Jesuit Brother

Fr Simon Bishop SJ reads St Alphonsus Rodriguez SJ, a poem by Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ.HONOUR is flashed off exploit, so we say;And those strokes once that gashed flesh or galled shieldShould tongue that time now, trumpet now that field,And, on the fighter, forge his glorious day.On Christ they do and on the martyr may; But be the war within, the brand we wieldUnseen, the heroic breast not outward-steeled,Earth hears no hurtle then from fiercest fray.Yet God (that hews mountain...
Ralph Ashley is first recorded working as a cook at the college in Douai. On 28th April 1590, he left for the English College, Valladolid, and became a Jesuit lay-brother. In 1598, he returned to England to serve Father Edward Oldcorne SJ. Eight years later in the aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, he and Oldcorne were arrested at Hindlip Hall near Worcester and committed to the Tower of London. Ashley patiently and constantly endured all the tortures inflicted on him without revealing any person...
The Year of the Horse, which began on Sunday, is being celebrated in China with an exhibition of paintings by Giuseppe Castiglione, a Jesuit brother and painter who worked at the court of Emperor Qianlong for 51 years, and a film about his life. Br Castiglione, who was born in Milan in 1688 and died in Beijing in 1766, painted pictures of emperors, concubines and especially horses. His work is treasured in the museums of the Imperial Palace in Taipei and Beijing. To mark the Year of the...