Frank Turner SJ

Fr Frank Turner, Fr James Hanvey, Fr Nick Austin
The feast of St Edmund Campion was marked at Campion Hall this year with a change of key personnel: Fr Nick Austin SJ was installed as the new Master of Campion Hall and Fr Frank Turner SJ took over as Superior of the community. Outgoing Master Fr James Hanvey SJ presided at a special Eucharist.  As the homilist, Fr Nick Austin said he was daunted to be preaching in Oxford on the feast of one of the great Jesuit preachers and rhetoricians, whose speechmaking famously impressed...
Bar Convent chapel
“Thy Will be done?” ~ healing God’s world You are invited to a Study Weekend at The Bar Convent in York, on the 14th & 15th July, 2018.  This involves informative talks, lively discussion, prayer and companionship – a most worthwhile combination!  Some accommodation is available (see below).  We look forward to seeing you!What are the implications of the prayer “Thy Will be done”?  Our speakers will consider ‘justice’: from scriptural foundations, church teachings,...
Nick King SJ and colleagues
Last week Fr Frank Turner SJ and Fr Nick King SJ joined an ecumenical group of 30 Christian thought leaders to discuss and reflect on a pilot training programme to be rolled out this month for key church leaders.  The meeting and programme are the fruits Together for the Common Good (T4CG) - a movement to promote understanding of how living out our Christian identity can also serve the cause of achieving a just and peaceful society.  Jenny Sinclair, Director of T4CG, explains “The...
Fr Paul Nicholson SJ and Frank Turner SJ will be providing spiritually accompaniment to the parliamentary internship programme which has just begun.  The Catholic Parliamentary and Public Affairs Internship Scheme, which began in 2003,  will place seven recently graduated Catholics in a variety of work placements, offering them an intensive experience of political and social action in a spiritual context.  This year’s group is drawn from all over the country with...
St Chad's Durham
Frank Turner SJ represented the Jesuits in Britain at last week's conference of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain at St Chad's College, Durham University, and sent this report. On the 500th anniversary of the nailing of the 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg by Martin Luther, the conference theme, was ‘The Age of Reform: Reflecting critically on the significance of the Reformation for theology in the churches today’. Most speakers were members of the...
David Fernandez SJ, Credit Universidad Iberoamericana
David Fernandez SJ, Rector of the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, gave this challenging speech to the graduating class of the School of Business Administration, on the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Degree Programme.We should not be content with philanthropy but respond to the call of Justice: to question and to bring about change, instead of reinforcing an unjust system or conforming to it."I am grateful to the organisers of this ceremony commemorating the sixtieth...
The Jesuits in Britain completed a sale of their property at 23-24 Kensington Square to a developer at the beginning of May.  The sale of the site, which has been home to Heythrop College since 1993, followed the Heythrop College Governors’ decision to close the college at the end the academic year 2017-18.  The terms of the sale allow the college to continue operations there until October 2018.The exact details of the sale remain sensitive, but the sale proceeds were at the low end...
High Leigh Conference Centre Hertfordshire
Delegates from Christian Life Community groups around the country will spend three days next month at the Hayes conference centre considering the theme for their annual conference which will be “50 years of faith, prayer and community: nurturing good-heartedness and love in action”.Mark Trombley, a member of the planning committee said “with this 50th anniversary of CLC as a backdrop, we have much to celebrate and reflect upon as we focus on how our union with the persons of the Trinity may be...
Pope Francis accepts the Romero Homilies from Julian Filochowski. Osservatore Romano
As the Catholic Church around the world celebrates the centenary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero – and many continue to anticipate his canonisation – Pope Francis has been presented with six volumes of the English translation of the Salvadorian Archbishop’s homilies.The presentation was made by Jesuit Missions Consultant and Chair of the Archbishop Romero Trust, Julian Filochowski OBE, at the end of the Ash Wednesday General Audience on 1 March in St Peter's Square. "I presented a bag with...
I was brought up in a solid Catholic family and spent some years in the strange environment of a ‘junior seminary’ preparing to be a diocesan priest. After leaving the seminary at the age of eighteen, I gradually slipped away from the Church.It was too late to apply to university: instead, I worked for some years in banking. Aged 22, I had fortunate opportunity of transferring to an international bank, working for 15 months in Ghana. Relatively quick promotion convinced me that banking, at any...