Paul Nicholson SJ

While sales of novels, short stories and biographies wax and wane, one constant in the world of publishing seems to be that there is an ever-growing demand for self-help books. Titles that promise to show you how to fix your life, or at least whatever part of it that might seem to be broken, fill the “Mind, Body, Spirit” sections of bookshops. Few, though, of these titles are written from a specifically Christian perspective. The Catholic Truth Society hopes to change that, with a new...
The magazine of the Jesuits in Britain is celebrating its 100th issue this summer with a trip down memory lane.This 100th edition of Jesuits and Friends has a fold-out central section, with a timeline reviewing the past 99 issues.Looking back over the last 100 issues in the archives was an interesting exercise for the current editorial team. As the current Editor, Fr Paul Nicholson SJ, put it, “memories have been stirred and half-forgotten events recalled – did he really look like that? What...
Five celebrants outside Sacred Heart Church
Yesterday evening five Jesuits celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of their ordination to the priesthood with many family and old friends.  The Sacred Heart Church in Wimbledon was the location of the ordinations in 1988, celebrated by Bishop Victor Guazelli and Fr Michael Campbell-Johnson SJ, who had recently taken over as Provincial.All five Jesuits retained strong links to the Wimbledon area so it was fitting to return to the Sacred Heart Church for the celebration.  Both Adrian...
Jesuits & Friends issue 11
The summer edition of Jesuits and Friends magazine will be the one hundredth since the magazine was first published in 1985.  To celebrate this achievement the editorial team has looked back over the archive to collect together some highlights from the last 33 years.  We will be publishing some of the most interesting stories on the website over the coming weeksIf you do not already subscribe to receive Jesuits and Friends, please follow the link below to receive the magazine in the...
How should 500 years since the beginning of the Protestant Reformation be commemorated?  The latest edition of the Way explores this question from multiple angles. There are a variety of articles exploring the Reformation from an Evangelical, Methodist, Anglican, Orthodox and Lutheran perspective. The latest edition also looks at Martin Luther's 'conversion' from a psychological standpoint, with contemporary insights about mid-life transition.  The Way, which is a...
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...
Ward Biemans SJ (L) and Wiggert Molenaar SJ (R) make final vows
In his last assignment as British Provincial Fr Dermot Preston SJ travelled to Antwerp on 30th August with Fr Paul Nicholson SJ in order celebrate the inauguration of the new independent region of the European Low countries that replaces the Jesuit provinces of Flanders and the Netherlands.Since 2012 Fr Johan Verschueren SJ has been provincial of both the Flanders and Netherlands provinces, as a preliminary step to the joining of the two provinces as the new region where he is now the regional...
Emma Holland in the new studio
On the vigil of the Feast of Ss Peter and Paul, the Mount Street Jesuit Community last night celebrated an unusual ceremony: the blessing of a new recording studio for Pray as you go.Paul Nicholson SJ, concelebrating with Fr Superior Dominic Robinson SJ, commented “it required a bit of Jesuit improvisation as there isn’t anything appropriate in any standard book of blessings”.After ten years of recording in a “temporary” studio and two years of fundraising, the Pray as you go (PAYG) prayer...
The Catholic Truth Society has published a new booklet on prayer by Paul Nicholson SJ.Entitled Pathways to God – a guide to the practice of silent prayer, it describes eleven different ways to pray, gives you step-by-step instructions on how to go about them, and invites you to try them for yourself.Drawing on a tradition that has its roots in the experience of the Jesuit founder St Ignatius of Loyola, Fr Paul Nicholson invites readers, who are looking to the Christian contemplative tradition...
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“Have you said your prayers?”When I was a child, my mother would ask me that each night before I went to sleep. Perhaps yours did the same.So the idea of praying as speaking words to God came to me early on. Later I read in the gospel about a time when his disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. “Say this when you pray”, he said, and taught them the Our Father.Reciting set prayers can take you a long way in building your relationship with God. For Catholics, the Our Father, Hail Mary,...

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