St Ignatius

Happy Feast!Every year on July 31st we celebrate the feast of our founder St Ignatius. For Jesuits around the world it is a time of reflection on how the teachings and example of St Ignatius relate to our ministries today.  It is also the time when we ask our friends to offer financial support.In St Ignatius' Formula of the Society of Jesus, he states;“this Society will show itself no less useful in reconciling the estranged, in holily assisting and serving those who are found in prisons...
 I recently had the privilege of attending a course at St Beuno’s Retreat Centre in Northern Wales, exploring ideas around what it means to live and work "in an Ignatian way".I only discovered (or did I get discovered by..?) Ignatius and his spiritual legacy in the last five years or so, but I have found it resonates deeply with my lived experience. It has empowered me in this faith life journey I am travelling and I thank God that this man, living 500 years ago, stuck in a bed with only...
The window depicting St Ignatius Loyola has been re-installed in the Church of St Francis Xavier (SFX) in Liverpool. The restoration of the stained glass window was made possible due to the parish’s successful application for Lottery funding. It was severely damaged during the Second World War (photo below).Over the past couple of years, the Friends of SFX and others have saved and donated £3,630 towards this project. The bid under the Lottery Fund’s Shared Heritage Scheme asked for a further £...
St Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus - the Jesuits - in 1540. Today there are over 18,000 priests and brothers present in more than 100 countries.One of the 18,000 just so happens to be our current Holy Father, Pope Francis. His heart for social justice, deep prayer and inspirational teaching in some ways makes him a typical Jesuit.So who can tell us more about St Ignatius and his teaching? How can we learn from Ignatian Spirituality to deepen our own prayer by having that...
A beaver in the River Otter in Devon
A campaign we are currently running at Friends of the Earth (an environmental charity for which I volunteer in their legal team) concerns beavers. After an exile of 500 years, beavers have successfully reestablished themselves in the River Otter in Devon.  They are much beloved and have achieved minor celebrity status with locals and environmentalists alike. Alas, the Government thinks that the beavers are an invasive, and potentially disease-carrying species, and its Environment...
The life of St Ignatius is brought to the stage this month in Iñigo, a new play by Jonathan Moore.  As well as being a parishioner at Farm St Church, Moore is a theatre and opera director and writer with many credits in prestigious theatres around the world.Iñigo is in a more humble venue – The White Bear, a pub theatre in Kennington, London.   With only 40 seats, the audience can’t fail to be drawn in to the story as the fine cast of eight deliver passionate and engaging...
This week rehearsals began for a new play about the life of St Ignatius of Loyola.  Iñigo is written and directed by Jonathan Moore (pictured far left), a regular worshipper at Farm St Church. Moore has directed theatre and opera world premieres at the Almeida, Donmar, Royal Exchange, Shakespeare's Globe, English National Opera, and La Fenice in Venice. A published playwright and librettist, his work has been performed at leading theatres in the UK and internationally.  Moore has...
St Ignatius receiving alms from London merchants by Albert Chevallier-Tayler
For nearly 500 years the work of the Jesuits at the frontiers of the church has been powered by gifts and bequests from faithful, generous and visionary people.  These supporters are an integral part of the Jesuits’ long history of service to the church.St Ignatius was a skilled fundraiser who honoured the donors who enabled the Society of Jesus to grow and thrive so quickly in his lifetime. His only trip to Britain was in search of funds, and he rejoiced to find great generosity...
The restoration of the stained glass window of St Ignatius in St Francis Xavier Church in Liverpool (SFX) is underway following the parish’s successful application for Lottery funding. Over the past couple of years, the Friends of SFX and others have saved and donated £3,630 towards this project. The bid under the Lottery Fund’s Shared Heritage Scheme asked for a further £5,500 in order to pay for the restoration and supporting work, making the total budget £9,310....
Children and staff from six Jesuit primary schools have spent three days reflecting on their Ignatian heritage. They were attending the ‘Ignite’ conference at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire.Pupils and teachers from St Aloysius, Glasgow, St John’s Beaumont, Windsor, Barlborough Hall near Sheffield, Donhead (Wimbledon) and St Joseph’ s, Hurst Green attended the conference at Stonyhurst's prep school, St Mary’s Hall, at which they considered St...

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