Fr Denis Blackledge SJ

This Sunday (October 25) marks the fiftieth anniversary of the canonisation of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales by Pope St. Paul VI. Fr Denis Blackledge SJ of Saint Xavier Parish in Liverpool - himself now a Jesuit for 59 years - was present at the celebration in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome - an awe-inspiring occasion, with music sung by the choir of Westminster Cathedral instead of the usual Papal Choir of the Sistine chapel.“We extend Our greeting first of all to Our venerable brother...
While many people are spending more time indoors as the second wave restricts outdoor life, Fr Denis Blackledge SJ of St Francis Xavier parish in Liverpool (pictured in visor) is running a series of online 6 minute talks that form a gentle walk through the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. This armchair retreat has the theme “Let Me Love You”. Each week Fr Denis chooses a couple of scripture passages to break open the living word in a homely way to give fresh encouragement, and deepen...
When I celebrated mass publicly for the first time in almost four months on Tuesday 7th July, which happened to be my 47th anniversary of priesthood, I did something for the very first time at mass in those 47 years of priesting – wore a visor to give out communion.Liverpool Archdiocese has been meticulous in laying down practical rules and regulations to enable mass to be celebrated during the covid-19 era. The aim is to provide as secure a situation as possible to maintain high standards of...
Fr Denis Blackledge SJ on the altar of St Francis Xavier's
On Tuesday 2nd October, St Francis Xavier's church in Liverpool celebrated its first Mass dedicated to remembering all victims of abuse. This was seen as an opportunity to raise awareness, as well as offering support and comfort.In August, Pope Francis had published a Letter to the People of God in which he unequivocally condemned both the abuse of minors and the failure to hold perpetrators to account.The Holy Father invited the Church to a penitential exercise of prayer and fasting: “...