young people

Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy (MUSCC) is a veritable hub of volunteers who offer up their time to improve the lives of others.Here, students from Manchester University, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Royal Northern College of Music are served by the Jesuits at MUSCC. Manchester students are not content simply to be on the receiving end of things; they are eager to give something back to the local community.This eagerness has resulted in a thriving St Vincent de...
Silent retreats – a space where God can take you by surpriseSt Beuno's Jesuit Spirituality Centre in the foothills of Snowdonia has been a Jesuit house of learning and prayer since 1848 and a residential retreat centre for 30 years. Tim McEvoy is a new member of the spiritual direction team.Tim’s spiritual journey began as a student at Warwick ten years ago when he participated in a week of guided prayer led by the Jesuit spirituality outreach team.  Whilst doing further...
Prayer in the Church of Reconciliation at Taizé, Wikipedia Commons
Students from universities and colleges throughout Britain are being invited to undertake a pilgrimage to Taizé for Holy Week and Easter. Chaplains in further education institutions are advising students that a coach will be picking up at Manchester and Birmingham, before heading for London from where they will leave Victoria Coach Station for Taizé in eastern France on Saturday 19 March.“My experience is that it is around this time that students are starting to think about Easter plans,” says...
Ryan O’Neill from Merthyr Tydfil will be tracing the steps of Pope Francis in South America, having won the Pope Francis Young People Award. Ryan, a psychiatric nursing student who works in his free time supporting and inspiring other young people, was selecting from hundreds of young people nominated for the Awards which were hosted by Baroness Hollins in Leicester Square last week.Hundreds of young people, youth workers and teachers, family and friends gathered to celebrate the inspirational...
Young people, migrants and peace were among the themes addressed by Pope Francis on his visit to Turin. Addressing a crowd estimated at 100,000 in the northern Italian city, he reflected on the example of St John Bosco (also known as Don Bosco), whose bicentenary is being celebrated this year, saying that people should “be joyful, evangelise through education, and offer hope through love and compassion”.While many had focused on the Pope’s veneration of the Shroud of Turin during his two-day...
The winner of the first Pope Francis Award to honour the achievements of those young people who make our communities and our world a better place will be announced at a ceremony in London's Leicester Square on 1 July 2015. Nominated by anyone from friends and family to teachers and clergy, the winners are drawn from throughout England and Wales and reflect achievements in every area of social action. The final day for nominations for this and the other Young People Awards is tomorrow (Friday 1...
My name is Michael Smith, and I became a Jesuit just over fifty years ago.  Almost all my working life in the Jesuits has been with young people in one way or another – as a teacher in several schools, a year head in a boarding school, a headmaster in the Jesuit school in Wimbledon, then I worked in a youth project in London which ran retreats and other activities for groups of young people.  Now at the moment i am the chaplain to the senior school at St Aloysius in Glasgow, and...