News


25th February, 2024

  • At the back of the church there is a new list for volunteers to provide Sunday refreshments during the next 3 months. Anyone who can help on one Sunday during that period, is asked to add their name to the list. Anyone who wants to know more about what is involved, is encouraged to talk to Ruth McGroary or Mary Wellington.
  • The second of our Lenten addresses takes place at midday on Wednesday. The last two will be given on 6th and 20th March. Each talk focuses on one of the ways in which people have depicted the crucifixion of Jesus, and what that means for us. The address will be followed by the usual midweek Eucharist at 12:30.
  • On Wednesday evening there is an opportunity online to say “goodbye” to Bishop David. There will be a ‘Service of Prayer, Thanksgiving and Sending Out’ for him as he and his chaplain Frances Hiller retire at the end of the month. Bishop Robert will preside. All are welcome. The service begins at 18:00. Please join a few minutes before the start. If the Zoom is full you can watch on YouTube. You can link to both here.
  • On Friday the church is open for private prayer and meditation from 12:30 until 17:30. At 18:00 the World Day of Prayer service will take place in Sala Lutero, next door to the Chiesa Valdese in Via Assarotti, This year’s service will focus on peace in Israel and Palestine.
  • Saturday is the World Day of Prayer for Children and Young People. There will be an afternoon of activities for children of elementary and middle school age at Don Bosco di Sampierdarena. Via San Giovanni Bosco 14r. If you want to know more, please contact Pastora Ulrike Jourdan at the Chiesa Valdese.
  • The next Ecumenical Bible Study on St Mark’s Gospel will be at 18:00 on Tuesday 5th March at the Chiesa Valdese in Via Assarotti.
  • We will hold a Spring Book Sale with English Teas and various other goodies on Saturday, 23rd March from 15:00 to 18:00. The flyer below can be downloaded and shared with others.

18th February, 2024

  • Confirmation preparation continued over lunch today. It isn’t too late to sign up. Anyone interested should contact the chaplain via the link here.
  • The first of our four Lenten addresses takes place at midday on Wednesday. The others will be given on 28th February and on 6th and 20th March. Each talk will focus on different ways in which people have depicted the crucifixion of Jesus, and what they mean for us.
  • The address will be followed by the usual midweek Eucharist at 12:30. This Wednesday we pray for those pondering a call to ministry and for those who are preparing for ordination.
  • On Fridays during Lent the church is open for private prayer and meditation from 12:30 until 17:30
  • The Ecumenical Bible Studies on St Mark’s Gospel continue at 18:00 on Tuesday at the Chiesa Valdese in Via Assarotti.
  • On Friday 1st March the World Day of Prayer service at 18:00 in Sala Lutero (Via Assarotti) focuses on peace in Israel and Palestine.
  • Saturday 2nd March is the World Day of Prayer for Children and Young People. There will be a day of activities for children of elementary and middle school age at Don Bosco di Sampierdarena. Via San Giovanni Bosco 14r. Further information (in Italian) here.

11th February, 2024

  • Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. The 12:30 Eucharist will include the imposition of ashes for those who wish to mark the beginning of Lent in this way. 
  • On four Wednesdays during Lent (21st and 28th February, and 6th and 20th March) there will be a Lent Lecture at 12:00. This year’s will focus on the different ways in which people have interpreted the crucifixion of Jesus, and what that means for us. Each talk will be based on one of the crosses in and around the chaplaincy. 
  • On Fridays during Lent (beginning this Friday) the church will be open for private prayer and meditation from 12:30 until 17:30
  • The Ecumenical Bible Studies on St Mark’s Gospel continue in ten days’ time, on Tuesday 20th February at 18:00 at the Chiesa Valdese in Via Assarotti. 
  • On Friday 1st March the World Day of Prayer service at 18:00 in Sala Lutero (Via Assarotti) focuses on peace in Israel and Palestine. 
  • Saturday 2nd March is the World Day of Prayer for Children and Young People. There will be a day of activities for children of elementary and middle school age at the Don Bosco Institute in Sampierdarena. Via San Giovanni Bosco 14r. If you want to know more, please contact Pastora Ulrike Jourdan at the Chiesa Valdese. 

4th February, 2024

  • The Church Council met after the Eucharist. Much of its business was linked to the process of providing a new constitution for the church (last updated in 1899!) and the end of year finance. It also approved a fund-raising event later in the spring (Saturday 23rd March. Watch this space for further details!) and arrangements to mark the chaplain’s farewell. To accommodate ecumenical friends, there will be a special Evensong on Saturday 20th June, followed by refreshments, and his final Sunday will be 28th April, which is also the date of the Annual Church Meeting, which will be followed by lunch.
  • On Tuesday the Ecumenical Bible Studies on St Mark’s Gospel begin again after their Christmas break at the Chiesa Valdese in Via Assarotti. The passage for study is Mark 4 (see 28th January below).
  • On Wednesday the Eucharist will be celebrated at 12:30 as usual.
  • On Thursday there will be a gathering of young adults (officially anyone aged 18-30, but all are welcome) from different churches at Holy Ghost at 20:30. It’s the first stop on a mini-pilgrimage which will also take in the Immacolata and the Chiesa Valdese on opposite sides of Via Assarotti.
  • On Friday 1st March the World Day of Prayer Service will be held at 18:00 in Sala Lutero in Via Assarotti. This year’s prayers focus on peace in Israel and Palestine.
  • On Saturday 2nd March there will be a day of activities for children of elementary and middle school age at the Don Bosco Institute in Sampierdarena. If you want to know more, please contact Pastora Ulrike Jourdan at the Chiesa Valdese (contact details at 28th January below).
  • Next Sunday is the Sunday Next before Lent. The Eucharist will be at 10:30 as usual. It will be followed by the first session for those who are preparing for confirmation when Bishop Robert visits Italy in early April. This will be in the setting of a simple lunch. Anyone interested in joining the group is asked to fill in one of the forms on the table and give it to the chaplain.
  • The monthly Taizé Prayer takes place next Sunday at 21:00 in San Marco al Molo.
  • Bishop David Hamid, the Assistant Bishop in the Diocese in Europe, who has been a good friend to this chaplaincy over many years, is retiring at the end of this month. The diocese is organising a collection for a retirement present. Contributions toward this gift can be left at the church between now and Sunday 11th February.
  • Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, falls on 14th February, ten days from now. Traditionally the ashes are made by burning the previous year’s palm crosses. If you have any crosses that can be used for this purpose, please bring them to church, either this coming Wednesday or next Sunday.

