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St Ogilvie's statue at the National Shrine in Glasgow. Copyright: 2015 Jesuit Institute London
St John Ogilvie is finally to be given a public memorial more than 400 years after he was hanged at Glasgow Cross. A plaque telling his story will be unveiled on the martyred saint’s feast day on 10th March, and will be the first in a series forming a new Glasgow City Council City Heritage Trail.The news arrives on time for today's special remembrance, as on this date in 1976 the martyr was canonised by Pope Paul VI.An anonymous benefactor is ready to make a substantial donation that will help...
Trees For Life group, out in the hills
Peter Randall SJ (member of the parish team at St Wilfrid’s Preston), along with a group of nine others, recently participated in a tree planting initiative with Trees For Life at Invermoriston on the west coast of Loch Ness in Scotland.In efforts to bring into fruition Pope Francis’ instructions in his encyclical Laudato Si’, Jesuits across the UK have come up with ways to be greener. Pope Francis sees climate change as a threat to humanity and creation.In a bid to get the Caledonian...
David Neuhaus SJ
    Bishops’ Conference of Scotland Committee for Inter-religious Dialogue in partnership with the Conforti InstituteA Colloquium on JudaismAn opportunity to reflect on and deepen our understanding of Judaism.The colloquium will be led by Fr. David Neuhaus SJ, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Hebrew speaking Catholics in Israel and Pastoral Coordinator for migrants.He will introduce us to topics such as:Why the LandThe Land and the BibleThe Land in Contemporary Judaism and...
Ignacio the movie promo banner
This film is a thrilling look at the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, with Spanish actor Andreas Muñoz in the lead role. Bringing to life the man behind the legend, the film follows his transformation from a brash, impulsive youth obsessed with women and sword-fighting to the masterful, charismatic leader of an order that would change the face of Christendom forever.The film (which is in English) was produced by the Jesuit Communications Foundation of the...
The National Shrine to St John Ogilvie in St Aloysius Church, Glasgow
The Knights of St Columba in Scotland are pressing ahead with their campaign to mark the spot where St John Ogilvie SJ was executed in 1615 with a permanent memorial erected at Glasgow Cross in his honour. The announcement was made to coincide with the Feast of St John Ogilvie on 10 March.St John Ogilvie is officially recognised as Scotland's only Catholic martyr. As a Jesuit priest, he preached at a time when being a Catholic was outlawed. While Catholicism was not necessarily punishable by...
The painting of a Jesuit saint is revealed during restoration
A painting thought to be of St Francis Xavier SJ – and believed to have been lost almost 250 years ago – has been rediscovered at the Royal Scots College, Salamanca in Spain.When the Scots Parliament outlawed Catholicism in Scotland in 1560, seminaries were founded at Tournay, Rome, Paris and Madrid to ensure a supply of priests for the Scottish Mission. The Tournay seminary later moved to Douay and the college in Madrid was entrusted to the Jesuits. In 1771, having failed to produce very many...
A South Uist Skyline
‘The Western Isles’ – the very name of the string of islands that runs north to south 70 miles off the coast of mainland Scotland evokes a sense of yearnings met and of journeys’ end. Seeing them from the east at the setting of the sun, you can easily understand how they have accrued a mythic status, evoked for instance in the Grey Havens of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, a last resting place, a place of peace.I am on South Uist, the most northern of the traditionally Catholic islands (26...
John Ogilvie SJ was born of noble Calvinist parents in 1579 at Drumna-Keith in Banffshire, Scotland. As a boy he was sent to the continent to further his education. With the help of Father Cornelius van den Steen (also known as Cornelius a Lapide) he was received into the Catholic Church, and was a student at the Scots College in Louvain and at other centres of learning. He entered the Society of Jesus on November 5 1599, and after insistent pleading, he was allowed to return to his native...
The Martyrdom of Saint John Ogilvie, written and directed by Stephen Callaghan, will be performed at the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow, as part of the 400th anniversary of the Jesuit saint's martyrdom in 1615. Following the musical and liturgical celebrations at St Aloysius Church, Garnethill and St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow, it will be performed at the Scottish Youth Theatre, Old Sherriff Court Building, Brunswick Street, Glasgow on Thursday and Friday 12 and 13 March (7.30pm). It will...
10 March 2015 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Scotland's only Catholic reformation martyr, St John Ogilvie SJ. Among the events to mark the event, the Catholic Truth Society has published a pamphlet about him, sub-titled A Jesuit in Disguise.Born in Banffshire, Scotland, of noble parentage, John Ogilvie was raised in the Calvinist tradition and was sent abroad to be educated. During a period of spiritual contemplation, he converted to Catholicism and was ordained a Jesuit priest....

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