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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....
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 John”, (...
As a young philosophy student in Innsbruck, Austria, in the late 1960s, I went through a period of quite strong anti-Catholic, anti-religion sentiment.  My thoughts were rather confused about God and our place in the universe.  But some time in my second year, I realised that philosophy wasn't going to give me the answer to anything.  In Munich I found a church called the Church of the Burgersaal; in that church is a crypt, and in the crypt there is a tomb, and in the tomb lies a...
My life with the Jesuits began when I was despatched to a Jesuit boarding school, Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, at the age of nine in austere post-war years. I remained there for eight years, leaving with a State Scholarship in 1955. In those days, there was an immense Jesuit presence in the college and a strong religious atmosphere. This atmosphere contributed to my priestly vocation.Three years at the University of Manchester followed. Then with my Classics degree, I entered the Jesuit...
This is the eleventh reflection commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. A reflection on the life of Blessed Rupert Mayer.The Community of Taizé sing “The Kingdom of God is justice and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Come, Lord, and open in us the gates of your kingdom.”Rupert Mayer was born in 1876 and became a Jesuit in 1900. He was known as ‘The Apostle of Munich’. In the First World War, he was an Army Chaplain working...
James Quinn SJ was born in Glasgow in 1919 and educated at St Aloysius College, before studying Classics at Glasgow University.  He entered the novitiate in 1939 and was ordained in 1950.  He taught classics at Preston College and Wimbledon College.  He moved back to Scotland in 1955 and remained in ministry there until his death in 2010, apart from a four year secondment as spiritual father of Beda College in Rome.  Fr Quinn was especially known for promoting ecumenism...
Robert Bellarmine was born in 1542 and studied at the Universities of Padua and Leuven where he was the first Jesuit to teach: the subject of his course was the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas. He was made rector of the Roman College (later renamed the Pontifical Gregorian University) by Pope Clement VIII in 1592 and was appointed Cardinal in 1599.As bishop, Bellarmine put into effect the reforming decrees of the Council of Trent and was considered a possible candidate for the papacy in the...
A Spanish Jesuit missionary priest who devoted his apostolic life ministering to African slaves in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), one of the ports in South America used for slave trading. The slaves were hunted as an animal, mostly in Congo and Angola, and then sold or bartered for goods. After crossing the Atlantic from West Africa under conditions so foul that an estimated one-third died in transit, they were marketed in Cartagena to work in the gold and silver mines.Peter Claver was deeply...
James Hanvey joined the Jesuits in 1975 and was ordained in 1983. He began work for his doctorate in Trinitarian Theology in 1985 under the supervision of Rowan Williams.  He was Headmaster of St Aloysius’ College Glasgow.  He went on to be visiting scholar at Weston Jesuit Theological School, Cambridge Mass USA and returned to be head of Theology at Heythrop College. In 2004 Dr. Hanvey helped to found The Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics and Public Life and became its director...

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