28th January, 2024

  • On 25th January the chaplain shared reflections on a life lived in an ecumenical setting, with Itala Ricaldone of SAE and Gheorghios Karalis of the Greek Orthodox community in Genova. The original (Italian) text of his contribution can be found here. We hope to link to an English version at some point.
  • At the Eucharist at 12:30 on Wednesday we will remember St John Bosco, educator extraordinary.
  • Advance Notice 1: on Thursday 8th February there will be a gathering of young adults (anyone aged 18-30) from different churches here at 20:30. It’s the first stop on a mini-pilgrimage (quick church-crawl) which will also take in the Immacolata and the Waldensian Church on the other side of Via Assarotti.
  • Advance Notice 2: on Saturday 2nd March there will be a day of activities for children of elementary and middle school age at the Don Bosco Institute in Sampierdarena. If you want to know more, please contact one of the numbers listed below. There will be a preparatory meeting on Zoom at 21:00 on Tuesday for anyone who would like to be involved in preparing and running the day. Please talk to the chaplain if interested – or see below.
  • The Church Council meets next Sunday. It is hoped that the agenda and other papers will be with members of the Council later today.
  • Next Sunday is the Second Sunday before Lent. The Eucharist will be at 10:30 as usual.

21st January, 2024

  • At the Eucharist at 12:30 on Wednesday we will remember St Francis de Sales, one of the great teachers about the spiritual life and a man of peace in a time of sharp religious conflict.
  • On Thursday the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ends on the feast of the Conversion of St Paul. Our lunchtime Eucharist takes place as usual at 12:30. At 18:30 in the Sala Quadrivium the chaplain will share reflections on a life lived in an ecumenical setting, with Itala Ricaldone of SAE and Gheorghios Karalis of the Greek Orthodox community in Genova. The original (Italian) text of his contribution can be found here. We hope to link to an English version at some point.
  • Advance notice that on Saturday 2nd March there will be a day of activities for children of elementary and middle school age at the Don Bosco Institute in Sampierdarena. If you want to know more, please contact Pastora Ulrike Jourdan at the Chiesa Valdese. There will be a preparatory meeting on Zoom at 21:00 on Tuesday, 30th January for anyone who would like to be involved in preparing and running the day.
  • Next Sunday we keep the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, the end of Christmastide, when we turn from the crib and begin to look towards the cross. The Eucharist will end with a procession of candles and it will be followed by a bring-and-share lunch. Offers of help (and food!) to Ruth McGroary, please.
  • After that Eucharist and before we settle down to lunch there will be a short meeting for those who are thinking about being confirmed when Bishop Robert visits Italy in early April. Anyone interested is asked to contact the chaplain. Anyone who wants to know what confirmation is about should also contact him.

14th January, 2024

  • Tonight at 21:00 there will be the regular monthly Taizé Prayer at San Marco al Molo. All are welcome.
  • On Wednesday the normal 12:30 Eucharist will have a distinctly monastic flavour. We shall remember St Antony the Great (Antony of Egypt), the man who, more than anyone else, turned the Egyptian desert into a city of prayer: we shall also give thanks for the life of Charles Gore, bishop and founder of the Community of the Resurrection.
  • At 17:30 on Wednesday, in the Sala Quadrivium, there will be an opportunity to hear an interpretation of a key passage in the writings of one of the Hebrew prophets from a Jewish as well as a Christian point of view. Rabbi Giuseppe Momigliano from the synagogue in Via Assarotti and Pietro Mariani Cerati of the Italian “Friends of Neve Shalom Wahat al Salam” (“Oasis of peace” in Hebrew and Arabic) will lead a discussion of Ezekiel’s vision of the Valley of Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14).
  • On Thursday the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins. There will be a United Service of Prayer in the Cathedral on Friday at 18:30. There will be contributions from Archbishop Marco, Padre Filip Sorin of the Romanian Orthodox Church and Pastore Enrico Reato of the Baptist Church. At the end of the Week of Prayer, on Thursday 25th January, the chaplain will be sharing his reflections on 75 years of a life lived in an ecumenical setting, with comments from Itala Ricaldone of SAE and Gheorghios Karalis of the Greek Orthodox community in Genova. That will take place in the Sala Quadrivium at 18:30.
  • Advance notice that on Saturday 2nd March (the World Day of Prayer for Children and Families) there will be a day of activities for children of elementary and middle school age at the Don Bosco Institute in Sampierdarena. Anyone who wants to know more, is asked to contact Pastora Ulrike Jourdan at the Chiesa Valdese. There will be a preparatory meeting on Zoom at 21:00 on Tuesday, 30th January.
  • Preparation for confirmation will begin later this month. We are drawing together a group of candidates and it is not too late to join it. Bishop Robert will visit Italy in early April and a confirmation at this church will be included in that visit. Anyone who is interested, to contact the chaplain. If anyone wants to know what confirmation is about, please talk to the chaplain.
  • Finally: we are still looking for volunteers to set up the weekly after-service Aperitivo during the coming weeks. Anyone who is able to help provide hospitality, or would like to know more about what is involved, is asked to contact Ruth McGroary or Mary Wellington.

