Simon Bishop SJ

Novices at Emo Court
The novitiate in Birmingham serves the Jesuit Provinces of Ireland, Britain and the Low Countries, and each year the novices and novice master undertake a tour of one of the three Provinces. This year, Ireland was the destination and the intended focus of the trip by the eight novices led by Novice Master Fr Simon Bishop SJ, was to attend the National Ploughing Championships at Screggan in county Offaly. First year Irish novice Desmond Gibney takes up the story: “It took some explaining to...
A team of Jesuit novices with Fr Simon Bishop SJ and Vron Smith recently joined a group of prisoners in HMP Hewell in the West Midlands, to accompany them on a week of guided prayer.It was a week of surprises, with prisoners from a wide range of age, race and even faith background. Novice Luke Taylor nSJ explained, "We offered a variety of Ignatian ways of prayer. Some prisoners shared one-on-one with a prayer guide while others drew their own spiritual journeys. Some entered scripture through...
Spirituality team
Over the past few months the Jesuits in Britain have been recruiting a team of three coordinators to support Fr Simon Bishop SJ (pictured above with the team) in developing the work of Ignatian spirituality in the UK.The three new spirituality coordinators met in Birmingham at the weekend for their first planning meeting.  A focus of this first meeting was helping to implement the vision of the new provincial, Fr Damian Howard SJ.  Working with Fr Simon Bishop SJ...
Three Jesuit novices take their first vows in Birmingham
We congratulate the three Jesuit novices took their first vows at St Mary’s Church, Harborne, Birmingham on Saturday.  The novices have completed their two years in formation at the Novice House in Birmingham which looks after novices from the three Jesuit provinces of North West Europe - Britain, Ireland and Flanders-Netherlands.  Taking vows were two novices from Britain: Christopher Brolly and Stephen Noon, and Teodor Avram from Ireland.  Presiding at the mass was Fr...
The Jesuit group outside Wembley SSE Arena. Emma Holland
Pupils from three Jesuit schools represented the Jesuits in Britain at Flame 2017 on Saturday.  They were accompanied by their chaplains James Potter (of Wimbledon College) and Stonyhurst College's Sarah Young, as well as Fr Matthew Power SJ, Vocations Director,  Fr Simon Bishop SJ, the province's Director of Spirituality, and Fr David Stewart SJ of the Ignatian Spirituality Outreach Ministry and National Director of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network.  Fr...
Participants gather at Wembley for Flame 2015. Westminster Youth Service
The Jesuits in Britain will joining other Catholic youth organisations and up to 10,000 young people when they gather at Wembley SSE Arena on Saturday for Flame 2017. Encouraged by the success of the Flame events in 2012 and 2015, Flame has now become an important event in the calendar of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.Flame 2017 is organised by the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed) and the organisers are hoping that participants in Flame 2017 will fill the Arena, which...
Sacred Heart Edge Hill, Credit Michael Button via Flickr
An expert team of spiritual directors is landing in Wimbledon in two weeks to deliver a week of guided prayer or “retreat in daily life” to the community of Sacred Heart parish and Wimbledon College.  Also joining the retreat will be staff from Jesuit Missions and students from Heythrop College.The Jesuits founded Sacred Heart parish in 1887 and Wimbledon College in 1892.  Although they left the parish in 2012, there remain three Jesuit houses on Edge Hill, one of which is...
A composite image of Thomas More and Edmund Campion SJ  facing each other
The Martin Scorcese film Silence now on general release. It highlights a time in the Church’s life in Japan when many Christians were martyred for their Christian faith. Jesuit priests and Catholic men and women were tortured in the hope that they would deny their faith in Christ and in His Body, the Church. It might seem very remote from our own time and experience and yet, today, we hear extraordinary stories of Christians in the Middle East, of Jesuits and Christian men and women,...
Novices Patrick, Christopher and Vinny take part in Saturday morning’s Rosary
Last weekend, a group of Jesuit novices, led by Fr Simon Bishop SJ, took part in ‘The Release: Light up the Sky’, a retreat weekend for young adults, organised by Youth 2000. Hosted at St Bernard’s Catholic High School, Rotherham, there was a great atmosphere throughout the weekend, not only among the novices from Manresa House in Birmingham but also among the entire 180-or-so young people who attended.The retreat involved periods of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, along...
Week of guided prayer group, Urmston  Credit: Simon Bishop
Fr David, our parish priest accosted us when we were leaving mass saying “I need your help”! He asked my wife, Deirdre, and I to be part of a group of twelve attending the Ignatian Week of Guided Prayer because he felt it would be beneficial to us. We said “yes” immediately, not knowing what the week would truly involve apart from the introductory Sunday session for one hour and giving one hour each day to the retreat, half an hour of prayer and half an hour with a...

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