lockdown

Photograph of antiquarian books on shelves
A year and three lockdowns into the pandemic and our old way of working has fractured, the ‘new normal’ has become the merely normal.  Working from home means we have had to find new things to do, or new ways of doing old things.  In this blog post I reflect on my experience of writing about rare books using only some rather unprofessional pictures on my phone camera, and a lot of good internet resources.Last month I wrote a blog post about two books in the Jesuit Antiquarian Book...
Fr Mateusz Konopinski SJ was delighted to start welcoming the parishioners of St Ignatius, Stamford Hill back to the church when the building re-opened, but he realised that the community had been growing and thriving even while its members were kept apart. Now is the time for us to gather our collective learning from lockdown. As people come back to Sunday Mass and enjoy being together again physically, I can see that we were still very much a community even during lockdown, albeit spread...
The church reopened on the feast day of Saints Edmund Campion, Robert Southwell, and companions, with parishioners gathering (two metres apart) to reflect on the Saints and the beginning of Advent, and celebrate the end of another lockdown.  To mark the reopening of St Francis Xavier, the team shared biscuits and cake with the local youth centre and nursing home, and gathered supplies for the local food bank. Representatives from Faith Primary School, including Parish Priest Fr....
On the 20th March 2020, my teachers announced that our school was going to closeI was apprehensive as to what was happening around the world. As I watched the death toll rise daily and the world going into turmoil, I felt nervous and built up with fear as to what would happen next. This was such a surreal feeling. I felt inundated by news about what to do, what not to do, and what was happening to patients across the globe. What made me so upset was listening to the statistics about the daily...
On Monday, 1st June, St John’s Beaumont Preparatory Day & Boarding School in Old Windsor was fortunate enough to be able to open its doors again for boys in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 as well as Year 6 students.The day started early for staff at the school as they arrived in the early hours to put on the finishing touches to the ‘welcome back’ celebrations. When finally, at 7.45am, the first families were arriving on the drive, they were welcomed by banners, bunting, balloons and music....
Living Theology this year will be run as a Zoom course on three Fridays: 12, 19 and 26 of JuneThere will be two presentations in the morning and one in the afternoon; one from each of the three presenters. Here are details of the courses:The Last Supper Today, Fr. Michael Smith SJThis course will explore what we can learn about the Eucharist as it is today from the writings in the Old and New Testaments. When we take part in the Eucharist, we are taking part in a tradition that stretches back...
Working from home is tricky for archivists.  The archive is shut, the material we work with is inaccessible.  We can't bring a couple of boxes of old documents home, or a volume of 18th century bound letters, and get on with cataloguing them from our kitchen tables.  There are no researchers visiting the archive at the moment, so we have no research questions to answer and in reply to most of the email enquiries we have to say that we cannot help until we are back in the archive...
Dr Paul O’Reilly – or Fr Paul O’Reilly SJ (pictured) – will launch a new series of online Zoom talks, ‘Lockdowns from Lauriston’, from the Lauriston Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh with a look at his work supporting homeless people during the coronavirus lockdown.You can join this first talk and Q&A on Zoom at 7:30pm Tuesday May 5th using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2365092814During the present lockdown, while many people are forced to stay in their homes – many of them unable to...
In the distant BC (before COVID) era, around 25 people worked in the Curia offices next to Farm Street church in central London.As well as the Provincial and Socius, his assistant, there were managerial and secretarial staff, the Jesuit Media Initiatives, the finance department, Province healthcare officials, the archives team, the safeguarding office, and others. In the last month, since the lockdown, all except the Provincial (Damian Howard) and the Socius (myself, Paul Nicholson) are working...
If you are looking for online retreat, try this one devised by Jesuit priest, Fr David Birchall SJ. It is called ‘Journey into Freedom’ and is a continuation of the ‘Journey into Faith’ retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.The retreat is produced in conjunction with Jesuits in Geneva and can be listened to here.For those interested in joining Fr David’s Online Friday Prayer Group, click here.For those interested in joining Fr David’s...

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