Thomas Stephens - an English Jesuit in India

Michael Barnes SJ
Michael Barnes SJ

After a brief sabbatical break in India in August Michael Barnes will be giving a lecture in the Parish Hall in Wimbledon on Wednesday October 23rd at 7.30pm. Michael spent some time in Goa, looking at the sites associated with the early missions of the Society and researching the life and writing of Thomas Stephens SJ - the first English Jesuit in India (1549-1619). Stephens, a native of Bushton in Wiltshire, died just 400 years ago. He lived and worked as a missionary in the villages south of Goa for some forty years.  A brilliant linguist and accomplished poet, his greatest work is the Kristapurana, a version of the Old and New Testaments written in classical Hindu epic form. Today he is regarded by many as the father of Marathi Christian literature. This lecture will celebrate the memory of a remarkable English Jesuit.