St Francis Xavier's College

September is the start of the new academic year as children all over the country head back to school. The Society of Jesus is recognised throughout the world for its work in establishing and running schools, colleges and universities. This blog post gives a brief overview of some of the collections of school records held here at the Jesuits in Britain Archives and, in particular, the records of Mount St Mary’s College, which is celebrating the 175th anniversary of its establishment this...
Archbishop Paul Gallagher
A senior Vatican prelate who was educated by the Jesuits in Liverpool has called for Jerusalem to be given “special status on an international level”, saying that interreligious dialogue and education are crucial for peaceful co-existence in the region.Archbishop Paul Gallagher, who is now Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State, was a student at St Francis Xavier’s College in Woolton, Liverpool, which was founded by the Society of...
Sean Bean will play Fr Michael Kerrigan in the BBC drama 'Broken': flickr/Public Domain
Filming has begun on a new BBC drama series entitled Broken, which has been written by Jesuit alumnus, Jimmy McGovern, and stars Sean Bean and Anna Friel. Centred around a Catholic priest in a Northern urban parish, the Church of St Francis Xavier in Liverpool is being used as a location for the six-part series which is due to be shown on BBC One after Christmas.Jimmy McGovern was brought up five minutes’ walk away from Saint Francis Xavier’s Church (SFX) and went to SFX infants and...
The memorial to Gabriel Coury is unveiled in Sefton Park, Liverpool. Credit: Christian Smith
A First World War Jesuit alumnus has been honoured in Liverpool, 100 years after being awarded the Victoria Cross.Gabriel Coury was born on 13 June 1896 in Liverpool to an Armenian father and French mother. He was taught by the Jesuits at St Francis Xavier’s College in Liverpool and subsequently at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire (1907 to 1913). On leaving Stonyhurst, he worked as an apprentice in a cotton brokerage and when the war broke out in 1914, he volunteered to join Kitchener...