31st December, 2023

  • A gentle reminder to those who have taken part in this year’s “Reverse Advent Calendar” project that their gifts are now overdue.
  • Tomorrow we mark New Year’s Day. It being the eighth day since our celebration of the birth of Jesus, we also celebrate the Naming and Circumcision of Jesus. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30, followed by refreshments. At 15.15 there will be a march for peace, beginning at the Annunziata and ending at the Cathedral.
  • There will be the normal midday Eucharist on Wednesday.
  • Saturday is the thirteenth day of Christmas. We shall celebrate the Epiphany with the arrival of the wise men at the crib and a Eucharist at 12.30 to mark the revelation of Jesus to the Gentiles (people like us, in other words). There will be refreshments afterwards.
  • Next Sunday we keep the feast of the Baptism of Christ. The Eucharist will include the renewal of our baptismal promises.
  • It is now possible to give to the church online, either directly or via the diocesan “JustGiving” page. Use the QR code below (10th December) to discover how. If you use “JustGiving”, please add a note specifying that your gift is for Holy Ghost Genoa.
  • There have been a number of requests for confirmation. We don’t have a date yet, but we do have a bishop. Bishop Robert will visit Italy in early April and will be very pleased to include a confirmation at this church in his itinerary. Preparation will begin next month. Anyone who is interested, or who wants to know what confirmation is about, is asked to contact the chaplain.

24th December, 2023

  • Thank you to everyone whose hard work made last Sunday’s Carol Service such a success.
  • Today is both the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve. Our pattern of services this morning reflects that. This Eucharist will be followed by our Crib Service at 11:30. This is a short act of worship with carols and Christmas songs aimed particularly at families with young children, but it is not only for them. It will be followed by seasonal refreshments.
  • Tomorrow is Christmas Day. We shall celebrate the Eucharist at 10:30 in honour of the Lord’s birth.
  • Tuesday is St Stephen’s Day. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30.
  • Wednesday is the feast of St John the Evangelist. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30.
  • On Thursday at 12:30 we remember the Holy Innocents.
  • A reminder to those who have taken part in this year’s “Reverse Advent Calendar” project that their gifts are due in today (or tomorrow).
  • This Christmas it is possible to give to the church online, either direct or via the diocesan “JustGiving” page. Click here to discover how. If you use “JustGiving”, please add a note saying that your gift is for Holy Ghost Genoa.
  • There have been a number of requests for confirmation. We don’t have a date yet, but we do have a bishop. Bishop Robert will be visiting Italy in early April and will be very pleased to include a confirmation at this church in his itinerary. Preparation will begin in the New Year. Anyone interested is asked to contact the chaplain.
  • We have received Christmas greetings from Bishop Robert and Bishop David, from our Archdeacon David Waller and from Archdeacon Joe Ajaefobi in London, from Fr David Emmott and Lyn, from Fr Gordon Bond and Kevin, from Pastora Jutta Sperber of the Lutheran Church, from the Management of the Ospedale Evangelico Internazionale, from Kari and Jeff Schellie in the US, from Gillian Cumming, and from Fr John Bennett and Rita in Yorkshire. John and Rita are both celebrating their 80th birthday in April. Anyone who is in the UK then would be very welcome to join the celebration. Details from the chaplain.
  • Barna Manfredi died on 23rd December. Over many years Barna has played a huge part in the musical life of this church and the success of last Sunday’s Carol Service was in no small part due to him. His funeral will take place at Holy Ghost on Tuesday at 10:00.

17th December, 2023

  • The Christmas Carol Service will take place this evening at 17:30. This will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies. At the service there will be an offering which will be shared between church funds and a development project in Kenya which we are supporting.
  • A reminder to those who are taking part in this year’s “Reverse Advent Calendar” project that the items they have been collecting since the beginning of Advent should be brought to church next Sunday.
  • The church’s online Advent calendar is back again this year. If you haven’t discovered it, you can gain access here.
  • The church is again open at 17:30 for Evening Prayer each day from Tuesday to Friday.
  • This Christmas it is possible to give to the church online, either direct or via the diocesan “JustGiving” page. You can discover how to do that here or use the QR code printed with the news for 10th December below. If you go down the “JustGiving” route, please make sure that you add a note saying that your gift is for Holy Ghost Genoa, otherwise it will be lost in general diocesan funds.
  • There will be a midweek Eucharist as usual on Wednesday at 12:30.
  • Next Sunday is both the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve. Our pattern of services will reflect that. There will be a Eucharist at 10:30 as usual. It will be followed at 11:30 by our Crib Service, a short act of worship with carols and Christmas songs. This service is aimed particularly at families with young children, but it is not only for them. It will be followed by seasonal refreshments.
  • On Christmas Day we shall celebrate the Eucharist at 10:30 in honour of the Lord’s birth. Details of other Christmas services can be found here.
  • Requests for confirmation are being received. Preparation will begin in the New Year. Anyone who is interested is asked to contact the chaplain.
  • Christmas greetings have been received from Kari and Jeff Schellie in the US and from John and Rita Bennett in Yorkshire. John and Rita are both celebrating their 80th birthday in April. Anyone in the UK then would be very welcome to share the celebration. Details from the chaplain.

