Peter Hackett SJ
Peter was born in Boscombe on 21st October 1924, and educated at St Peter’s school in Southbourne. He trained for two years as an accountant before joining the Jesuit novitiate St Beuno’s in 1942 at the age of 17. Because of the war, his novitiate was interrupted by three years of military service, partly with the Royal Navy in Greece, and he did not take his First Vows until 1947. He then studied philosophy and theology at Heythrop in Oxfordshire, taking an MA in English between these at Campion Hall, and teaching for a year of regency at Beaumont. He was ordained at Heythrop in 1957, returning to St Beuno’s for tertianship.
Peter spent most of his working life in secondary education. From 1959 to 1963 he taught Latin and English at Preston Catholic College. Then between 1963 and 1980 he was the headmaster of, in turn, four of the Province’s schools: the Campion School in Hornchurch; St Ignatius Stamford Hill, moving with the College to Enfield in 1967; Preston Catholic College; and finally Wimbledon College In 1980 he became the Provincial’s Assistant for Education, a post he held for six years. In 1984 he was appointed as Master of Campion Hall in Oxford. Following a sabbatical in 1988 he worked as editor of Chaplains’ Weekly and assistant editor of The Month. During these years he was developing an interest in art and painting, and deepened this further during a spell as parish priest of St Francis of Assisi in Barbados between 1995 and 1997. Three years in Zimbabwe came next, as librarian at Arrupe College, and then serving on the staff at the cathedral in Harare. In 2000 he returned to Britain. After a short period in Farm Street he moved to Boscombe as minister, later working in the parish. His last years were spent in the health care facility at Corpus Christi.
Peter died peacefully on Monday 23rd July 2018 in the Corpus Christi community in Boscombe. He had been unwell for some time. His brothers Paul and Mark (who are both also Jesuits) had been with him during his last days.
Peter was 93 years old, and had been a Jesuit for 76 years.