Jesuit

I’m Brendan Callaghan, currently Superior of the Manchester Jesuit community which looks after the Manchester Universities' Catholic chaplaincy.  Before that I was Novice Master for “the Four Provinces” (Britain, Ireland, Flanders, and the Netherlands) from 2014-2017. From 1980 to 2013 I was working at Heythrop College and Campion Hall, the two University Colleges run by the Jesuits in the Universities of London and Oxford respectively, teaching psychology of religion and holding...
My name is Gerard Gallen, S.J.  I joined the Jesuits in 1991. I first encountered the Jesuits at Craighead Retreat Centre near Glasgow. The first Jesuit I met was Fr. Michael Kyne (R.I.P.) and he introduced me to St. Ignatius who introduced me to a new way of praying, enabling me to feel closer to Christ. I have been and remain inspired by so many fellow Jesuits living varied lives with a unique spirit.My missions have included chaplain/teacher at Wimbledon College and St. Aloysius...
Bernard Vaughan was born in 1847 to a prominent recusant family in Herefordshire.  Five of his eight brothers were also ordained, including Herbert Vaughan, later Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster.  At Stonyhurst he developed a talent for acting, and became a Jesuit in 1866.  He spent 20 years at Holy Name Church in Manchester serving in a number of roles and significantly beautifying the church.  In 1895 he gained fame through delivering a series of popular but...
Ricardo was born in Coimbra, Portugal.  Later, he immigrated to South Africa with his mother where he has resided most of his life; except for a recent five-year hiatus in the U.K.  He attended The Hill High School, in the south of Johannesburg, and went to work full-time immediately after finishing high school.Whilst working in sales and marketing he studied part-time for a Diploma in Public Relations and Communications at Birnam Business College and then started a B.A. in...
I grew up in the Liverpool Jesuit parish of St Francis Xavier in the 1950s and 60s. My father was a joiner who worked for the famous shipbuilding company of Camell Laird and my mother worked for the John Lewis partnership. They both came from large families but I had only one sister who was to become a crown prosecutor. The 1960s was an exciting time for young people when Liverpool was the centre of the musical world and I regularly attended the Cavern Club, home of the Beatles.In 1965, at the...
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...

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