St Aloysius Church

Fr Tim Curtis SJ and John Browne with the organ crowns
On Monday Fr Tim Curtis SJ, parish priest of St Aloysius Glasgow, and John Browne, head teacher of St Aloysius College, helped with the final stages of the installation of the new organ for St Aloysius Church.  In a “topping out” ceremony they each installed one of the two crowns which grace the summit of the organ. The organ, a “Cavillé-Coll”, built by Van den Heuvel of Amsterdam was built for the Duke’s Hall of the Royal Academy of Music in London. It has since been returned to...
In partnership with St Aloysius College, the parish of St Aloysius in Garnet Hill is about to take delivery of a new organ.  The organ, a “Cavillé-Coll”, built by Van den Heuvel of Amsterdam was built for the Duke’s Hall of the Royal Academy of Music in London. It has since been returned to Amsterdam where it has been completely refurbished.The current organ in the church was acquired in 1910 from a Presbyterian church that was scheduled for closure. It is believed that the parish paid the...
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...
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...
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...
A new work by the renowned Scottish composer, James MacMillan CBE, will be performed for the first time as part of the Ogilvie 400 celebrations in Glasgow.  The Ave Verum has been specially commissioned to mark the 400 years since St John Ogilvie SJ was martyred at Glasgow Cross on 10 March 1615. It will be included in Mass at St Aloysius Church on Sunday 8 March, at which 66 pupils from six Junior Schools will join together to sing the Mass setting dedicated to St Aloysius Gonzaga SJ.“The...
St Aloysius parish in Glasgow is one of three which has been granted Jubilee Year status by the Vatican. The decree has been issued in honour of the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie, the Jesuit priest executed at Glasgow Cross on 10 March 1615.St Aloysius Church in Garnethill is the site of the National Shrine to St John Ogilvie (left), erected in 1933, four years after his beatification. The other two parishes honoured are Saint Jude and Saint John Ogilvie’s Barlanark, the...
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 celebrate ecumencial solemn Vespers at St Aloysius Church in Glasgow on the evening on Monday 9th March at 7pm, and he will attend a special Mass in St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow on Tuesday 10th,...
10 March 2015 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Scotland's only Catholic reformation martyr, St John Ogilvie SJ. Among the events to mark the event, the Catholic Truth Society has published a pamphlet about him, sub-titled A Jesuit in Disguise.Born in Banffshire, Scotland, of noble parentage, John Ogilvie was raised in the Calvinist tradition and was sent abroad to be educated. During a period of spiritual contemplation, he converted to Catholicism and was ordained a Jesuit priest....
The bells of St Aloysius Church in Glasgow have been rung for the first time in almost 50 years. The extraordinary campanological event was to mark the opening of the Commonwealth Games in the city. All of the churches in Glasgow had been asked to ring their bells at 2014hrs (8.14pm) on Wednesday 22 July to mark the opening of the ‘Friendly’ Games.  “This was a challenge for us as our bells were last rung in the 1960s,” says parish priest Fr Tim Curtis SJ. “...

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