Francis 'Joe' Laishley SJ
Joe was born in Portsmouth, and after education at St Francis Xavier’s in Liverpool and at Portsmouth Grammar School, entered the novitiate in Harlaxton in 1951 at the age of 18. Between philosophy and theology (both at Heythrop in Oxfordshire) he studied for a teaching certificate in Roehampton, and an MA in Classical Mods and Greats at Campion Hall, returning to SFX Liverpool for regency. He was ordained in 1966, made his tertianship in St Beuno’s under Paul Kennedy, and then undertook doctoral studies in dogmatic theology at the Gregorian in Rome. He taught systematic and sacramental theology at Heythrop in London for more than 25 years, living at Southwell House, in the Heythrop community at Cavendish Square, and, from 1993 until his death, in Mount Street. Joe retired from full-time teaching after a heart attack in 1999, but continued as a part-time tutor and writer. He died on 1st July 2015.
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