Mass and Vigil for Fr Stan Swamy SJ
Join us at Farm Street Church on 5 July 2022 for the first anniversary of Fr Stan’s death
Who was Fr Stan?
Stan Swamy was born in 1937 and entered the Society of Jesus in 1957. Since the 1990s, his attention focused on defending the rights of the indigenous Adivasi community. He spent a large amount of time in Jharkhand, northern India, where such indigenous communities face a number of threats.
This includes their silent war between Naxilites, an extreme Maoist group that continues to take advantage of vulnerable Adivasi communities. Meanwhile, the local government police forces seek to displace Adivasi communities to benefit local mining interests. This is often done through violent means.
Fr Swamy sought to use his constitutional rights to defend Adivasi communities by peaceful means. However, he faced backlash from the NIA for doing just this. They unjustly accused him of having links to with a Maoist organisation. Fr Swamy adamantly claimed that these were deliberate fabrications to undermine his peaceful work which comes into direct conflict with the visions of the Indian Government.
Join our Mass and Vigil
13:05 Mass celebrated at Farm Street Church by Fr Dominic Robinson SJ (National Chaplain to Aid to the Church in Need and Parish Priest)
13:35 Solidarity Walk from Farm Street to Indian High Commission. You are invited to bring banners, posters or any symbol of solidarity with the causes championed by Fr Stan.
14:15 Prayer Vigil led by Fr Jovito D’Souza SJ (Indian Jesuit and Parish Priest of St Anselm’s in Southall) outside the Indian High Commission.
You are welcome to join for all or just some of the event.
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