10th December, 2023

  • The monthly Taizé prayer takes place at San Marco al Molo tonight at 21:00. All are welcome.
  • During this season of Advent, members of the congregation who have the resources to do so are again invited to take part in this year’s “Reverse Advent Calendar” project, putting a non-perishable item for the food bank in a bag or basket each day from now until Christmas Eve and bringing everything that they have collected to church on 24th or 25th December.
  • The church’s online advent calendar is back again this year. There are no chocolates when you open the windows, but there is a picture and a suggestion about something to do each day between now and Christmas Eve (inclusive).
  • This week the church is open each day from Wednesday to Friday at 17:30 for Evening Prayer. All are welcome.
  • This Christmas it is possible to give to the church online, either direct or via the diocesan “JustGiving” page. Use the QR code below or the link here to discover how. If you go down the “JustGiving” route, please make sure that you state clearly that your donation is for Holy Ghost, Genoa.
  • At the Eucharist on Wednesday at 12:30 we remember St Lucy, a teenager executed in Syracuse 17 centuries ago because of her Christian faith.
  • Next Sunday, we will celebrate the Eucharist in the morning as usual. At 17:30 in the evening the Christmas Carol Service will take place. This will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies and a short concert of Christmas music from many lands.
  • There have been a couple of requests for confirmation and it is hoped that there may be more from some of the people at this year’s annual meeting who expressed an interest in serving on the Church Council in the future. We don’t have a date yet, and the situation is complicated by Bishop David’s retirement at the end of February (and the chaplain’s at the end of April). However, we have opened negotiations with the diocese in the hope that one of the honorary assistant bishops might be available to visit Genova around Easter. Preparation will begin in the New Year. Anyone who is interested is asked to email the chaplain via the link here so that he can forward further details when they become available.

3rd December, 2023

  • The season of Advent begins today. Members of the congregation who have the resources to do so are again invited to take part in this year’s “Reverse Advent Calendar” project, putting a non-perishable item for the food bank in a bag or basket each day from now until Christmas Eve and bringing everything that they have collected to church on 24th or 25th December.
  • We are also re-running our online advent calendar this year. There are no chocolates when you open the windows, but there are some pretty pictures and some good ideas about things to do on each of the days between now and Christmas Eve (inclusive).
  • During Advent the church will be open each weekday from Tuesday to Friday at 17:30 for Evening Prayer. All are welcome.
  • At the Eucharist on Wednesday at 12:30 we remember St Nicholas, 4th-century bishop of Myra in what is now Turkey and the original Santa Claus.

26th November, 2023

  • The midweek Eucharist on Wednesday at 12:30 focuses on the missionary work of the Church worldwide.
  • On Thursday we celebrate St Andrew the Apostle. There will be a Eucharist at 12:30.
  • Advent begins next Sunday. Members of the congregation who have the resources to do so are again invited to take part in this year’s “Reverse Advent Calendar” project, putting a non-perishable item for the food bank in a bag or basket each day from Sunday until Christmas Eve and bringing everything that they have collected to church on 24th or 25th December.
  • During Advent the church will be open each weekday from Tuesday to Friday at 17:30 for Evening Prayer. All are welcome.
  • The Church Council meets next Sunday. Members should have received most of their papers for the meeting. Any who have not are asked to contact the chaplain as soon as possible.

19th November, 2023

  • We were very grateful to Canon Vickie Sims for presiding at our Eucharist today while Fr Tony is convalescing after his recent surgery.
  • The Church has received greetings from Michael Alozie in Malta, from Kingsley Kalu, and from Fr Moses Adesina in Guyana.
  • All being well, the midweek Eucharist will be celebrated as usual on Wednesday at 12:30. This week we remember St Cecilia, the Roman martyr who became the patron saint of music and musicians.
  • Advent begins in two weeks’ time. Members of the congregation who have the resources to do so are again invited to take part in this year’s “Reverse Advent Calendar” project, putting a non-perishable item for the food bank in a bag or basket each day from Advent Sunday (3rd December) until Christmas Eve and bringing all that they have collected to church on 24th or 25th December.
  • Members of the Church Council are reminded that the next meeting is scheduled to take place after the Eucharist on Advent 1 (2nd December). All being well, the agenda will be published at the end of this week.
  • Next Sunday we keep the feast of Christ the King, the final Sunday of the Church’s year and a reminder that the kingdoms of this world, and all earthly power structures, are provisional and under God’s judgement.

For anyone interested in preparing for the beginning of “Year B”, when we shall be accompanying Jesus on a journey through St Mark’s Gospel:


12th November, 2023

  • Tonight at 21:00 there will be the monthly Taizé Prayer at San Marco al Molo. All are welcome.
  • Last week Fr Tony was attending a very good diocesan conference about Racial Justice. Material from the conference will be appearing on the website and the FB page during the next few days.
  • Fr Tony will be in hospital from Tuesday to (probably) Thursday. In place of the usual midweek Eucharist on Wednesday at 12:30 there will be Midday Prayer led by the Churchwardens.
  • Next Sunday is the Second Sunday before Advent. Because Fr Tony will still be convalescing, the Eucharist that day will be led by Canon Vickie Sims.
  • Members of the congregation who have the resources to do so are again invited to take part in this year’s “Reverse Advent Calendar” project, putting a non-perishable item for the food bank in a bag or basket each day from Advent Sunday (3rd December) until Christmas Eve and bringing all that they have collected to church on 24th or 25th December.

