Simon Bishop SJ

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...
Nine male prisoners mainly in their 20s and 30s, took part in a Week of Guided Prayer in Brixton Prison. One man was in segregation but was able to have a fruitful retreat thanks to daily visits from the chaplain for spiritual direction. The participants were dedicated and attended each day.God was definitely at work before and during the retreat and will continue to be now it has finished. We had initially planned for four Jesuit priests to help as spiritual guides but three of them had to...
View of St Joseph's Mossley where the week of guided prayer took place last week
For this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Jesuit spirituality team is undertaking  weeks of guided prayer in 20 Salford parishes.“This initiative is a wonder-ful example of collaboration,  encouraging the gifts of Jesuits and lay people to work together for the greatest good” says Fr Simon Bishop SJ, Director of Spirituality for the Jesuits in Britain.This ambitious project had its source and inspiration in a week of guided prayer (WGP) led by Fr Tim Byron SJ, senior chaplain at...
Several Jesuits are taking part in the 2015 Student Cross pilgrimage this Holy Week, as hundreds of pilgrims make their way to Walsingham for the Easter Triduum. Walsingham has been a centre of pilgrimage in East Anglia for many centuries.Student Cross is a pilgrimage organised by and for students, young adults, and pilgrims of all ages, which has been running since 1948. Pilgrims experience Holy Week and then celebrate the joy of the Resurrection in a unique witness of faith.Eleven different...
Join Fr Peter Randall SJ and Sr Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcJ as they walk the first part of The Ignatian Way from Loyola to Laguardia in northern Spain. Follow in the footsteps of Saint Ignatius of Loyola initially bound for the Holy Land but over time coming to realise that God had other plans. This is a walking pilgrimage, covering approximately 25km a day (some will be more, some will be less) in the mountains of northern Spain. Good physical fitness is essential as the walks may be long...
Archbishop Fisichella
As we enter Holy Week, Simon Bishop SJ offers his thoughts on a talk that he attended recently at Heythrop College, given by the President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation.“Do you remember Pope Francis’ first homily after his election?” This was one of the questions posed by Archbishop Rino Fisichella at a conference on The New Evangelisation at Heythrop College organised by the Religious Life Institute. Fortunately, Archbishop Fisichella was able to refresh our memories! He...

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