William Hewett SJ
Billy joined the Jesuits in 1950 at the age of 18. He was ordained in 1965. Since the 1970s Billy’s main work has been the adaptation of Ignatian spirituality to contemporary needs and methods of communication. He has produced many resources; a DVD of a BBC television series of the life of St Ignatius; CDs using the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins; songs following the pattern of the Spiritual Exercises; Anthony de Mello’s techniques for centring prayer; St Ignatius’ story and songs to evoke our own experiences and potential for finding God in all things.
Billy's resources are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
He has broadcast on radio in Australia and Canada as well as the BBC
He is a member of our retirement community in Boscombe, Dorset.
Billy died in his sleep on Sunday 17th Feb in Poole Hospital where he was recovering from a fall. He was 86 years old, and was in his 69th year of religious life.
Billy was born in Taiping in Malaya on 7th August 1932. He was educated at Stonyhurst, and joined the novitiate at Roehampton at the age of 18 in 1950. After a juniorate at Roehampton, his philosophy and theology studies were both completed at Heythrop in Oxfordshire. Between these he studied for a teaching diploma at Roehampton, took an MA in history at Campion Hall in Oxford, and taught for two years’ regency in Stonyhurst. He was ordained at the Sacred Heart church in Wimbledon on 1st August 1965, and after a fourth year of theology made his tertianship at St Beuno’s under Paul Kennedy. After tertianship he taught for a year at Mount St Mary’s, and then returned to Stonyhurst as teacher and later chaplain for eight years. In 1975 he joined the Way Community at Southwell House, as a writer and a director of the Spiritual Exercises, and then in 1983 he established the Inigo Centre. This moved to Campion House Osterley in 1987 (as “Inigo Enterprises”). In 1996 he moved to Campion Hall in Oxford where, after a brief spell as Bursar, he continued to direct Inigo Enterprises until 2013. In that year he retired to Corpus Christi, Boscombe.