Denis Blackledge SJ

Debbie and Fr Denis in the new SFX memorial garden
The Feast of St Ignatius is always a joyful day in the Jesuit calendar.  Jesuits congratulated their many jubilarians at special masses for friends and alumni at Farm Street Church in London and at St Francis Xavier’s in Liverpool.  Staff in Jesuit ministries held services of thanks and praise, celebrated with special meals and sometimes even a half day’s holiday.Twelve Jesuit priests and brothers were joined by a large congregation at St Francis Xavier’s Liverpool for the annual...
Brian Purfield giving his talk in the church
In little over a month the bishops of England and Wales are holding a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress, called Adoremus - in Liverpool, 6-9 September 2018.This national event will welcome delegates from all dioceses and aims to provide practical resources to develop the mission of the Church in prayer, contemplation and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.St Francis Xavier’s Jesuit parish in Liverpool is hosting one of the events as part of the Archdiocese of Liverpool parallel...
Sean Bean as Fr Michael Kerrigan
St Francis Xavier’s Jesuit parish in Liverpool is hosting one of the  Archdiocese of Liverpool parallel programme events to the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress, called Adoremus - in Liverpool, 6-9 September 2018. Exposition, mass and refreshements are to be followed by the screening of an episode of the award winning BBC1 drama Broken, which was filmed at SFX, on 7 and 8 September at 11am (screening 1.30pm) and followed by a Q & A session with writer Jimmy McGovern...
This year it's the turn of St Francis Xavier parish Liverpool to host our regional North West parishes and alumni for a celebration mass for the Feast of St Ignatius Loyola.At 7pm on Tuesday 31st July folk will be gathering from Preston, Manchester, Stonyhurst and St Beuno's for a concelebrated mass led by Denis Blackledge, with music and choir provided by Maria Hall from Preston.After the mass, weather permitting, we'll baptise our new memorial garden, and, whatever the weather, we'll have a...
The BBC One series Broken wins the 2018 Sandford St Martin Awards, as announced at yesterday’s awards ceremony at Lambeth Palace.Broken was scripted by Jimmy McGovern, a well-known Liverpool writer and alumnus of St Francis Xavier College. Much of the series was filmed in the Jesuit church of St Francis Xavier in Liverpool and saw the strict collaboration of Fr Denis Blackledge SJ as religious advisor for Sean Bean in his role of Fr Michael Kerrigan, a parish priest in a northern urban setting...
Adoremus Extra cover
Frs Nicholas King SJ, Norman Tanner SJ and Denis Blackledge SJ are amongst more than forty contributors to a special 124-page magazine, Adoremus Extra, which guides readers towards and beyond the Eucharistic Congress which will take place in Liverpool in September.In the pages of Adoremus Extra, published by Redemptorist Publications, more than forty writers have put their hearts and souls into proclaiming that Jesus is the most important person in their life.Fr Raniero Cantalamessa OFM Cap.,...
Fr. Denis with Martha & Peter - Fr. Denis is wearing the traditional Mongolian Music hat
On Saturday, 24th February at the 12 noon Mass, St Francis Xavier Church Liverpool welcomed and blessed all those living their everyday lives in Christ's love, especially prayerfully supporting couples preparing for the sacrament of marriage this coming year.All were reminded of the words of Pope Francis from The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia): "The Lord's presence dwells in real and concrete families, with all their daily troubles and struggles, joys and hopes". Family life... "if that...
Fr Denis and the Guild of St Stephen
St Francis Xavier’s Church Liverpool celebrated its patronal feast on Saturday, 2nd December  - the feast day of St Francis Xavier having been liturgically suspended because of the First Sunday of Advent.The Feast was celebrated with ‘Breakfast with Xavier’ and delicious bacon butties were enjoyed by all.Before 12 noon Mass the parish held a time of reflection using the ‘Pray as Go’ podcast issuing from a mobile phone proudly taking place at the lectern alongside the microphone. ...
Fr Denis Blackledge SJ and Rev Henry Corbett led an assembly at Faith Primary School in Liverpool to coincide with the Autumn Harvest Festival on the theme of ‘Who is my neighbour?’  The school is a joint Catholic and Church of England school based on the values of the gospel and is supported by the Jesuit parish SFX and the neighbouring Anglican church of St Peter’s.  The school is located in one of the most deprived areas in the UK, according to an analysis by the Department for...
Sean Bean as Fr Michael Kerrigan
BBC One viewers are in for a treat when a new six-part drama starring Sean Bean as Fr Michael Kerrigan begins on Tuesday 23 May at 9pm.Broken is set in a Catholic community in the north of England and tells the moving stories of its priest and parishioners. The poverty, grief, crime and family troubles that afflict the people of the parish all evoke the compassion of Fr Michael, who seeks to help those around him while he faces his own personal struggles. Writer Jimmy McGovern is in no doubt...

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