Jesuit

Edward Oldcorne was born in York in 1561.  Among his school friends were John and Christopher Wright and Guy Fawkes. He attended the English College at Reims. After ordination in Rome in 1587, he became a Jesuit in 1588.  He returned to England with John Gerard, and carried out clandestine ministry in the West Midlands for 17 years. He often stayed at Hindlip Hall which was adapted by Nicholas Owen to include a number of priest holes.  In 1601 Oldcorne made a...
My name is Matthew Charlesworth SJ and I'm a Jesuit in South Africa.Although still "in Formation" my work has taken me to several places and to some fairly varying roles: I did my Novitiate in England - during which time I spent brief periods in Ireland, Scotland, Spain and the Netherlands. In a splendid twist of divine irony, my first mission after first vows was to a Dominican Convent (not a Jesuit College) in Johannesburg, South Africa teaching English before journeying to...
Paul became a Jesuit in 1987. Alongside his Jesuit training  he trained as a medical doctor.  Paul spent 3 years in Guyana but after his tertianship he returned to the UK.  Paul now works as a GP at the Mary Hickey clinic for street homeless within the Cardinal Hume Centre. He is Director of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre. Paul is also a regular contributor to the province blog "Ignatian Insight" where you can read some of his homilies and stories of the way...
I describe myself not so much as a late vocation, but an extra-time one! I joined the Jesuit Novitiate in 2008 aged fifty one, as a brother, after a process which had to be approved by the Father-General of the Order in Rome. Before this I worked with the local council, worked with heavy goods transport, and served in the Royal Marines. Lapsed for many years, I drifted back to church after a series of illnesses. On my journey, I encountered the Jesuits on a prayer guide course, while...
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...
Thomas Stephens was born in Wiltshire around 1550, becoming a Catholic after studies in Oxford.  He travelled to Rome and became a Jesuit in 1575.  He was missioned to Goa in Portuguese India by Fr General Everard Mercurian where he arrived in 1579, possibly the first Englishman to set foot in India.  He served as parish priest and Superior in Salcete, Goa until his death in 1619.  He is best remembered for his linguistic and literary scholarship.  Known as the Father...
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...
Gerard Manley Hopkins was born on 28 July 1844 in East London. He attended Cholmeley Grammar School, Highgate, showing a gift for art, literature and music from his early years.  While a student at Balliol College, Oxford, he was received into the Catholic Church by John Henry Newman. He entered the Jesuit novitiate at Roehampton in September 1868. Ordained in 1877, he became a teacher at Mount St Mary’s, Chesterfield.  His work as a minister and teacher took him to London,...
I am Fr Michael Beattie and I have been a member of the British Province of the Society of Jesus for almost sixty years.Most of my active life has been spent as the parish priest, in charge of St George’s Worcester, The Sacred Heart Wimbledon, Farm Street Church, The Sacred Heart  Edinburgh and Corpus Christi Boscombe, Bournemouth. For 27 years I was very active as the National Secretary of the Apostleship of Prayer which occupation took me into parishes  the length and breadth of the...
Before joining the Jesuits I read English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds. There I became involved with the Catholic Chaplaincy where my Faith was nourished by retreats, visits to Taizé and the Student Cross pilgrimage to Walsingham.After university I gave up the opportunity for further study to make a greater commitment to the Gospel. I worked for several years as a full time volunteer, first with the homeless in Glasgow and later with adults with learning disabilities in...

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