St Ignatius

JECSE delegates in session
The Loyola Retreat Centre in northern Spain was swathed in snow last week as it hosted a major gathering of the head teachers of Jesuit schools in Europe.  Heads of all the Jesuit schools in the UK attended, alongside colleagues from Portugal to Poland.125 head teachers travelled from across Europe to the birth place of St Ignatius for the triennial European Jesuit Primary and Secondary Education Conference (JECSE) entitled “Can we talk about Jesus – Jesuit schools in a multi-faith context...
Jigsaw Credit Hans-Peter Gauster via Unsplash
I was fascinated to come across the work of the psychologist Paul Bloom recently. In his book Against Empathy –  The Case for Rational Compassion, he challenges the received wisdom about the importance of empathy.  The ability to empathise, “to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes” is rightly valued. We also know that all sorts of pathologies come from a lack of empathy - psychopaths, sociopaths etc. When Donald Trump tweets negatively about a particular group or country, we are...
Monastery at Monserrat
A 10 day pilgrimage led by Fr Dominic Robinson SJ and Josephine SiedleckaBookings are open for the Farm Street Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius, walking 200 km in the steps of the founder of the Jesuits through Catalonia, visiting the Shrine of St Peter Claver in Verdú, Igualada, the Abbey of Montserrat and Manresa, followed by a 3-day retreat and visiting the Ignatian sites in Barcelona.This pilgrimage is organised by the Jesuits of Farm St Church in London and is open to all open to all, of...
Fr Beattie and Fr Cameron-Mowat
The Feast of St Ignatius was celebrated at Farm Street Church yesterday in an extra special way, as this year’s feast also marked the 25th jubilee of ordination of the parish priest Fr Andrew Cameron-Mowat SJ.  Also celebrating significant jubilees were Fr John Moffatt SJ, who was ordained with Fr Andrew at Clifton Cathedral in 1992, and Fr Michael Beattie SJ, former Farm St parish priest, celebrating the 50th jubilee of ordination.  Br James Hodkinson SJ of the Mount Street Jesuit...
The fight against indifference:The Hurtado Jesuit Centre will offer an Ignatian Day, in which the life of  of St Alberto Hurtado and St Ignatius will be explored. At 10:30 there is a talk “Alberto Hurtado: the fight against indifference” followed by a reflection.Lunch wil be at 12.30.After lunch, at 13:30 there is a  film screening of "Ignacio de Loyola", directed by Paolo Dy. The movie is about the conversion and life of St Ignatius.  For more information email hurtado....
Ignacio the movie promo banner
This film is a thrilling look at the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, with Spanish actor Andreas Muñoz in the lead role. Bringing to life the man behind the legend, the film follows his transformation from a brash, impulsive youth obsessed with women and sword-fighting to the masterful, charismatic leader of an order that would change the face of Christendom forever.The film (which is in English) was produced by the Jesuit Communications Foundation of the...
Fr Pedro de Ribadeneira SJ, 1526 - 1611
A new translation that will throw light on St Ignatius Loyola and the Society of Jesus which he founded has just been published by Way Books. Pedro de Ribadeneira, Treatise on the Governance of St Ignatius of Loyola, has been translated by Fr Joseph A. Munitiz SJ of Campion Hall in Oxford, revealing Ignatius’ charism and lessons on governance for those involved in religious life and beyond.Pedro de Ribadeneira was born in 1526 (or possibly 1527) and was admitted into the Society of Jesus...
Fr General Nicolás with Pope Francis
Within the next few days, the Society of Jesus will have a new Superior General. The present holder of the post, Fr Adolfo Nicolás SJ, announced his intention to step down at the age of 80, a milestone he passed last April, and one of the first responsibilities for delegates at the 36th General Congregation (GC36) meeting in Rome from Sunday will be the election of his successor.A total of 215 Jesuits will be taking part in GC36, gathered from 66 Provinces and Regions of the Society; 212 of the...
Founded by the Jesuits in 1894, St Ignatius College in Enfield educates boys aged 11-18 in the Jesuit tradition. It serves a diverse community with 85% pupils from ethnic minority groups and 40% of the younger pupils being from a socially disadvantaged background.The mission statement ‘Men and Women for Others’ is a particularly potent Ignatian concept and can been seen in every aspect of the school. Michael Kelly, the Executive Headmaster, feels a deep connection to this message....
A parish of over 2000 people established by the Jesuits in 1903, St Ignatius Stamford Hill is in one of London’s most diverse boroughs.   Communities from Ireland, Poland, Ghana, Nigeria, and all across Latin America lend the vibrancy of cultural exchange to liturgy and parish life.During Lent this year the parish team responded to Pope Francis’ call to hold 24 hours for the Lord, as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.   “We took a risk” says Sr...

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