Celebrating the Feast of St Ignatius in London

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Fr Tony Nye SJ preaching and the St Ignatius statue

A packed Farm Street church of Jesuit alumni and others enjoyed a moving service on Friday evening to celebrate the Feast of St Ignatius. The mass was led by Fr Tony Nye SJ who concelebrated with Jesuit fathers Barnes, Beattie, Holman, Kelly, King and O’Halloran, accompanied by some non-Jesuit priests.

Father Nye’s warm sermon thanking St Ignatius for his considerable legacy opened by excusing the numerous Jesuits not present on this important day as they were taking part in a week of summer experiments involving Jesuits across four provinces or, as he wittily described this, because they were ‘on NATO manoeuvres’! 

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The music was, as always, provided by the impressive Farm Street Choir led by director of music, David Graham and organist, Edward Dean who played us out to a beautiful closing recessional of Carillon de Westminster by Louis Vierne.

The service was followed by a drinks reception in Mount Street Gardens where we were amused by a resplendently dressed newly married couple who, together with their bridesmaids and photographer, joined us from their reception in the nearby Connaught Hotel for their formal photographs in the full-bloom setting. 

The offertory collection and a raffle at the reception raised funds for the parish appeal for Bakhita House, a women’s refuge which is part of a collaborative initiative by the Catholic Bishop’s Conference and other support agencies responding to the growing problem of human trafficking.  Find out more about the Bakhita initiative >>