SVP

Alexander Armstrong & Miranda Heldt Credit ICN via Facebook
It has been a busy and productive few days at Farm Street Church. Saturday night saw the annual Farm Street Church Ball hosted at the Savile Club. And on Monday the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) held a fundraising concert starring a high-profile line up, including Alexander Armstrong, Miranda Heldt, Alex Macqueen, and The Choir With No Name.Both events were at capacity.The Farm Street Ball featured the traditional raffle and auction, with prizes being donated by many local businesses...
Chris Pedley SJ, Yasuko Kurhachi and SVP volunteers
Farm Street parish in London’s Mayfair may include some of the most up-market housing in Britain; but its streets also host a large number of homeless people.  Every Monday evening, the volunteers of the St Vincent de Paul (SVP) Society prepare tea and soup and, after a time of prayer together, go out to meet those people.  While other churches in the area also have soup runs, they generally operate from fixed points.  The Farm Street group is unusual in that it goes around the...
Carols by Candleight at Holy Name, Manchester
The Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy has been looking back over a busy year, which has seen a record-breaking Week of Guided Prayer, its very first Jesuit Mission visit to East Africa and the launch of several new projects. The Chaplaincy team provided a welcome to the Catholic students at Manchester Universities, which culminated with Carols by Candlelight last week, while providing initiatives which have enabled them to respond to the needs of the local community.When they...
Every morning in Manchester, the 1833 Saint Vincent de Paul Society, or the SVP, runs a breakfast club in a local school. The SVP is a longstanding charitable arm of the Catholic Chaplaincy on Oxford Road. Their outreach work with the homeless of Manchester was, in fact, the catalyst for starting the first student-led foodbank in the country.“Just over a year ago, we had a discussion about the work that we do within the SVP,” says Jenny Hodge, President of the 1833 SVP Society. “We talked about...
Jesuit parish workers involved with homeless people have described their ministries as “inspiring” and vowed to develop further the services they offer. The representatives from Jesuit parishes throughout Britain met recently at the Church of the Holy Name, Manchester, to exchange examples of good practice and show support for each other. They were joined by Mark Choonara, Community and Faith-based groups Outreach Worker from the Passage Day Centre in Westminster, who helped with...
Students at Manchester Universities' Catholic Chaplaincy have raised more than £400 for charity by taking on one of TV's keenest brains. They were taking part in a quiz night against Anne Hegerty - known as 'The Governess' on the ITV show The Chase - and won.As a member of the Catholic Writers Guild, Anne was familiar with the charitable initiatives of the students at the Jesuit-led chaplaincy and said she was delighted to accept their invitation to take part in the quiz...