Robert Styles SJ

Robert Styles SJ

Bob Styles SJ was born in 1936, and became a Catholic after his National Service 1955-7.  He made a pilgrimage through the shrines of France after his National Service, ending up in Lourdes in 1958, in whose baths he experienced his call to become a Jesuit.

As a recent convert to Catholicism he received a special dispensation from the Jesuit Superior General to enter the noviciate in 1959.

During his regency and after his training taught in Stonyhurst College where he spent fifteen years in all, ending as Deputy Headmaster.  He became  a university Chaplain in London and Manchester and served on the Stonyhurst Board of Governors. 

After a short stint of retreat work at Loyola Hall in Rainhill, he was asked to establish a Catholic chaplaincy in the newly established University of Central England in Birmingham. During this time he suffered a double stroke, and during his recovery took care of the parish of Holy Cross, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, during which he was asked by the Area Bishop to take care of the adjoining parish of Most Holy Redeemer in Sawbridgeworth.

He remained living in Much Hadham and taking care of the two parishes for the next eighteen years as an external member of the Farm Street Jesuit community, finally moving to live in the community in September 2015, writing and assisting in the parish.