St Francis Xavier

Fr Denis Blackledge SJ, Jimmy McGovern, and Shaun Duggan
Months ago, the parish of St Francis Xavier in Liverpool was asked by the Liverpool Archdiocesan Congress Team to take part in the National Eucharistic Congress, Adoremus 2018, and to provide fringe events as a centre-city church.Parish priest Fr Denis Blackledge SJ suggested trying to get Jimmy McGovern along as the writer of the BAFTA 2018 winning Broken series – which also won the prestigious Sandford St Martin Trust Award 2018 for best religious broadcast. Much of the six-part drama was...
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A series of eight talks by guest historians will take place across the weekend, giving an insight to a variety of local subjects. More than 50 groups and societies will be exhibiting throughout the weekend including the Friends of St Francis Xavier.We'd be delighted to see you at our stall in St Georges Hall during the Big History Weekend on Saturday/Sunday 29/30 April.  There will be a great selection of stalls and exhibitions for visitors to enjoy throughout the two days.Friends...
St Francis Xavier: the Apostle of the Missions
Jesuit parishes and communities across the world – including many in Britain – are preparing to take part in a tradition that dates back four centuries: the Novena of Grace, in which our prayers are united with those of St Francis Xavier (1506 - 1552).Although a Novena can be prayed at any time, this particular Novena of Grace is traditionally prayed from this coming Saturday (4 March) until 12 March, thereby concluding on the day Francis was declared a saint in 1622. It is also regularly...
Jasper van Rosmalen delivers the window designs to SFX parishioner Judith Callaghan
The original designs for the post-World War II stained glass windows of St Francis Xavier’s Church in Liverpool (SFX) have been bought from a collector in the Netherlands. The windows over the High Altar, which were smashed during the 1941 Blitz, were designed by Hardmans of Birmingham and depict the life of St Francis Xavier.In early 2015, the parish managed to secure the original watercolour design of the stained glass window of the Jesuit martyr St Edmund Arrowsmith; and Pastoral...
A long heritage alongside the poorJesuits had a mission in the Liverpool area from the 17th Century. In 1712 they built the first Catholic chapel since the Reformation. A second larger chapel was built in 1736 only to be demolished by an anti-Catholic mob in 1738. It was rebuilt in the following year disguised as a warehouse. Much of the hard work which led to the opening of St Francis Xavier's Church in 1848 was done by the Society of St Francis Xavier, a group of lay people some of whom...
The Sanctuary of San Miguel de Aralar
Novice Richard Webster is currently undertaking a pilgrimage between Manresa and Loyola in Spain, following in the steps of some of the early Jesuits.The Rule of Saint Benedict contains some beautiful instructions on how a monastic community should welcome guests: [Let them] be received like Christ, for He will say, “I was as a stranger, and you took me in” (Matthew 25:35). … In the reception of poor men and pilgrims special attention should be shown, because in them is Christ most truly...
Britto Arockiam SJ has been ordained to the priesthood in Madurai, South India. A former student of Heythrop College and a member of the Jesuit community in Wimbledon, Britto was engaged in pastoral ministry in Guyana – a Region of the British Province – for three years and will be returning there later this year.“My parents named me after the Portuguese Jesuit Saint John de Britto who was martyred in India in 1693,” Fr Britto explains.  “He followed in the footsteps of Saint Francis...
More than five million pilgrims are expected in Goa over the next few weeks, as the body of Jesuit missionary St Francis Xavier is venerated. Exposition takes place once every ten years. It started at the weekend, ahead of his feast day on 3 December, and will continue until 4 January 2015. Archbishop Filipe de Rosario Ferrao of Goa described the occasion as “a wonderful opportunity to proclaim our faith”.“St Francis Xavier had set a great example of missionary work,” he...
An epic story about Jesuit missionaries in 17th century Japan is due to go into production next month, under the direction of Martin Scorsese, according to reports. Years of delays and litigation have hampered his ambition to turn Shusaku Endo’s book Silence into a film, but now it appears that plans are moving forward.Liam Neeson has apparently been secured to play the role of Jesuit Father Ferreira who risked persecution and even death to bring the Gospel to Buddhists in Japan, with...
Novena of Grace 15.pdfNext Tuesday, 4 March, we will begin our Novena of Grace with St Francis Xavier SJ.  A prayer booklet has been prepared by two alumnae of the chaplaincy at Oxford University, under Fr Simon Bishop SJ, the Director of Spirituality for the Jesuits in Britain. The prayer booklet combines the words and example of Pope Francis and those of St Francis Xavier SJ. “They are of a kindred Spirit and are perfectly matched,” says Fr Simon. “I hope anyone who...

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