It has been wonderful to meet those of you who are participating in the Over 8’s Baptism programme at St Patrick’s Church. The children have brought such vitality, joy and openness to the programme – we have really enjoyed meeting you and your families and look forward to accompanying you further on your faith journey.
Introducing our school patron – Saint Ignatius of Loyola
St. Ignatius Loyola was born in 1491, one of 13 children of a family of nobility in northern Spain. As a young man Ignatius Loyola thought a lot about falling in love and he dreamed of doing great deeds and becoming a knight.
But in 1521 Ignatius was seriously wounded in a battle- whilst serving as a soldier. While he was recovering, Ignatius Loyola experienced a conversion. Reading the lives of Jesus and the saints made Ignatius happy and inspired him to do great things. Ignatius realised that these feelings were clues to God’s direction for him in his life.
Over the years, Ignatius became an expert in the art of spiritual direction. He collected his wisdom, prayers, and suggestions in his book the Spiritual Exercises, one of the most influential books on spiritual life ever written. With a small group of friends, Ignatius Loyola founded the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits. Ignatius conceived the Jesuits as “contemplatives in action.” Ignatius believed that we are called to find God in all aspects of our everyday life.
Follow this link to find out more about the life of Saint Ignatius of Loyola
Something to reflect on:
We are now in the season of Lent. Lent is often described as a time of preparation and an opportunity to go deeper with God. You may wish to say this short prayer below this Lent.
may we respond to and share
your call to repentance during Lent.
Give us the boldness
to speak out against injustice
and the trust to believe
that change can come.