martyr

Oscar Romero street art
            Julian Filochowski, Chair of The Romero Trust, reminds us why there will be so many celebrations this year to mark the centenary of the birth of a modern martyr on 15 August.  This article first appered in Jesuits and Friends magazine issue 97.This Romero Centenary Year is a time to remember and to cherish the life, ministry and martyrdom of a valiant and prophetic contemporary pastor. As we wait confidently for the...
The National Shrine to St John Ogilvie in St Aloysius Church, Glasgow
The Knights of St Columba in Scotland are pressing ahead with their campaign to mark the spot where St John Ogilvie SJ was executed in 1615 with a permanent memorial erected at Glasgow Cross in his honour. The announcement was made to coincide with the Feast of St John Ogilvie on 10 March.St John Ogilvie is officially recognised as Scotland's only Catholic martyr. As a Jesuit priest, he preached at a time when being a Catholic was outlawed. While Catholicism was not necessarily punishable by...
Final preparations are underway in El Salvador for the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Among the British representatives who will be at the ceremony of Saturday will be Julian Filochowski, the Chair of the Oscar Romero Trust, and the curator of Stonyhurst College, Jan Graffius. The Jesuit parish of the Immaculate Conception (Farm Street) in London will be celebrating the occasion at the weekend, when it receives a relic of the newly beatified Archbishop. Part of the vestments...
The trial of one of English Catholicism's most famous martyrs is to be considered by a retired High Court Judge. Sir Michael Tugendhat (below) will be addressing the judicial events of 1581 which led to the execution of St Edmund Campion SJ in the context of human rights. He will be delivering the 14th Tyburn Lecture in London on Tuesday 12 May at Tyburn Convent, close to the site of Campion’s martyrdom.St Edmund Campion was described as “one of the diamonds of England” by Lord Burghley, the...
St Nicholas Owen was born in 1562 in Oxford into a devout recusant family, and trained as a carpenter and joiner.  As a Jesuit lay brother he became the servant of Henry Garnet SJ, the Superior of the English mission, in 1588 -  a time when the penalty for Catholic priests discovered in England was torture and death.  His carpentry skills were put to use in building priest holes or hiding places in the houses of Catholics all over the country.  Known as “Little Jo...
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...
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...
The Martyrdom of Saint John Ogilvie, written and directed by Stephen Callaghan, will be performed at the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow, as part of the 400th anniversary of the Jesuit saint's martyrdom in 1615. Following the musical and liturgical celebrations at St Aloysius Church, Garnethill and St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow, it will be performed at the Scottish Youth Theatre, Old Sherriff Court Building, Brunswick Street, Glasgow on Thursday and Friday 12 and 13 March (7.30pm). It will...

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