Manchester Universities Catholic Chaplaincy

Volunteer Adam shows a group around the baptistry
The Holy Name Church in Manchester, serving the Manchester Universities’ Catholic chaplaincy, has had a busy week.  The second half of September heralds the arrival of thousands of students, new and returning, as the new academic year gets underway. Alongside welcoming new students, the Holy Name Church took part in Heritage Open Days 13-22 September – an annual national celebration during which heritage buildings are opened to the public. “Of course the doors of the Holy Name...
Volunteer Adam gives a guided tour of the church to some post graduate students
The Jesuits at the Holy Name Church in Manchester have recently completed a research project to uncover memories and stories from the church’s parish past, thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Lottery fund.The Holy Name was built by the Jesuits in 1871, and operated as a very busy parish for a large community which included many Irish immigrants.  During the 1960s and 1970s much of the housing was cleared and communities moved to outlying districts.  Manchester...
Bishop Arnold with new the Catholics Credit Brendan Callaghan SJ
With the end of the academic year approaching, two celebrations were enjoyed by the chaplaincy community in Manchester, both of them making a happy and relaxed end to a good year in the life of the chaplaincy and the Universities' Church of the Holy Name.On Friday 31st May the end-of-year barbecue saw 60+ students gathered in the garden for barbecued food, drinks, games, and singing into the small hours. The wide range of nationalities, languages and backgrounds of those who frequent the...
Students at Freshfield
Students at the Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy took advantage of the offer of some quiet time for prayer and rest on a recent weekend retreat at the Prayer Centre of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God at Freshfield, near Formby.Nine students took part, most of whom are part of the music group which enhances the liturgy at the 7pm Mass at Holy Name Church.  The group was accompanied by chaplaincy team members Sr Cecilia FCJ, Br Geoff te Braake SJ and Senior Chaplain Fr...
Holy Name Church
The Jesuit Church of the Holy Name has received a confirmed National Lottery grant of £198,000 for essential repairs to the north transept, it was announced today. With the help of money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to secure the future of this Grade 1 listed Victorian landmark and to make its unique architectural and community heritage better known and understood.Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the project will repair leaking roofs, cut out dry rot...
Formby pinewoods Credit Stan Lewis
Manchester Universities Catholic Chaplaincy held a weekend residential retreat at St Joseph's prayer centre in Formby last month. Led by chaplains Sr Cecilia, Fr William Pearsall SJ and Br Geoff te Braake SJ, eleven students considered the theme of Belonging, and spent half a day in silent contemplation. “It was a rewarding experience full of graces with a deep quality to the questions posed” observed Sr Cecilia.For most participants it was the first time they had attempted a...
Week of guided prayer opening liturgy
The Jesuits’ spirituality outreach team is having a busy week.  On Sunday they began a week of guided prayer(WGP) in Manchester at the Jesuit-led Universities’ Catholic chaplaincy.  46 participants have signed up – a mixture of students, staff and local people from nearby Earlham parish.  They are supported by a team of twelve prayer guides.“This is a particularly grace-filled week” observed Steve Hoyland, the team leader.“Three years ago we held a week of guided prayer here in...
Sean Ryan
In the recent New Year’s honours list a former pupil of Mount St Marys College, Sean Ryan (known as Sean Fogarty when he was at school), received an MBE for his pioneering work on refugee resettlement. Sean Ryan’s own story has a particular edge to it and explains where he found the tenacity to develop such pioneering work in refugee resettlement.  Working in the arts in the time of austerity has been a precarious existence for many people.  A professional musician and creative...
Amy and Fr William
The Jesuits at the Holy Name Church in Manchester are seeking to uncover memories and stories from the church’s parish past, with the help of Heritage Lottery funding.The Holy Name was built by the Jesuits in 1871, and operated as a very busy parish for a large community which included many Irish immigrants.  In the early 1960s much of the housing was cleared and communities moved to outlying districts.  Manchester University spread out along Oxford Road and the Holy Name became the...
Jesuit scholastic Kensy Joseph SJ is to be ordained to the diaconate by Bishop John Arnold on Saturday 11th November at Holy Name Church, Manchester.All are welcome to celebrate with us on this happy occasion.Kensy joined the novitiate in 2007.  He is currently studying for an MA in Religions and Theology at Manchester Univeristy and is a member of the Manchester Universities' Catholic Chaplaincy team.

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