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Peter Gallagher SJ reflects on renewal, the one-hundred and fifty-three fishes, and the community.      May your people exult forever in renewed youthfulness of spirit. This prayer from the collect of the Mass for the third Sunday of Easter echoes a phrase in the psalms: I will go in to the altar of God: to God who gives joy to my youth. What a good attitude with which to approach our worship. We serve God joyfully, drawing on strength which he gives us. What do we...
If picking up litter doesn’t sound your ideal as a suitable preparation for a feast, you may want to think again. St Wilfrid’s organised a ‘Litter Picking Novena’ leading up to the celebration of Pentecost on Sunday the 20th of May. The project was part of the parish’s Live Simply/Laudato si’ efforts.“The ‘novena’ language is partly in jest, but also suggests that attending to the needs of our polluted common ‘home’ is both a prayer and a work of mercy, if people want to make it so," explains...
Fluorescent cross in Liverpool
The truth I have now come to realise is that God does not have favourites.The life’s work of each of us is to prepare ourselves for eternal life with God.  We are to be happy forever in God’s company. The grace of God prepares us for that heavenly happiness in many different ways.  It helps that we are disciples of Christ.  We are helped also by the Sacraments, the Scripture and the teaching of the Church.  Another help is that we live in a community of those who believe. We...
Kensy Joseph SJ at his diaconate ordination with Rt Rev John Arnold, Bishop of Salford
Kensy Joseph SJ explains why it affirmed a vital part of his ministry as a deacon when he was recently told, ‘you’re a student – you’re one of us!’After delivering a Sunday homily recently at the Holy Name Church in Manchester, I was chatting with some students when one of them commented on my ‘both/and’ situation as a deacon. On the one hand, I am on the team of the Jesuit-run Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy, ordained to specific liturgical ministries (among other things) such as...
Building a community for truth and justiceRebecca Gormally is the Programmes Manager of the Hurtado Jesuit Centre in Wapping - a Jesuit residence, where seven Jesuits live.  It is home to the important Jesuit Refugee Service, and it also offers to East London a place of Ignatian community.  It is named after St Alberto Hurtado SJ (1901-1952) a Chilean Jesuit, lawyer and social worker, founder of the influential ‘Hogar de Cristo’, which provided homes for abandoned young...
An older man praying
“when you grow oldyou will stretch out your hands,and somebody else will put a belt round youand take you where you would rather not go.”I think we’ve all had experiences of being taken where we would rather not go…Until about five years before his death, Father – I’ll call him Father John - was not the best loved man in the British Province of the Society of Jesus - not by a long chalk. He was respected certainly, admired even, for his zeal, commitment,...
Fr General on a visit to Jesuit communities in Vietnam, 2015
The Jesuit Curia in Rome has published the first of a series of ‘Conversations with Father General Adolfo Nicolás SJ’, who will be stepping down at the Superior General of the Society of Jesus at the 36th General Congregation later this year. Each month, he will reflect on various aspects of Jesuit life in the modern world.The January 2016 ‘conversation’ addresses community life, a topic which Fr Nicolás has in the past described as a type of “ministry”. Talking with Father Patrick Mulemi SJ,...
The Novice members of the Novitiate Community 2015
Before coming to Birmingham, I had lived on my own for pretty much 8 years, with only a short period of flat-sharing in the few months immediately before. I’m used to single living and, in many respects, I thought I was set in my ways. I’ve been a little fearful of the realities of community life, although also very conscious that it has been part of the appeal of the Jesuit way of living. I like the ideal of us making our way in the world and then coming back to community, at the end of each...
Corpus Christi, Boscombe
Final preparations are being made at the busy Corpus Christi parish in Boscombe for the Hearts on Fire parish mission week which begins this Saturday 25 July and is part of the interprovincial summer “experiment” which sees Jesuits from the four North West Europe provinces collaborating in teams.Fr Tony Horan SJ has previously reported on how the Hearts on Fire mission was established. The final programme can be read here.There is a strong focus on spirituality for children and young people....
Jesus and the Apostles by Ben Sutherland on Flickr
A homily given at the Jubilarian's Mass on Easter Thursday.We Jubilarians are celebrating our many years of Jesuit life and ministry, and it is my privilege and challenge to be the representative in this homily. When you are in your eighties such a request may challenge your confidence more than it used to. But here goes! Some of us are celebrating 60 or 50 years since entry into the noviceship, some 60 or 50 or 25 as priests (including Dermot.) There are some who couldn’t be with us, but are...

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