5th November, 2023

  • At the Eucharist on Wednesday at 12:30 we shall remember the Saints and Martyrs of England.
  • From Wednesday afternoon until Saturday evening Fr Tony will be in Germany, attending a diocesan conference on Racial Justice. If there are any issues which you would like him to raise during discussion at the conference, please send him an email, DM or WhatsApp before the end of Tuesday.
  • Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, when we hold before God all who have died in war, and especially those who died in the two World Wars of the last century. The service will include two minutes’ silence for remembrance and reflection.
  • During the days leading up to Remembrance Sunday many British people wear a poppy as a symbol of remembrance. We have some available in church. All are welcome to take one, but those who do are asked to please put a donation in one of the plastic collecting boxes. The money raised is spent on the care and support of ex-servicemen and women who have been disabled, physically or mentally, in war.
  • Next Sunday evening at 21:00 the monthly Taizé service will take place at San Marco al Molo.

29th October, 2023

Today is the church’s Dedication Festival, the “official birthday” of the Church of the Holy Ghost. The actual birthday is at the beginning of June, when Bishop Charles Harris dedicated the church building to God in 1872, but that can clash with our Patronal Festival, the feast of Pentecost. So, the celebration is postponed until the end of October.

  • Warm thanks to everyone who helped with yesterday’s Bazaar, setting up, stall-holding, or clearing up afterwards. Thanks, too, to all who supported the event. The total raised was just over €1,720, including a few generous donations. Special thanks to those who stayed on at the end or came in early this morning in order to get the church ready for this morning’s Eucharist.
  • Today is the last opportunity to add the names of loved ones to be remembered at the Commemoration on All Souls’ Day on Thursday. You can add names by sending an email to the church via the email link here.
  • Wednesday is All Saints’ Day. There will be a service at 12:30.
  • Thursday is All Souls’ Day, when we remember those whom we have loved but see no longer in this life. There will be a service at 18:00 at which they will be remembered by name.
  • Next Sunday is All Saints Sunday, when we give thanks for all the holy ones of God, both those who are well-known and those whose names have been forgotten.

22nd October, 2023

  • This afternoon at the Lutheran Church in Nervi Jutta Sperber was installed by the Dean of the Lutheran congregations in Italy as the pastora of the Lutheran congregation in Genova and San Remo.
  • On Tuesday at 17:00 the chaplain will be one of the panel taking part in a conference on interfaith dialogue, “Unity in Diversity” at the Palazzo Ducale (Sala Borlandi).
  • On Wednesday there will be a Eucharist at 12:30. On that day the Church commemorates SS Crispin and Crispinian. This year it also marks the 5th anniversary of the death of Wendy Piaggio.
  • Our Autumn Bazaar takes place on Saturday from 15:00 to 18:00. Posters to advertise the Bazaar can be downloaded here. If you know of a place where you can display publicity, please print as many as you need..
  • Saturday is also the feast of St Simon and St Jude, so Bazaar preparations will be paused for half an hour at 12:30 that day while we give thanks for these two apostles at the Eucharist.
  • Next Sunday is the church’s Dedication Festival, our “Official Birthday”. The church’s real birthday is in June, but that is often overshadowed by Pentecost (our patronal festival) and by Trinity Sunday.
  • In ten days’ time, on Thursday 2nd November, we keep All Souls’ Day, when we remember those whom we have loved but see no longer in this life. There will be a service at 18:00 that evening at which we will remember them. If you have any loved ones whom you wish to be remembered by name at that service, please add their names to the list on the table or contact the chaplain here.

19th October, 2023

A brief news report of Tuesday’s prayers for peace in the Cathedral appeared on TGR Liguria yesterday. You can find it here among the comments on the post about the service. You can find edited highlights of the vigil, and the ecumenical prayers in the cathedral which followed, here. The cathedral was packed.


15th October, 2023

  • On Tuesday at 20:30 there will be a gathering for peace outside the Cathedral, followed by an ecumenical service of prayer for peace.
  • On Wednesday we keep the Feast of St Luke. All being well, there will be a Eucharist at 12:30.
  • Our Autumn Bazaar takes place on Saturday 28th October from 15:00 to 18:00. There is a box in church for non-perishable contributions. If you are planning to contribute, please let Ruth McGroary know what you can provide as this will help with organising table space – and alert us to any gaps on the regular stalls that may need to be filled! Posters to advertise the Bazaar can be downloaded here. If you know of a place where you can display publicity, please print as many as you need.
  • Next Sunday afternoon, Pastora Jutta Sperber will be formally installed as the new minister of the Lutheran congregations in Genova and San Remo. There will be a special service at the Lutheran Church in Nervi at 15:00.

8th October, 2023

  • Although it was announced on Sunday that the chaplain would be admitted to Galliera the next day, that has not happened, owing to an outbreak of Covid-19 on the cardiology ward. As a result the service at 12:30 on Wednesday will be a Eucharist. The Eucharist next Sunday will be led by the chaplain and not by Canon Vickie Sims as advertised.
  • Looking further ahead: we will hold our Autumn Bazaar from 15:00 to 18:00 on Saturday, 28th October. There is a box in church for non-perishable contributions. If you are planning to contribute, please let Ruth McGroary know what you can provide as this will help with organising table space – and alert us to any gaps on the regular stalls that may need to be filled! There are posters and fliers to advertise the Bazaar. If you have access to a place where you can put out publicity, please take as many as you need.
  • Congratulations to Israel Dominic and Wonder, who celebrated their marriage in traditional Nigerian style in Paris on Friday.

1st October, 2023

  • Thanks go to everyone who brought gifts of harvest produce to decorate the church and tins and packets of food for the food bank.
  • Thanks also go to John Obues, who has done an amazing job in clearing away the vegetation along the boundary wall in Via Goito.
  • At the Eucharist at 12:30 on Wednesday we will remember St Francis of Assisi, the little poor man who recognised the depth of humanity’s relationship with the rest of creation.
  • We will be holding our Autumn Bazaar at the end of October. For the next few weeks there will be a box in church for non-perishable contributions. If you are planning to contribute, please let Ruth McGroary know what you can provide as this will help with organising table space – and alert us to any gaps on the regular stalls that may need to be filled! There are posters to advertise the Bazaar available in church. If you have somewhere where you can display publicity, please take as many as you need.
  • Next Sunday we return to the sequence of Sundays after Trinity.

