Preston

Shirley Russo
"I came across St Zita whilst attending Year 6’s Leavers’ Mass at Our Lady and St Gerard’s Primary School in Lostock Hall, Preston, in my role as foundation governor," tells Shirley Russo, parishioner of St Wilfrid's in Preston. The children had made a display at the back of church of various patron saints and their roles, these included St Stephen for Altar Servers and St Pio for Eucharistic Ministers and, not as easy to spot, St Zita. How wonderful came the thought that there is a saint...
Several members from the Jesuit community in Preston, staff and parishioners of St Wilfrid’s joined over one hundred people gathered at Preston Flag Market for a Vigil to remember the victims of Christchurch terrorist attack.The event was well attended by people from various parishes in the city, members of the Catholic community and of different faiths. The initiative was first organized by Preston Faith Forum, alongside with Preston City Council's Faith Covenant Group, during the weekend...
John Battle, a former MP and a member of Leeds Citizens and the Chair of the Leeds Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission, is going to speak at the Xaverian Spirituality Centre in Preston on the theme “Love Needs to be Organised”. He will talk about the relationship between prayer and action and will draw analogies from the ruins of Kirkstall, a Cistercian Abbey near Leeds and Armley Remand Prison following Thomas Merton’s theme of the relationship between contemplation and action.The talk will...
The interior of St Wilfrid's Church in Preston; Commons Wikimedia
The parishioners of St Wilfrid’s Church in Preston are preparing for several months of disruption, as scaffolding is erected to enable maintenance and decoration to take place in the 18th century building.  The work will also mean that the organ will not be available for services; but, once completed, it should enable the parishioners to enjoy the beauty of their church for many years to come.Writing in the weekly newsletter, parish priest Fr Stephen Patterson SJ, informed the...
Lenten journey with refugeesIn the weeks leading up to Lent, an idea emerged out of the parish Faith & Justice group to try and connect creatively with both the refugee situation and the imminent liturgical journey through Lent and Easter.A small group of us met and an idea emerged of using one of the church’s side chapels to host a scene that would gradually develop and evolve in keeping with the themes of Lent and Easter. Ignatius encourages us to use our imaginations to make the...
On care for our common homeOur short series of talks given by Jesuits based on issues arising from Pope Francis’ encyclical continues with Henry Longbottom SJ:How do we put Laudato Si into practice?  From environmental advocacy to greening church buildings.The talk will be followed by a time for questions and open discussion. Tea and coffee will be available.
One of the lay staff from the Jesuit presbytery in Preston is helping to distribute aid in Nepal following last month's earthquake. Hari Krishnakarki, one of the weekend cooks at St Wilfrid's Church, was visiting family when the 7.8 magnitude quake struck on 25 April. Nothing was heard from him for several days until he was located at the BibekShil Youth project in Bhaktapur, where he was helping the relief efforts."We distributed rice, salt, oil, dal [pulses], noodles, biscuits and Dalmot...
The Feast of St Edmund Arrowsmith SJ has been celebrated with Mass in the house where he was captured prior to his martyrdom in Lancaster in 1628. Fr Joe Duggan SJ of St Wilfrid’s Church in Preston celebrated Mass for several local Catholics on 28 August, in the house where Arrowsmith was captured and taken to Lancaster Castle to be hanged, drawn and quartered.The house is situated just outside Preston in Hoghton and is owned by the mother of the Director of Music at St Wilfrid's,...
There are records of Jesuit priests working in Preston from 1701 and St Wilfrid's parish in Preston was established less than 100 years later. Fr Joseph Dunn, an ex-Jesuit, who continued to minister in the town after the suppression of the Society in 1773, was the driving force behind the building of the church. St Wilfrid’s Church in Chapel Street, near the centre of Preston, was opened in 1793. Since then, it has continued to serve an active Catholic population. Although the present church...
I was born in 1966, in Oldham. Entered the Society of Jesus in 1997 and was ordained priest in 2008. Between September 2013 and May 2014 I completed a period of Jesuit formation known as Tertianship, so in one way I was between past and future missions as a Jesuit priest. However, just previous to beginning Tertianship I completed a Master’s degree in Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, US, and before that worked for two and a half years as a Parish Priest in Guyana, South...