Pandemic

In our next IMAGINE Zoom meditation we will be exploring our bodies as sources of wisdom. We will spend a little time noticing what happens when we pay attention to our embodied experience, and allow our imaginations to be part of that. These bodies of ours, and the bigger body of the world, are Sacred, and allies if we can only learn to listen to them. The session will involve some very small group sharing and listening, and a guided time of individual body practice.Everyone is welcome to our...
Just after Christmas, there was great excitement in the Parish of St John XXIII, the English-speaking community here in Geneva with more than 72 nationalities among its congregation. We are a truly International community with the World Health Organisation headquarters and the UN’s Palais des Nations literally just down the road from our church. Ignatian spirituality first arrived in our parish through the Growth in Prayer and Reflective Living course in 2019 and this group now wanted to...
In the last of the Lockdowns from Lauriston talks, Fr Damian Howard SJ looks back on some of the key learning from the series and ahead to the challenges and opportunities for the Church in the ‘new normal’. As the Ignatian month of July invites us to celebrate the life and legacy of the founder of the Society of Jesus, it is important to remember that along with the tragedies, good things have also come out of the lockdown. Watch the talk here:  Video of The Church After Lockdown | Fr...
Religious in England and Wales have been asked to offer space in their buildings to vulnerable people who face street homelessness as the emergency housing scheme put in place for the pandemic draws to a close.Hundreds of vulnerable people will urgently need accommodation by the end of July, when the hotels and hostels currently housing street homeless people reopen for business.Some 5,400 people who were housed in emergency accommodation for the three-month lockdown now face being made...
Dominic Robinson
Catholic groups have lobbied the Government in a bid to ensure that around 5,400 homeless people who have been housed in emergency pandemic accommodation for three months do not return to rough sleeping.The groups are calling for adequate resources made available to keep them off the streets post-pandemic. Also, they are urging the Government to revise its exclusion of vulnerable groups, to help for example the many migrants who have no recourse to public funds.“We are working with local...
Join us for a guided meditation with the imagination: a chance to meet, listen and share with others, and a space of nourishment each week, live on zoom.Take time to pause, step off the hamster wheel of life for an hour, and tune into what grounds and roots you, into a deeper and wider perspective. In that pause, you might just discover something of who you are, what you deeply desire, and what the world and these times are calling you into.Everyone is welcome to our weekly IMAGINE hour-long...
Fr Augusto Zampini-Davies, who is currently leading the Vatican's post-COVID19 task force, has said that the people of God are not going to wait for political leaders to make the changes the world needs, but 'are going to move it forward ourselves'.In the latest talk in the series Lockdowns from Lauriston to an online audience of more than 1,000 people, Zampini-Davies said Pope Francis had asked the task force to “prepare the future”, and not simply to react to future problems. "We are called...
At the end of February, Jesuit Novices Dunstan Rodrigues and Sam Dixon were sent on an 'experiment': a six-week experience of ministry. Here they tell their story of what happened and what they are learning. We started the Zoom meeting with baited breath. We were doing something new: an online retreat during the Easter Triduum from St Beuno’s. We felt nervous and apprehensive, reaching out to people across the country during the Covid-19 pandemic. What would we say? How would they react to...
In the week leading up to Pentecost (May 24th -31st), the Jesuit Young Adult Ministries offered an online retreat in daily life called “Plugged In”.  As its name indicates, the retreat aimed at allowing young adults to profit from the lockdown by rediscovering and ‘recharging’ their relationship with God. The 40 participants where individually accompanied by the Jesuit Young Adult Ministries Team along with a team of Jesuits and lay Spiritual Directors from across the country. The virtual...
A bit about Fr AugustoFr. Augusto Zampini-Davies is an Argentine priest from the Diocese of San Isidro, Buenos Aires. In April 2020 he was appointed Adjunct Secretary of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, having worked in the Dicastery since its creation in 2016. He is currently leading the Vatican’s post-COVID19 task force.  In 2018, Pope Francis appointed him as one of the experts/advisors to the Synod of the Amazon.  Trained as a moral...

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