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BBC Radio4 Sunday Worship broadcast from Heythrop College

BBC Radio4

Sunday Worship on BBC Radio 4 was broadcast from Heythrop College, University of London on the 5th October. The programme celebrated the Jesuit college's 400-year-history, under the title 'A Harvest of Souls'.

Among those who took part in Sunday Worship were Dr Gemma Simmons CJ, who is a Senior Lecturer in Pastoral and Social Studies and Theology at Heythrop, and Dr Damian Howard SJ who teaches Christian-Muslim relations. They looked back on Heythrop College's 400 years of training priests and laity for ministry, as they reflected on the theme of harvest and celebrated the tradition of prayerfulness which is a hallmark of Jesuit spirituality.

Music in the programme included hymns by Scottish Jesuit hymnwriter, Fr James Quinn SJ who died in 2010, and extracts from poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ. The programme also featured music by the Domenico Zipoli SJ, the Italian Baroque composer who worked in the Reductions of Paraguay and who is recognised as the most accomplished musician among Jesuit missionaries. The highly acclaimed youth chamber choir, 'Inner Voices', which is made up of singers from inner London state schools, was directed by Ralph Allwood. The programme was produced by Rowan Morton Gledhill.

The programme is available on iPlayer here.