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The Society of Jesus has been part of my life from an early age when, as a child, Jesuit friends of my father used to visit my family.  I attended Stonyhurst College where I was inspired by the strong commitment to social justice which many Jesuit and lay teachers had.  This inspired me to set up a charity after I left school to provide holidays for disabled children.  The Newman Holiday Trust, named after Blessed John Henry Newman, today offers holidays all over the UK.  ...
This city-centre Jesuit Catholic Church serves the Catholics in Glasgow and the West of Scotland and beyond.We seek to deepen the life of all who come here with our emphasis on the vital importance of the spiritual life, outlined in the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. The care of souls, through the sacraments, preaching and works of mercy, gives St Aloysius a unique Jesuit and catholic flavour which makes the church a haven of solace and peace in the midst of the city. Times of...
I am Fr Peter Griffiths and I have been a Jesuit for nearly fifty four years and a priest for nearly forty years. After my ordination, I taught Maths and Science in Wimbledon College for seven years. Then I worked as a parish priest beginning in Boscombe, near Bournemouth where I stayed for five years. Then to the parish at Stamford Hill after that, and then I had a break as Superior of Farm Street with special responsibility for elderly Jesuits. After that, I went to Glasgow and worked as...
St John Ogilvie was born in Scotland in 1579, the son of Sir Walter Ogilvie of Drum-na-Keith, Banffshire, and raised a Calvinist. He was sent abroad to further his education and was converted to the Catholic faith.   He entered the Jesuit novitiate in Vienna in 1599 and was ordained in Paris in 1610. After a spell teaching in Rouen, he was allowed to return as a missionary to Scotland where he arrived disguised as a horse dealer in 1613.   Within a year he was betrayed...
I have been working in the field of Ignatian spirituality since 1978, shortly after ordination, in most of the retreat or spirituality centres of the Jesuits in Britain. My final formation year as a Jesuit was spent in an international group in Japan and the Philippines. In that year I was drawn to the shared insights of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and Zen practice. I found it an enriching time which opened my own spiritual horizons in a significant and inclusive way. Since that time I...
On 10 March, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of St John Ogilvie SJ, Scotland’s only post-Reformation Jesuit martyr. Ogilvie was born in 1579, the son of a respected Calvinist family, and converted to Catholicism after receiving his education from the Benedictines and the Jesuits. He entered the Society of Jesus at the age of 29 and was ordained priest two years later.After ordination Ogilvie served in France, but he was keen to be sent to Scotland to minister to the few Roman...
The 2014 Gonzaga Lectures at St Aloysius’ College in Glasgow will provide four reflections on Pope Francis’ Address to the Nuncios under the heading: Pastors Not Princes. Speakers will be drawn from religious life and academia, from politics and the hierarchy, in the lectures on Tuesday evenings through March. They will consider the impact that Pope Francis has had upon the Church and more widely since his election last March. The first lecture (on Tuesday 4 March) – by author...
Barbra Kolasinski, an artistic OA who is completing a Master’s degree in Fashion Design and Technology has been selected to present a fashion collection at Graduate Fashion Week in London and has highlighted the role St Aloysius' College played in finding her true calling.Barbra graduated from St Aloysius’ College in 2007 and went on to pursue her passion for creative design by applying to study Fashion at the Edinburgh College of Art and then Fashion Design and Technology at...
St Aloysius’ College was founded by the Society of Jesus in September 1859, with the aim of educating Catholic boys in and around Glasgow. In addition to its original 19th century buildings, the College’s Garnethill campus now includes a state-of-the-art Junior School and the Clavius building for Maths, Science and Technology. In 1979, St Aloysius’ College became a fully independent school for boys and girls, aged 3 to 18. As a Jesuit school, it shares in a tradition of educational excellence...

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