Tim Byron SJ

The theme for the 2017 Award is 'A New[er] Hope'
There are just six weeks left for budding filmmakers to submit their entries for the Insight Student Filmmaker Award, at the end will be a six-week internship with a Jesuit production company in Hollywood for the winning entrant. Short films, draft scripts or treatments on the theme of ‘Hope’ are being sought from UK students – but their entries do need to be submitted before April.The Student Filmmaker Award originated through the Insight Film Festival which was launched in...
Manchester's young leaders with their mentors
Former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has presented awards to the upcoming bright lights of religion and business at Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy. The worlds of football, religion and enterprise merged in a unique way for the graduation ceremony of the global interfaith pilot of the Launching Leaders course at the weekend. Certificates of completion were handed out by Sir Alex to the participants on the interfaith course – a mix of Catholic, Muslim and Mormon...
The Launching Leaders group in Manchester
Launching Leaders, an interfaith project that links religion and business, has become the latest exciting new initiative to make its home at Manchester Universities' Catholic Chaplaincy.The Launching Leaders Group - a 12-week programme which pairs participants up with mentors – had its official launch at the Chaplaincy at the beginning of this month. With the help of online modules, talks, workshops and strategic planning, the participants on the course (many of them university...
Night shelter volunteers gather for training
On Saturday night the Jesuit Church of the Holy Name in Manchester opened its doors to welcome ten destitute asylum seekers who would otherwise be sleeping rough.  The asylum seekers were welcomed with a hot meal and a room to sleep in adjacent to the church's sacristy.A team of volunteer helpers were recruited at the Manchester Universities' Catholic chaplaincy at a training meeting on Thursday evening which was attended by 40 students.The chaplaincy Interfaith Coordinator Hinna...
Stephen B Whatley's the Sacred Heart of Jesus - part image
I have been telling many of our students here at Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy,  that when we die God is not going to be interested in how you did in this module, or what mark you got in this exam.  However He will be interested in how much love you shared in your life. Today the church focuses on the mysterious way that God manifests his love for us through the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This is a beautiful devotion that has been part of the Church’s...
As students all over the world enter exam season – are we putting them under too much stress?  Exams and anxiety go hand in hand, we all want to do well when we face a test. Jesus’ ultimate test was when he was in the Garden of Gethsemane and we are told that he sweated blood as he prayed before his arrest.  This is no exaggeration – sweating blood  is a medically acknowledged phenomenon, Hematohidrosis, that has been observed in times of great stress....
Left to right: Kevin Lo, Ed Potter, Stephanie Meredith, Rokas Balsys, Ladislav Maluch
Five students from the Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy are planning a trip to Dodoma Tanzania to spend a month supporting primary school students at the Jesuit St Ignatius School Primary School. Stephanie Meredith, the chaplaincy administrator, is one of the team travelling out with Fr Tim Byron SJ, the senior chaplain, on 13th June.  She commented “ we do so much here on a local level helping those in crisis [through the student-run food bank] and we wanted to broaden our horizons...
One Night ACN event Holy Name Church 2015
Last Sunday 17th April, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) gave a talk at the Holy Name Church in Manchester to raise awareness of the plight of persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria.John Pontifex, the Head of Press and Information at ACN, spoke about his eye-witness encounters with Christians suffering for their faith in Iraq and Syria, where the ultimatum is so often ‘convert or die.’ During a moving talk to a full congregation, Pontifex displayed images of desecrated icons,...
View of St Joseph's Mossley where the week of guided prayer took place last week
For this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Jesuit spirituality team is undertaking  weeks of guided prayer in 20 Salford parishes.“This initiative is a wonder-ful example of collaboration,  encouraging the gifts of Jesuits and lay people to work together for the greatest good” says Fr Simon Bishop SJ, Director of Spirituality for the Jesuits in Britain.This ambitious project had its source and inspiration in a week of guided prayer (WGP) led by Fr Tim Byron SJ, senior chaplain at...
Fr Tim Byron SJ with members of NASFAT
Manchester Central Foodbank, which is operated under the auspices of the Jesuit led Manchester Universities' Catholic Chaplaincy,  has agreed to develop a partnership with a group of Nigerian Muslims  who form Nasrul llahi l fathi society (NASFAT). The foodbank recently received a generous donation of food from NASFAT.“It is great to be working together with the Nigerian Muslim community in Manchester in this way,” said Fr Tim Byron SJ,  a trustee of the foodbank, “With the...

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