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Fr Rory Geoghegan has lived as a Jesuit in various pastoral roles of priestly ministry for over sixty years and is currently engaged in retreat works and sculpture as part of his ministry at St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre, North Wales.Born in Shipley in 1931, Rory joined the Jesuits in 1949 and was ordained in 1962.  He later studied at Oxford Tech and Sunderland College of Art (1964-68) before returning to chaplaincy work in Bristol where he was also engaged as a sculpture...
Fr Paolo Bizetti SJ
Before Italian Jesuit, Fr Paolo Bizetti, takes up his Vatican appointment as apostolic vicar of Anatolia in Turkey next year, he admits that he needs to learn the language.In a recent interview with Vatican Radio he said, “I am going with much humility because I am not young, I must learn the language. I’m going at the beginning of the jubilee Year of Mercy and I ask everyone to be merciful toward me as to bring them the mercy of God.”This Jesuit’s appointment follows the tragic murder of...
English language summer school participants with Fr James Hanvey SJ
Fifteen Jesuits from twelve different countries participated in this years Jesuit English Language Summer School (ELSS) at Campion Hall, Oxford, an annual course organized by the British Province for Jesuits who want to improve their English skills. The four week long course was offered at the pre-intermediate, intermediate and advanced level.The ELSS is much more than a month of just learning English. The students are given the opportunity to get to know the British Jesuit province and have a...
St Andrew Bobola was born in 1591 in the Palatinate of Sandomir and entered the Society of Jesus in 1611. After his ordination in 1622, he first served at Vilna as a preacher and director of the Sodality. From 1636 he worked as a travelling missionary and, at a time when the Church was subject to fierce persecution, strengthened a great number of Catholics in the faith. In 1657 he fell into the hands of Cossacks and after being subjected to savage torture, he died a martyr’s death in the town...
Excerpt From The Homily Preached By Pope Piux XI At The Canonisation Of St Andrew Bobola SJ
The life of St. Andrew  Bobola, S.J., (1591-1657)According to modern hagiography, Andrew Bobola, S.J., did not differ much from other priests or his fellow Jesuits in terms either of pursuing holiness in his daily life or of his missionary zeal. The argument for that is that there was a silence and nobody would remember much about him for 50 years after his death, which happened in 1657.  The history of devotion to him started in 1702, when the martyr appeared in the visions of the...
We aren’t sure when Francis Page was born, but we do know that he was born to a well-to-do English family living in Antwerp. He fell in love with the daughter of a Catholic lawyer for who he served as a clerk and became a Catholic in order to win over the family. He met the Jesuit Fr John Gerard who became an informal spiritual director to him, eventually encouraging Francis to go to the continent for his priestly formation at the English College at Rheims. He was ordained in 1600 and left for...
Blessed Francis Page (Date of birth uncertain, 1602) became a Catholic in order to win the hand of the woman he wanted to marry, but discovered a call to become a priest as he learned more about the Catholic religion. He was arrested before he could enter the novitiate, but he took Jesuit vows shortly before his execution.Born in Antwerp of well-to-do English parents, Page returned to England to study law. He fell in love with the daughter of the Catholic lawyer for whom he served as a clerk,...
St Nicholas Owen was born in 1562 in Oxford into a devout recusant family, and trained as a carpenter and joiner.  As a Jesuit lay brother he became the servant of Henry Garnet SJ, the Superior of the English mission, in 1588 -  a time when the penalty for Catholic priests discovered in England was torture and death.  His carpentry skills were put to use in building priest holes or hiding places in the houses of Catholics all over the country.  Known as “Little Jo...
Stained glass window of St Nicholas kneeling before an image of Our Lady
St Nicholas Owen was born in 1562 in Oxford into a devout recusant family, and trained as a carpenter and joiner.  As a Jesuit lay brother he became the servant of Henry Garnet SJ, the Superior of the English mission, in 1588 -  a time when the penalty for Catholic priests discovered in England was torture and death.  His carpentry skills were put to use in building priest holes or hiding places in the houses of Catholics all over the country.  Known as “Little Jo hn...
John Luck was born 9 January 1867 in Aldershot where his father Richard was a boot maker. He entered the Society in September 1888. Throughout his life Luck kept up regular correspondence with his parents and five sisters: Lizzie, Lucy, Maggie, Emma and May, and latterly his niece, Mildred. Through his letters, which are unfailingly upbeat and streaked with humour, we catch a glimpse of a man who is always willing to provide advice to his sisters and throw himself whole-heartedly into any task....

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