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On Ash Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 16 pilgrims, who were taking part in the 3rd LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pilgrimage to Rome, had privileged seats at the morning Papal Audience in St Peter's Square. At the end of the General Audience the group, which included parents and family members alongside LGBT Catholics with Pilgrimage Chaplain, Fr David Stewart SJ, was invited to meet Pope Francis.The Pilgrimage Leader, Martin Pendergast, a member of the LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council,...
The Jesuits in Britain are supporting the victims of human trafficking by donating funds raised at Christmas and Easter. The collections at Farm Street Church will go towards the appeal to support victims of Human Trafficking, the Bakhita House Project, and the work of other charities, including the Jesuit Refugee Service, to support victims and to help with the prevention of this form of modern slavery. The parish’s decision comes in response to a request by Cardinal Vincent Nichols over...
The Jesuits in Britain are launching an Advent Retreat specifically geared to the deaf and hard of hearing community. The service has been developed by the team that provides the daily prayer session for use on portable devices, Pray As You Go, which started in 2006. It now has more than 60,000 users per month, in 180 countries for the English language version alone (it is also available in six other languages). Using British Sign Language (BSL), the sessions follow the usual retreat...
Stephen Khokhar, a member of St Anselm's parish, Southall was ordained a permanent deacon by Cardinal Vincent Nichols on 19 July in Westminster Cathedral.Stephen was for many years the Southall representative on the Jesuit Parishes Forum. Apart from helping at St Anselm's he is also assistant chaplain at Heathrow Airport.In his homily, the Cardinal said to be a deacon “is to be called to a ministry in the name of the Church, a ministry of service and proclamation.” He also...
Former Wimbledon College student, Nicholas Hudson, has been ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster by Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Bishop Hudson will have responsibility for the pastoral care of Central and East London and will also have oversight of the Agency for Evangelisation.A native of Wimbledon, Bishop Hudson was baptised in the former Jesuit parish and was ordained to the priesthood in Sacred Heart Church which was served by the Jesuits until earlier this year. Immediately prior to the...
Jesuit parishes and other communities in London are campaigning to improve the care system for the vulnerable in society, by taking their case to Westminster Council. They will be joining London Citizens on Tuesday 6 May 2014 to challenge the Conservative leader of the Council – Cllr Philippa Roe – and the leader of the Labour Group – Cllr Paul Dimoldenberg – to respond to their proposals for a joined-up and person-focused system of health and social care, and a living...
The Jesuits in Britain congratulate Monsignor Nicholas Hudson on his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop for Westminster. He is pictured here (far left) with the British Provincial, Fr Dermot Preston SJ, Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark, Bishop John Arnold (Westminster) and Bishop Howard Tripp (Southwark), after his installation as Parish Priest of Sacred Heart, Wimbledon, earlier this year. The announcement of Msgr Hudson's appointment by Pope Francis was made this morning and was welcomed...
The Faith Matters Lenten talks are taking place in Westminster each Thursday evening. On Thursday 20 March, Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ will speak on the topic: The Church is Feminine. Dr Helen Costigane SHCJ will be the speaker on 27 March, asking: 'The Church of the Poor'?.  Faith Matters will conclude on Thursday 3 April with 'The Church in the midst of a secular culture’ by Bishop John Sherrington, Auxiliary of Westminster.The Faith Matters talks are held at Vaughan House,...
This evening's Faith Matters Lent Lecture in Westminster will be given by Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ (pictured). It is titled The Church is Feminine.Dr Simmonds is a sister of the Congregation of Jesus. After a career in teaching she worked as chaplain in the University of Cambridge and at Heythrop College, University of London, where she also co-ordinated student support services. She spent a period studying and working among women and street children in Brazil before becoming a volunteer on the...
One of the first major ceremonies over which newly-created Cardinal Vincent Nichols will preside will be the ordination to the diaconate of nine Jesuits. The men come from four continents and eight different Jesuit provinces; they will be ordained deacons at Westminster Cathedral this Saturday. The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, was made Cardinal by Pope Francis on Saturday (22 February). Exactly a week later in Westminster Cathedral, he will be ordaining as deacons two Jesuits...