24th September, 2023

  • The Church Council met after the Eucharist this morning. The church has moved a step closer to having a new constitution to replace the original 1876 version (as amended in 1896). The Council also approved a programme for the coming months (details to follow in due course) and took note of Bishop David’s coming retirement at the end of February 2024.
  • The chaplain and wardens will be in Rome this week, attending the Archdeaconry Synod. This means that there will be no service at 12:30 on Wednesday. However, the food bank will, we hope, be open as usual.
  • Anyone who pays taxes in Italy but has not yet sent in their tax return to the Agenzia delle Entrate is reminded that it is now possible to include the Associazione Chiesa d’Inghilterra in Italia as a beneficiary of the “8 x 1000” (“Otto per Mille”) scheme by ticking the appropriate box on their tax return.
  • The online diocesan course, “Walking Together in Faith”, which is aimed at helping lay people to grow in discipleship, begins again on Tuesday 26th September. Details can be found on this page under 1st September, or go straight to www.europe.anglican.org/lay-learning-course, where you can learn more and register to take part.
  • We will be holding our Autumn Bazaar on Saturday 28th October from 15:00 to 18:00. For the next 3 weeks there will be a box for non-perishable contributions. If you are planning to contribute, please let Ruth McGroary know what you can provide as this will help with organising table space – and alert us to any gaps on the regular stalls that may need to be filled!
  • Next Sunday we celebrate Harvest Thanksgiving. There will be a celebratory superaperitivo after the Eucharist. Gifts of harvest produce to decorate the church will be gratefully received in church the day before. So will gifts of tins and packets of food for the food bank – and they can be brought to church on the day. If you want to contribute but are not sure what to bring, please talk to the chaplain or the wardens. Gifts over and above our immediate needs will be shared with organisations working with homeless people and rough sleepers.

17th September, 2023

  • At the midweek Eucharist at 12:30 on Wednesday we remember John Coleridge Patteson, first Bishop of Melanesia, and his companions.
  • On Thursday we celebrate St Matthew. There will be a Eucharist at 12:30.
  • The online diocesan course, “Walking Together in Faith”, which is aimed at helping lay people to grow in discipleship, begins again on Tuesday 26th September. Details can be found on this page under 1st September. Or go straight to the diocesan website, where you can learn more and register to take part.
  • On 1st October, we shall celebrate Harvest Thanksgiving. Gifts of harvest produce to decorate the church will be gratefully received in church the day before. So will gifts of tinned food and packets for the food bank – and they can also be brought to church on the day. If you want to contribute but are not sure what to bring, please contact the chaplain or the wardens. There will be a superaperitivo after the Eucharist that morning.
  • The Church Council meets after the Eucharist next Sunday. Members should already have received their papers. Anyone who has not is asked to contact the chaplain.

1st January – New Year 2023

The sermon at the morning Eucharist on New Year’s Day at Holy Ghost Genoa explored St Luke’s sudden switch from the shepherds to the circumcision. It’s a shift which underlines the paradox of the particularity of Jesus’ heritage and the universality of the Gospel. That universality was emphasised in the events of the afternoon organised by the local branch of the Comunità di Sant’Egidio to mark World Peace Day .

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The celebration began with a concert for peace at the Annunziata. This is one of Genoa’s biggest churches, but all seats were filled and it was standing room only at the back. The concert was given by “Voci Bianche” a choir made up of young people who sing in the chorus at Genova’s Opera House. They performed Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” with energy and a fluency in Middle English that might not have been expected.

The concert was followed by speeches, including one from Archbishop Marco Tasca OFM and one from Ekaterina Slobdniuk representing the Ukrainian refugee community in Genova. All then left the church to take part in a march for peace through the city centre which was led by one of the tourist road trains which take visitors around Genova.

More than 2,000 people of all ages and many races, loudly chanting “Pa-ce! Pa-ce! Pa-ce!”, made their way from the Annunziata to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. En route the procession passed the Archdiocesan Offices, where the Anglican chaplain, Canon Tony Dickinson, delivered a card of condolences on the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. It had been signed by everyone present at the Anglican Eucharist that morning.

The celebration ended with Mass in the Cathedral, at which Archbishop Marco presided and preached.

1st December 2022 Senior Alderman Michael Mainelli

In early December, Michael Mainelli, “Senior Alderman below the Chair” in the City of London (which means that he is, effectively, Lord Mayor-Designate) spent a long week-end in Genova, as he and Genova’s newly re-elected Mayor, Marco Bucci, conferred about ways in which they might re-invigorate the long-standing links between the two cities. It was, after all, London merchants at the time of the Crusades who first asked for permission to use the Genoese flag of St George on their ships in order to deter assault by pirates (1).

Alderman Michael Mainelli in the front pew during the opening speeches

There were talks and presentations about industry, commerce and high finance, and formal dinners with leading figures from the Genoese economy. However, Alderman Mainelli’s first engagement during the week-end was afternoon tea at the Church of the Holy Ghost, organised by the Honorary British Consul, Denise Dardani, a regular member of the congregation. Over a hundred people, British and Italian, gathered to enjoy tea, sandwiches, and cake and to listen to a talk by Avv. Alessandro Bartoli, a leading local authority on the history of the British community in Genoa and in the surrounding Italian Riviera. Avvocato Bartoli was introduced by the chaplain, Canon Tony Dickinson, who has recently produced his own contribution to chronicling the British presence in Liguria (2).

