Gerard Hughes SJ honoured with inaugural prizes

Jesuit philosopher Fr Gerard J. Hughes SJ has been honoured for his contribution to the teaching of philosophy through the awarding of inaugural prizes in his name this autumn at St Aloysius’ College in Glasgow and St Michael’s Catholic High School in Watford.

For the next ten years, a sixth-form student in each school will be awarded with a cash bursary and a copy, signed by Fr Gerry, of Great Thinkers on Great Questions, a compendium of philosophical arguments to which he contributed. The prizes will be awarded each year to sixth-formers nominated by the head teachers of the schools on the basis of their participation in the study of philosophy, ethics and religious studies.

The benefactor who donated the funds for the prize said: “I have always thought that Fr Gerry Hughes lived out the Ignatian ideals to a very high standard and I wanted to mark his lifetime achievement, especially on behalf of all those who have studied under him.”

Fr Gerry, a former Head of Philosophy at Heythrop College, has spoken on a number of occasions to sixth-form students of philosophy and ethics at St Michael’s. Fr Michael Holman SJ, a former Principal of Heythrop, attended the school’s annual celebration of achievement on Wednesday 7th November to present its first winner, Edmundo Seiros-Silva, with the award.

In September, Matthew McGuire had been selected as the first recipient at St Aloysius’ College, Fr Gerry’s old school, and was given his prize by Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Gerry J. Hughes was Master of Campion Hall, University of Oxford, from 1998-2006, and is the author of books including Is God to Blame? and Fidelity without Fundamentalism.