Friday 31 July

Thought for the day from Anne Richards

Ignatius of Loyola

1491 -1556 died aged 64


A Spanish Catholic Priest and Theologian

He co-founded along with St. Francis Xavier the religious order of the Jesuits  (The Society of Jesus) 1539

He was canonized in 1622 and declared patron of spiritual retreats.

As a soldier he was injured in both legs by a cannonball which necessitated him some confinement in his early life.  This meant he had the time to read, in particular about the life of Christ and the Saints.

He decided to study, for 12 years and was eventually ordained in 1537

Later on, he turned to things more spiritual and it is to this in which we are indebted.

He wrote the book ‘The Spiritual Exercises.’

During my time at Queens Theological College I came across the Jesuits, in fact I think we visited a group in Birmingham, that was the first time I heard about a way of praying heralded by the Jesuits called, ‘The Examen.’

Daily Examen:

The Examen is a simple prayer directed toward developing a spiritual sensitivity to the special ways God approaches, invites, and calls.  It is a prayerful reflection on the events of the day to discern God’s presence and his direction for us. This was one of his methods of prayer.

Ignatius recommended that the Examen be done at least twice, at noon and at the end of the day in the Jesuit Order and it was an ancient practice that is still maintained to this day. We might like to do it once, at the end or the beginning of the day.

You can find out more on the website:

Anne Richards is the Chaplain for Coventry University and the Priest in Charge of Whitley

National guidance from the Church of England

The Church of England website has a dedicated page for the latest national requirements and guidance.

This week the national Church updated the following guidance:

  • New FAQShould we wear a visor for presiding and preaching? in Prayer and worship section
  • New FAQWhat can we do about our annual parish meetings? in Finance and governance section
  • New FAQWhat are the first steps to take if we believe there has been a local breakout? in General section
  • Updated FAQ - What guidance is in place for clergy, church workers and volunteers who are deemed to be at additional risk? in General section
  • Updated document -  Outdoor worship and churchyards - version 3.2
  • Updated documentPersonal Risk Factors for Clergy, Church Workers and Volunteers - Version 2

Face Coverings

The following notice has just been added to the Church of England website:

"The Prime Minister has outlined plans to make face coverings mandatory in Places of Worship from 8th August and has withdrawn guidance to permit indoor professional performances with immediate effect. We will study detailed government regulations and guidance once they are available and will update our guidance accordingly.

In the meantime, we continue to strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus (COVID-19) and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing."

Annual Parish Meetings

Regarding the above mentioned FAQ about annual meetings, Archdeacon Sue says:

"I have spoken to Mary, our Registrar, and she will prepare a Bishop’s Direction to enable APCMs to meet electronically and for hybrid meetings. This won’t happen for a few weeks but we will let you know when this is ready and would be grateful if you could save any queries until then."

Diocesan Service - this Sunday

The first in a series of five diocesan services well be streamed at 10:00 am this Sunday.  Archdeacon Sue will be preaching on the theme of Sabath Rest.
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Best wishes


Revd Graeme Pringle
Director of Communications