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The event went off very well, with an exchange of gifts between the Alderman and the Chaplain and “a few words” from various interested parties, both British and Italian, which set the tone for the rest of the week-end. The members of the congregation who provided the catering and the waiting were quietly pleased at the result of their efforts, although churchwarden Lis Watkins Queirolo confessed that it would be a long time before she could look at a smoked salmon sandwich again with any sense of eager anticipation.

Notes:

(1) Genoese merchant ships were well-known for carrying a company of crossbowmen with instructions to use lethal force if their vessel came under attack.

(2) “Redeemed from Fire” was published in October as part of the church’s celebration of 150 years since the dedication of its present building. It tells the story of the Anglican community in Genova from the time of the Napoleonic Wars until the present day. Copies can be ordered from the Church at a price of €20,00

Thank you everyone for your contributions to our appeal in 2022.

“Redeemed from Fire”

A new history of the Anglican presence in Genoa since the early 19th century was published on 21st October. Canon Tony Dickinson’s talk at the book’s launch can be found here.

There are copies of “Redeemed from Fire” on sale from the church at €20,00. Please order here. You can pay

  • by sterling cheque or bank transfer in favour of the Diocese in Europe at 14 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3QZ,
  • by bank transfer in euros direct to the church’s Italian account,
  • or by making a donation here through the Diocese in Europe’s “Just Giving” page.

If you pay via the Diocese in Europe, either directly or through “Just Giving”, please make sure that you state clearly that your payment is to be credited to the account of the Church of the Holy Ghost Genoa, and that it is for a copy (or copies) of “Redeemed by Fire”.


Thursday, 29th September (Michaelmas Day)

“Redeemed from Fire”, the story of the Anglican presence in Genoa from 1815 to 2022, was sent to the printer today. To order your copy at the pre-publication price of €15,00, you can either

But whatever you do, please do it before 21st October (publication day) when the offer ends and the full price of €20,00 applies.


Sunday, 25th September

  • Padre Filip Sorin and the people of the Romanian Orthodox congregation in Sestri have added their expression of sympathy over the death of Queen Elizabeth to the many that were announced last week.
  • The Church Council meeting scheduled for this morning has been postponed until next Sunday.
  • Those who weren’t able to be present the Wednesday before last at the launch of the chaplain’s new book “Four Ways to the Cross” may like to know that there are a few copies available for sale.
  • After the dislocation caused by last week’s absences at Synod, etc., we are back to normal this week with a Eucharist at 12.30 on Wednesday.
  • There will also be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Thursday, as we celebrate St Michael and All Angels.
  • On Saturday at 17:00 there will be a round-table discussion in church about the place of the Anglican church in the ecumenical life of this city. It will be led by colleagues from the Baptist, Methodist and Waldensian traditions (and, we hope, a Catholic).
  • The talk by Laura Guglielmi which was postponed because of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will now take place at 17:30 on Monday, 3rd October.
  • Next Sunday is Harvest Thanksgiving. After the Eucharist, and before the postponed meeting of the Church Council, there will be an aperitivo. We hope to be arranging them more regularly in future.

Sunday, 18th September

  • Thanks to everyone who has contributed to making everything run smoothly at what is a time of huge upheaval not only for people in the UK but for millions around the world. We have received condolences from people in France and Switzerland as well as from Anna Maria Saiano the American Consul-General, from our good friend Oriana Danieli, from Kevin and Fr Gordon in the UK, Fr Giovanni in Sicily and Fr Moses in Guyana.
  • The period of official mourning for Queen Elizabeth ends after her funeral tomorrow (19th September) at 11:00 BST: i.e. midday CEST. There will be a short service of Evening Prayer, following the order of the Book of Common Prayer, in church tomorrow at 17:00 CEST to mark the end of the period of mourning.
  • Because the chaplain is away at Archdeaconry Synod in Sicily this week, there will be no service at 12.30 on Wednesday.
  • Because of the clash with Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, the talk by Laura Guglielmi which was scheduled for 19th September will now take place at 17:30 on Monday, 3rd October.
  • On Saturday 1st October at 17:00 there will be a round-table discussion about the place of the Anglican church in the ecumenical life of this city. It will be led by colleagues from the Baptist, Methodist and Waldensian traditions (and, we hope, a Catholic).
  • We are receiving more responses to the “150 for 150” Appeal and orders for the history of the church. Please see the panel above to learn more about the appeal. Copies of the book, at the special pre-publication price of €15,00, can be ordered from the chaplain.
  • Next Sunday, after the Eucharist, there will be a meeting of the Church Council. Members of the council should have received their agendas yesterday. Anyone who has not is asked to let the chaplain know as soon as possible.

More on the death of Queen Elizabeth

  • The church is open for visitors to sign the book of condolence each day between 14th and 17th September (inclusive) from 11:00 to 16:00.
  • The church will also be open on Sunday from 10:00 until 15:00. The Sunday Eucharist at 10:30 will include prayers for the new King.
  • On the day of the late Queen’s funeral, Monday, 19th September, there will be a short said service of Evening Prayer at 17:00. It will follow the order of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

The death of Queen Elizabeth II

  • Sunday’s service will be a special one to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth and to pray for the royal family. In the chaplain’s absence in the UK, it will be led by Fr Robert Morley. Further details of events to mark the Queen’s passing can be obtained from the senior churchwarden, Mary Wellington, or from the Honorary British Consul, Denise Dardani.
  • Three prayers for use during these days of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II:

