Padre’s Hour – Focus on Industrial Christian Fellowship (ICF)

Written by on 11/02/2021

Padre’s Hour – Focus on Industrial Christian Fellowship (ICF)

Radio Maria England’s ongoing programme, Padre’s Hour, has shared many testimonies of Catholics and Christians serving others.  Father Sam has spoken to organizations such as Stella Maris, Aid to the Church in Need, the Jesuit Refugee Project and smaller organizations and Parishes and shared their stories of dedication, service, and love with listeners.  Radio Maria England endeavours to share the good work done by the church in England that blessed not only our country, but the world.  On this week’s episode, Father Sam Randall speaks to Reverend Phil Jump, chairman for Industrial Christian Fellowship (ICF).  Faith and work remains a key issue for Christians who are serious about living out their faith in a 21st Century world. ICF has a long history of supporting Christians in the workplace and developing resources that help churches relate to the world of work.  Phil shares the history of ICF and how they continue to support their members through the pandemic.

Please visit ICF’s website for membership details, resources and contact information at


Woodbine Willy
An important figure in ICF’s history is Revd. Geoffery Studdert Kennedy, better known to the world as “Woodbine Willy”. A a child he was no stranger to urban poverty and became a passionate advocate of social justice and a prophetic voice in the early part of the 20th century. After the war the popular army chaplain, decorated for his bravery in venturing into no-mans land to bring comfort and solace to the dying, became a popular public speaker. His appointment as missioner for ICF released him from routine clerical duties to become an outspoken advocate for the working classes. One of his celebrated quotes was:

“If finding God in our churches leads to us losing Him in our factories, then better we tear down those churches for God must hate the sight of them.”

ICF might not choose to express its vision in quite such outspoken terms today, but we remain committed to promoting that “market place Christianity” which was such a hallmark of Kennedy’s life


This episode of Padre’s Hour will be broadcast Monday (February 15) at 11am, Tuesday (February 16) at 9pm, Friday (February 19) at 2am and Saturday (February 20) at 5pm.

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