Tim Byron SJ

“On behalf of all of us from the Mount, we would like to thank everyone for their warm hospitality,” said William Yacomeni, Deputy Head Boy of Mount St Mary’s College, at the conclusion of the Jesuit Student Leadership Conference. “We learnt a great deal.”The conference, which ran from Wednesday 26th September to Friday 29th September, was held at the Jesuit summer house in the tiny hamlet of Barmouth, North Wales. Nearly 20 student leaders from St Ignatius College (Enfield), Stonyhurst...
Sunset Credit Penny Hollick via Unsplash
Definition of afterglow1: a glow remaining where a light has disappeared2: a pleasant effect or feeling that lingers after something is done, experienced, or achievedWe all have experienced ‘the afterglow’ of a sunset when the sun has dipped below the horizon and the sky lights up in vivid colours.  Equally after a great experience, a wedding or a party we might bask in the afterglow of friendship and love.  If you are football fan like me, you might experience the afterglow of your...
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I was fascinated to come across the work of the psychologist Paul Bloom recently. In his book Against Empathy –  The Case for Rational Compassion, he challenges the received wisdom about the importance of empathy.  The ability to empathise, “to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes” is rightly valued. We also know that all sorts of pathologies come from a lack of empathy - psychopaths, sociopaths etc. When Donald Trump tweets negatively about a particular group or country, we are...
Tim Byron SJ (L) and Michael Leonard
Michael Leonard, the executive director of Launching Leaders, spoke today about how the course’s interfaith approach has enabled millennials all around the world to experience a unique synergy with one another. The interfaith version of Launching Leaders had its global pilot last year at Manchester Universities Catholic Chaplaincy. The course helps young people find fulfilment through applying proven principles and spirituality to their everyday lives. This version of the course was developed...
William Byron SJ has challenged Catholic business schools to be better than Harvard in a recent article in America magazine.A bold and provocative challenge, it might not be as fanciful as it seems at first glance. Contributing an Ignatian perspective on leadership and training leaders,  it is an interesting response to the current anxiety and interest in leadership. Ever since Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio SJ was elected Pope Francis there has been a growing interest in Jesuit leadership. This...
European Jesuits in Lebanon with the Maronite patriarch
Twenty-five young Jesuits from eighteen countries have begun a three-week long meeting in the Middle East.Mostly from Europe, they also include a Jesuit from Tanzania and another from Vietnam. Peter O'Sullivan is representing the British Province.A key theme of the meeting is the refugee crisis in the Middle East. This is felt acutely in a relatively small country such as Lebanon, with 4 million Lebanese hosting 2 million refugees from Syria. The group has visited a series of refugee camps...
Titus Oates - An exact discovery
An interesting article in The Independent on 7 August 2017 put ‘fake news’ into a deeper historical context.Its author, Linda Kiernan, a lecturer in French history at Trinity College Dublin, focused on the febrile climate of 17th Century Europe. At a time when civil wars and unrest beset Western Europe, in Britain the widely believed ‘fake news’ (known as the Popish Plot) was that the Jesuits were planning to do away with Charles II in favour of his Catholic younger brother, James. With...
Candles for victims of terror attack
The Holy Name Church opened early this morning as the Manchester Universities Catholic chaplaincy team responded to the news of the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena last night.Fr William Pearsall SJ visited fellow chaplains at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, a block away from the Holy Name, to offer support, and a team of students is now cooking for anxious waiting relatives and hospital staff who are working round the clock with badly injured survivors of the bombing.“The church is...
Eucharist at Taize
Manchester Universities Catholic Chaplaincy took a group of 30 young pilgrims to Taize for Easter week.  Stopping in Birmingham and London to pick up more pilgrims, the group was made of young Christians of different denominations. Their destination was the ecumenical community in France founded in the 1940s by Brother Roger Schutz. Joining around 4000 pilgrims arriving over Holy Week, from all over the world, they took part in the common prayers of the community, Bible studies and sharing...
A 'constructive' discussion with Sean Anstee at Trafford Council
Representatives from Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy joined other community and social justice groups last week for a meeting with the city’s Conservative Mayoral Candidate, Councillor Sean Anstee. Fr Tim Byron SJ, Head Chaplain at the Chaplaincy, described the atmosphere as “constructive and very positive” and said it had been a “very impressive experience”.The meeting took place at Trafford Council and involved a diverse group of three women...

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