lockdown

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...
The global headquarters of The Society of Jesus, the General Curia in Rome, has been receiving a huge number of wonderful Jesuit initiatives regarding the COVID-19 crisis. The leader of the Society, Father Arturo Sosa SJ, has asked that a new website be launched to bring these initiatives together in one place, as well as to promote them in multiple languages so that people across the globe can access them more easily.The digital team at the General Curia accepted this challenge and have...
‘You’re not as hot as I am’ would not have been part of any conversation before Covid 19 but each day at St Beuno’s taking our temperatures gives us some indication that the measures we are taking to stay well and healthy are working.We are a community of 17 during this time of lockdown; a community which has been generously enhanced by the presence of two Jesuit novices, Dunstan and Sam, as well as our four Jesuits from other communities. Our last retreatants left on March 16th and since then...