported Jesuit scholastics from round the world are being re-purposed as the province considers and plans for a new and different future ministry in the intellectual apostolate.Two former participants in what is now called the ‘Faith and Politics Internship...
The 2017 interns
Applications are open to become a Faith in Politics intern in the academic year beginning in September 2018.Since 2003 the Catholic Parliamentary and Public Policy Internships scheme has seen nearly 90 young Catholics spend a year working in Parliament or with agencies of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.The scheme is unique in the way that it offers a foundation of Catholic faith and spiritual formation for those who believe that they may have a vocation to public service in politics...
I arrived with five other recent graduates at St Beuno’s Jesuit Retreat Centre in North Wales, a short taxi ride from the Welsh town of Rhyl. The six of us had been sent to St Beuno’s as part of the induction process for the faith and politics internships offered by Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. After a week of meetings all over central London, the second week was a silent retreat. The contrast on arriving at the centre was palpable.We had all looked forward to this...
Fr Paul Nicholson SJ and Frank Turner SJ will be providing spiritually accompaniment to the parliamentary internship programme which has just begun.  The Catholic Parliamentary and Public Affairs Internship Scheme, which began in 2003,  will place seven recently graduated Catholics in a variety of work placements, offering them an intensive experience of political and social action in a spiritual context.  This year’s group is drawn from all over the country with...
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...
The interns pictured with their chaplain  Frank Turner SJ
The Catholic Parliamentary and Public Affairs internship scheme has got underway for its fourteenth year.  Nine interns had a week of formation led by Fr Frank Turner SJ and Fr Paul Nicholson SJ at St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales. The scheme, which is run by the Bishops’ Conference for England and Wales, provides recently graduated Catholics with an intensive experience of political and social action in a spiritual context. This year placements include...