St Ignatius of Loyola

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...
Over the past nine days we have travelled on pilgrimage around the country visiting each of our parishes in turn. Today, on his feast, we visit the church dedicated to St Ignatius in Stamford Hill, London. Jesuit Scholastic, Christopher Brolly, had this to say:"Our last day of this Novena is a day for which to be thankful. Spending time in thanksgiving together is not just the perfect way to bring this Novena to a close, it's also the perfect way to celebrate the patron saint of this parish and...
As we approach the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola on 31st July, please join us in praying a novena over these next 9 days from each of our Jesuit parishes in England and Scotland. Today's novena comes from St Anselm's Church in Southall which is home to a vibrant community including Tamil, Urdu, Polish and Portuguese speakers. The Society of Jesus has worked tirelessly over the years to share Ignatian spirituality with those living in the parish.  Faced with an absent...
The interior of St Aloysius Church, Glasgow
As we approach the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola on 31st July, please join us in praying a novena over these next 9 days from each of our Jesuit parishes in England and Scotland. In today's novena, Fr Dermot Preston SJ reflects on the life of St Ignatius from St Aloysius Church in the heart of Glasgow: "If I was spending too much time praying, I could almost feel St Ignatius coming down, tapping me on the shoulder and saying 'Dermot, what are you doing here?' Because the task is to...
On Saturday 30th of May the universal Church will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost.COVID-19 has affected the entire human community. What better response than to pray together, "Come, Holy Spirit, and renew the face of the Earth!" We will pray for God's Spirit to descend powerfully upon us during a half-hour vigil on May 30 at 7pm BST.In these past months we all have experienced the devastation of CoVid-19. It has shown how vulnerable we are, how precarious our systems and limited our...
Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem (photo by Sander Crombach)
November is the month of Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Middle East. David Stewart SJ reflects on the spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation in a part of the world which has seen much strife.   THE HOLY FATHER’S PRAYER-GROUPLike his predecessors, Pope Francis has often turned to his own international prayer network asking us to pray for today’s pressing issues. You can be part of this network right now, if God’s Holy Spirit draws you to unite your own prayers to...
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October is the Extraordinary Mission Month. David Stewart SJ reflect on the “new missionary spring in the church” and how we can play our part in it, put our faith into action.October’s Prayer Intention of the Holy Father coincides with the church’s Extraordinary Mission Month. At its heart there is the fervent prayer intention for a “Missionary Spring – that the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary 'spring' in the church”. Pope Francis invites us all to pray this intention with...
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Now in its fourth year, the 31 days campaign by the Jesuits in Britain is returning for our 2019 edition. This is a series of 31 daily emails delivered to subscribers each day and available from the spirituality website Pathways to God, leading up to the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, celebrated by the Jesuits and our friends all over the world.Since 2016, the initiative has helped people to get to know more about the Jesuits, their works, and Ignatian...
The Farm St Church Camino in the steps of St Ignatius set off on Sunday for two weeks of walking and pilgrimage in northern Spain.The group of 19, led by Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, landed in Barcelona. Their first stop has been Verdu, at the Shrine and birthplace of St Peter Claver, the 17th century Jesuit priest known as the ‘slave to the slaves’ for his work with the slaves of what is modern day Colombia.“The opening Mass and the first day morning prayer were dedicated to the victims of human...
July has been a busy month at Jesuits in Britain’s office in London, as we have been preparing and running our 31 Days of St Ignatius. It has now been one week since the end of this year’s campaign and we are reflecting on the progress made and on the feedback we have been receiving from you.The initiative started in 2016. "It came about a few years ago because we wanted to help people get to know the Jesuits in Britain," explains Ruth Morris, Digital Communications Manager of the Jesuits in...

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