Dermot Preston SJ

This weekend St Aloysius Jesuit parish in Glasgow will play host to the BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship for Palm Sunday which airs at 8.10am.The service will be accompanied by the St Aloysius College Schola Cantorem directed by Ann Archibald, with Hugh Reid on the organ. The preacher is parish priest Fr Dermot Preston SJ.  Scripture will be read by parishioners.The city centre church is a regular in the BBC schedules.  In May last year the parish offered music and meditation on the Acts of...
St Aloysius Church Glasgow
The Jesuit Church of St Aloysius in Glasgow has been awarded grants by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland of £420,000 to undertake urgent repairs to its landmark tower. The 150 ft tower, topped with a gold cross, has dominated the Garnethill area of the city for over a hundred years. But there are structural defects which have caused rain water to leak into the church, damaging plasterwork.The grants will enable work to start in the summer to make the building...
Musicians
The 2019 annual St Aloysius parish volunteers’ thanksgiving party fell on Burns night last week.This was a great excuse for the Glasgow Jesuit community and parishioners to consume the traditional haggis and neeps along with a tot of whisky; and also gave extra energy to the generous talent sharing in music, song and dance by those assembled in good fellowship.The party coincided with the annual visitation to Scotland of the provincial of the Jesuits in Britain Fr Damian Howard SJ.  Fr...
School of art on fire Credit Jeff J Mitchell
Buildings project personalities – whether it be that of Shah Jahan for the Taj Mahal, Michelangelo for St Peter’s in Rome or Joseph Stalin in Moscow. Buildings also incarnate ideas, fears, hopes and dreams.When the flames of destruction touched the Rennie Mackintosh building, it unleashed a powerful destructive force in Garnethill; but it also unlocked a complex ripple of emotions, both locally and across the globe, because the building projects a personality;  it was not just an assembly...
map of Guyana
Between the sixteenth and the twentieth centuries the Society of Jesus, like many other Catholic missionary orders, utilised the routes established by explorers, traders and imperial administrators as they moved across the globe. One result was that Jesuit provinces in Europe (and later in North America and Australia) tended to be given responsibility from Rome for providing manpower and resources for particular ’missions’ where access was made possible because of political fault-lines across...
Robert Emms as John Gerard SJ and Peter Mullan as Henry Garnet SJ, BBC iPlayer
By the time she died in 1603, Queen Elizabeth’s succession had been planned carefully by Robert Cecil and the Queen’s Council.  As Elizabeth had no heir and many remembered the years of confusion over the succession after the death of Henry VIII, Cecil was convinced that stability was best achieved by paving the way for King James VI of Scotland, a great-grandson of Henry’s sister Margaret, to succeed to the English throne. On Cecil’s secret advice, James VI cultivated the elderly...
Fr Damian Howard SJ (left) and Fr Dermot Preston SJ
Sometimes life feels like a revolving door, and 31 August 2017 was a day of farewells and welcomes in the Jesuit Curia in London.  At an evening Mass, Jesuits from the London houses prayed in thanksgiving for the outgoing provincial, Fr Dermot Preston SJ.  The new provincial, Fr Damian Howard SJ preached in appreciation of Dermot’s careful stewardship of the province over the last six years. Reflecting on the gospel, Damian said, “Leadership in Christ’s Church is rarely an affair of...
Bernard Hall SJ shares memories at Leo Arnold's funeral mass
Fr Provincial Dermot Preston SJ has just returned from the funeral of Leo Arnold SJ.  In the last year Leo had been living in the Peter Canisius retirement community close to the Jesuit Curia, but for much of his apostolic life he had been based at the Biblicum in Rome. Leo was an Arabic scholar and in the early 60’s was assigned to Beirut; but in the mid-70s, with the onset of the civil war in Lebanon, he was re-missioned to Rome. Leo was a frequent summer visitor back to the UK doing...
Fr Damian Howard SJ
Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, the General Superior of the Society of Jesus has appointed Fr DAMIAN HOWARD SJ as the next Provincial Superior of the Jesuit British Province. Fr Howard will take up this post on 1st September this year. He replaces Fr Dermot Preston SJ, who has been Provincial Superior since 2011.Fr Howard was born in Redhill, Surrey, in 1967, and was educated at Trinity School in Croydon. He went on to read music and divinity at Trinity College, Cambridge, and then joined the Jesuit...
Fr Michael Garanzini SJ addresses the province meeting
The Jesuits in Britain held their annual Province Meeting this week.  The meeting of all Jesuits in the British Province got underway on Tuesday evening at the Christian Conference Trust centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire.150 delegates include Jesuits of the British province and Jesuit observers from the provinces of the North West  European  Assistancy, and speakers from the United States and Rome.Twenty two lay co-workers also attended including, for the first time, several head...

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