Gemma Simmonds CJ

What Would Francis Do?On March 19th, the feast of St Joseph, Pope Francis will mark eight years in office. Over that time, he has attempted to bring back to the Catholic church the energy and zeal which emerged from the Second Vatican Council. How far he has succeeded is the subject of the Edinburgh Jesuit Centre’s series of Lenten talks.Six prominent thinkers, each an expert in their own field, will address different aspects of Francis’ tenure.The series starts at 7.30 on Tuesday 23rd February...
Happy Landings: Accompanying the Return to Faith and PracticeThe Landings Lecture aims to address issues relating to the work of the Landings Programme in the UK, that is accompanying back to the Church those who have fallen away or on the cusp of leaving.The previous two years’ lectures, given by Fr Christopher Jamison OSB and Dr Austen Ivereigh, have attracted a diverse audience of those involved in evangelisation, adult faith formation and communications in dioceses and religious orders. We...
St Paul's Bookshop in High Street Kensington was packed last Monday, for the launch of Sr Gemma Simmonds CJ's new book: 'The Way of Ignatius - A Prayerful Journey Through Lent', published by SPCK.An audio adaptation of the text will be heard throughout Lent on the online prayer app and website Pray As You Go, a production by Jesuit Media Initiatives in which Sr Gemma is regularly involved. Born as a collaboration with Sacred Space, the 2019 Lent retreat will follow the book in its exploration...
Gemma Simmonds CJ
“Girls and boys come out to pray….”,  men and women in today’s churchYou are invited to a Study Day with Sr Gemma Simmonds, at The Bar Convent in York, on Saturday 15th July, 2017.  The theme is “Girls and boys come out to pray”,  men and women in today’s church.'There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus'.  This dream of the new community in the risen Jesus has inspired generations...
Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ with Fr Provincial, former General Nicolás and Fr Michael Holman SJ at Heythrop College
Yesterday’s radio airwaves had no shortage of participants from the British Province. On BBC Radio 2, Fr Damian Howard SJ was Clare Balding’s guest on Good Morning Sunday. He had been invited as a guest onto the programme to talk about Martin Scorsese’s film Silence, about 17th century Jesuit missionaries in Japan.Meanwhile, on BBC Radio Wales, Roy Jenkins’ award-winning programme All Things Considered was given over to Sr Gemma Simmonds CJ of Heythrop College,...
St Teresa of Kolkata (Calcutta)
The Catholic Church is preparing to celebrate the canonisation of one of the highest profile saints of the 20th century this weekend. Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be declared a saint by Pope Francis at St Peter’s in the Vatican on Sunday; and Jesuits and their associates will be joining the celebrations.In Guyana, Jesuits work alongside around two dozen Missionaries of Charity nuns whose convents have been turned into hospitals and shelters for the homeless and a refuge for the outcasts...
Painted life of Mary Ward (Wikipedia Commons)
Mary Ward, the founder of a religious order for women modelled on the Jesuits, was born 431 years ago today – on 23 January 1585. Her cause for beatification is currently underway at the Vatican.The daughter of Yorkshire recusants, Mary Ward believed that women had a vital role to play in the Church and society, teaching that that “there is no such difference between men and women, that women may not do great things”. She believed herself called to start a religious order for women modelled on...
The Prison Advice & Care Trust
Guest Speaker: Dr. Gemma Simmonds CJRSVP: prisonsweek2015@prisonadvice.org.uk Prior to the Sir Harold Hood Memorial Lecture Pact staff and volunteers are attending a mini-retreat and Roman Catholic Mass.  12:00 - 12:45: Buffet lunch1.00 - 3.00: Short retreat led by Jo Hornby3.00 - 3.30: Break3.30 - 4.30: Mass5.00 - 6.30: Drinks & canapés6.30 - 7.30: Lecture by Dr. Gemma Simmonds CJ7.30 - 8.00: Q&AYou are most welcome to join us for all or part of this day!...