O Lord our Heavenly Father, Almighty and Everlasting God, by whom kings reign and princes decree justice: We remember before thee our late Sovereign Lady QUEEN ELIZABETH, in thankfulness for the blessings which thou hast bestowed upon us by her reign; for the example she set of unwearied devotion to duty; for her steadfast courage; and for the love and loyalty borne to her by a great family of peoples in all parts of the world. And we beseech thee to give us grace that, having these thy mercies in remembrance, we may with one heart and one mind set forward the welfare of this land, and hasten the coming of thy kingdom of peace and goodwill among men; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of all comfort: deal graciously, we pray thee, with all those who mourn, the members of the Royal Family, this Nation and all Nations of the Commonwealth, that casting every care on thee, we may know the consolation of thy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Almighty God, who rulest over all the kingdoms of the world, and disposest of them according to thy good pleasure, and who hast now called thy Servant our Sovereign Lord the King to the Throne of this Realm: let thy wisdom be his guide, and let thine arm strengthen him; let justice, truth, and holiness, let peace and love, and all those virtues that adorn the Christian Profession, flourish in his days. Direct all his counsels and endeavours to thy glory, and the welfare of his people; and give us grace to obey him cheerfully and willingly for conscience sake; that neither our sinful passions, nor our private interests, may disappoint his cares for the public good; let him always possess the hearts of his people, that they may never be wanting in honour to his Person, and dutiful submission to his Authority; let his Reign be long and prosperous, and crown him with immortality in the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Sunday 12th June, 2022

  • A huge thank you to the team which prepared and carried through Friday’s very successful and enjoyable Platinum Jubilee event (see pictures under “Friday 10th June” below). It was warmly appreciated by the people who took part.
  • Tonight at 9.00 p.m. there is the monthly meeting at San Marco al Molo for prayer in the style of the Taizé Community.
  • On Tuesday at 8.30 p.m. at Santa Maria in Castello there will be a gathering for anyone who wishes to pray for Nigeria, and particularly for the people of Owo, at this sad time.
  • On Wednesday there will be the usual celebration of the Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. We shall remember the spiritual writer Evelyn Underhill – and her link to Genoa.
  • From tomorrow we are back in “ordinary time” until All Saints’Day at the beginning of November.

Friday, 10th June

Our belated Jubilee celebrations finally took place with Fiona Graham, the Consul General from Milan, joining Genova’s Honorary British Consul Denise Dardani, to welcome a gathering of over 80 people, including representatives of the Comune and other official bodies as well as members of the British community in Liguria.

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Above pictures courtesy of The Chaplain, Ruth McGroary, and Flora Capostagno.

Sunday 5th June: Pentecost

  • We were very grateful to Bishop David for his presence on this special week-end. It was a splendid celebration of the presence of the Holy Spirit, focused on the baptism of Edwin and Sarah, and the confirmation of Sarah and Blessing (pictures below). We were very pleased to welcome Consigliere Delegato Vittorio Ottonello representing the city’s Mayor. And it was good that so many people stayed for our “bring and share” lunch after the Eucharist.
  • Yesterday we celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the dedication of this church building to the glory of God the Holy Ghost. As part of our celebration we had a reading from the forthcoming history of the church, “Redeemed from Fire”. If you would like to buy a copy at the special pre-publication price of €15,00 please contact the chaplain.
  • We have received anniversary greetings from the Lutheran Church here in Genova, from the Anglican congregation in Bordighera, from Vickie Sims in Milan, Fr David Emmott in Liverpool, Fr Clifford Owen in Norfolk, Fr Giovanni la Rosa in Sicily, and Angela Mirani in Varese.
  • A number of contributions marking our 150th Anniversary have been posted here. Don’t miss them.
  • On Wednesday there will be the usual celebration of the Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. Wednesday is one of the so-called “Ember Days”, when we pray for those who are to be ordained in the coming weeks; for those who are in training for ordained ministry; and for all who are wondering whether God might be calling them to some kind of ministry in the church.
  • On Friday at 5.30 p.m. we will be celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. There will be tea, and we shall welcome the new Consul General from Milan, Catriona Graham, as well as our own Honorary Consul Denise Dardani. Please let Denise know if you are planning to be present.
  • Next Sunday is Trinity Sunday. The Eucharist will be at 10.30 a.m. as usual.
  • Amid all the greetings this morning, we also had to say “arrivederci”: Roma is heading back to Australia tomorrow, and we wish her “Buon viaggio”. We hope that we will see her again next year as the weather gets cooler and wetter “down under”.

Saturday, 4th June

Today we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the Church of the Holy Ghost in 1872 by Bishop Charles Amyand Harris.

The Church of England has had an almost continuous presence in Genova ever since the British Commander in Chief (Mediterranean) proclaimed the restoration of the Genoese Republic in 1814.

The English Church has had a powerful impact on the life of the city through its involvement in the foundation of the Ospedale Evangelico Internazionale and an even greater impact on the sporting life of Italy as a whole, through its role in the foundation in 1893 of the Genoa Cricket and Football Club.

Today, to mark this anniversary, Bishop David Hamid, the Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe, is visiting Genova. He will celebrate a special Festival Eucharist, including baptisms and confirmations, at 10:30 on 5th June (the Feast of Pentecost).

From 18:00 to 19:30 this evening there will be an opportunity to meet the bishop, and the priest of the Anglican church, Canon Tony Dickinson, over an aperitivo at the Church of the Holy Ghost.

Canon Tony Dickinson will be reading extracts from his forthcoming book about the church, “Redeemed from Fire”, which will be published in the autumn. There will be an opportunity to order copies of this, and to sign up for the church’s anniversary appeal.

You will find greetings and anniversary reflections from three of our former locum chaplains here.