A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols in the Maria Assumpta Chapel at Heythrop College yesterday evening (20 January 2014). The event marked the re-establishment of the ecclesiastical faculties of theology and philosophy, together known as the Bellarmine Institute. Now the faculties have been re-activated, the College will award in its own right ecclesiastical bachelors (STB, BacPhil), licentiate (STL, PhL) and doctoral degrees in Philosophy and Theology alongside existing degrees of the University of London.
The International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service is among the signatories of an Open Letter to the Prime Minister, urging him to join UNHCR's global settlement programme for Syrian refugees and to show compassion to the hundreds of thousands of people who are fleeing the conflict in Syria and their families in the United Kingdom.
Ayman Rifai, who had worked with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria since the beginning of the current crisis in the country, was killed by a mortar on 11 January in Hamdaniyeh on the outskirts of Aleppo. He was the father of five (four boys and one girl).
Heythrop College, University of London, launched its 400th anniversary year with a live broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The college that was founded by the Jesuits in Belgium in 1614 welcomed the topical radio debate Any Questions?, chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby. It was the first time the programme had been broadcast from Heythrop and was the first in its 2014 output.
The Lent 2014 season of Faith Matters has been announced by the Mount Street Jesuit Centre and the Archdiocese of Westminster. Over four Thursday evenings in March and April, speakers will consider what the Church is for, 50 years after the Second Vatican Council and in the light of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (the Joy of the Gospel).
The Lent 2014 Lecture Series at the Centre for Eastern Christianity, Heythrop College, will focus on the Eastern Catholic Tradition Today, considering perspectives ranging from Albania to Antioch and Greece to Ukraine.
The French philosopher, palaeontologist and geologist, Fr Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ is the focus for the Society of Jesus this January, as he features in the commemorative calendar produced by the Jesuits in Britain. The calendar was this week launched in an online version, in several languages and with more detailed essays about each of the 12 featured Jesuits than could be offered in the printed version.
The formal handover of Sacred Heart parish in Wimbledon, south west London from the Society of Jesus to the Archdiocese of Southwark and the Induction of the new parish priest, Monsignor Nick Hudson, will take place at 7.30pm this Friday 10 January 2014. Archbishop Peter Smith and Fr Dermot Preston SJ, the Jesuit Provincial of the British Province, will concelebrate Mass along with the outgoing parish priest, Fr Keith McMillan SJ, and Mgr Hudson.