St John Ogilvie SJ

St John Ogilvie shrine at St Aloysius Church
Apart from Brexit, the biggest story in the newspapers over the last month has been the question: should Shamima Begum be allowed back into the U.K.? Possessed of radical ideas, she left Britain as a teenager; eventually ending up as part of an extremist religious organisation. Now an adult, she wants to come back — but gives little sign of having renounced her radical views. Nearly all commentators agree that, unchecked, she could influence others to follow those dangerous beliefs. The...
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...
Christians in Nagasaki have been celebrating the Jesuits and laity who risked (and often gave) their lives for their faith in 17th century Japan. 17 March was the 150th anniversary of the 'Hidden Christians' of the country revealing themselves to an amazed Dutch missionary in 1865. Pope Francis was represented by Cardinal Orlando B Quevedo, Archbishop of Cotabato in the Philippines. In a letter read out at the celebrations, the Pope asked that Cardinal Quevedo should remember those who gave...
John Ogilvie SJ
On 9 March 2015 an ecumenical vespers was held at St Aloysius church in Glasgow, on the eve of the 400th anniversary of them martyrdom of St John Ogilvie SJ. Fr Dermot Preston gave the homily, that you can listen to below, but in which he read this letter:Dear Fr Preston,My name is Fr John Ogilvie. I understand that you will be preaching this evening as part of the celebrations of my 400 years. I’m sorry not to be there – well, I’m not actually... I’m in a far better place. And the weather is...
The Martyrdom of St John Ogilvie is currently touring Scotland, as part of Lentfest, the Archdiocese of Glasgow Arts Project's arts and music festival. Originally performed in 2012, the production forms part of the celebrations to mark 400 years since the Jesuit saint's death.The play is written by Stephen Callaghan, who also plays the 17th century martyr. He has added a new prologue for the Ogilvie 400 anniverary. In it, people of different faith backgrounds meet at the Shrine of St John...
St Aloysius Church in Glasgow was full to capacity again yesterday evening, on the eve of the Feast of St John Ogilvie SJ.  Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow officiated at Ecumenical Vespers with Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor (representing Pope Francis) and Fr Dermot Preston SJ, the British Jesuit Provincial. In the congregation were John Fagan’s son, John Fagan Jnr and his grandson. John Fagan Senior was a Glasgow docker who was diagnosed with a stomach tumour which was cured...
Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, the former Archbishop of Westminster, has been asked to represent Pope Francis at two special services to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie SJ.  Along with Jesuit Provincial Fr Dermot Preston SJ and Archbishop Tartaglia  he will attend a special Mass in St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow on Tuesday 10th, the feast of St John Ogilvie.Cardinal Murphy O'Connor said: "I feel greatly honoured to be appointed by Pope Francis...
Fagn and Mary Fagan in Rome 1976
Michael McLaughlin reflects on the miracle that contributed to St John Ogilvie SJ being declared a saint in 1976.The first part of the 17th century was a dangerous time to be a Catholic priest in Scotland as, after the Scottish Reformation of 1560, it had become illegal to preach or convert others to Catholicism.  Ogilvie arrived in Glasgow disguised as a horse trader with the names of five lapsed Catholics whom he wished to contact.  But he found himself immersed in a wider circle...
The celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie SJ began on Saturday evening (7 March) with Solemn Vespers at St Aloysius Church in Glasgow (pictured below). 82 students from the five Jesuit senior schools performed Mozart's Vesperae solennes de Dominica (K321), accompanied by a professional orchestra and conducted by Keith Roberts, the Head of Choral Music at St Aloysius College, Glasgow. The homily was preached by Fr James Crampsey SJ.The following day, the...
Senior and junior choirs from ten Jesuit schools joined together this weekend to sing the music for the liturgies in St Aloysius Church, Glasgow, marking the beginning of the celebrations for the Four Hundredth Anniversary of the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie SJ. On Saturday the 7th March, the senior students sang the Mozart Vespers with orchestra in a church full of parishioners and visitors. On Sunday 8th of March, the junior choirs took their turn singing for the Parish Mass; a special Votive...

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