Peter Granger-Banyard SJ
Fr Peter (“Bertie”) Granger-Banyard SJ died on 7th August 2018 in the St Aloysius community in Glasgow. He was 87 years old and had been a Jesuit for almost 70 years.
Bertie was born in Birmingham on 6th February 1931. After attending schools in Ipswich, West Norwood, and at Belmont Abbey, he joined the novitiate at Roehampton in 1948, later moving to Harlaxton, where he took his First Vows in 1950. He returned to Manresa in Roehampton for a further year of juniorate, studied philosophy for two years at Heythrop in Oxfordshire, and was sent once again to Manresa for a third year of philosophy and a year of teacher training. His regency was spent at Wimbledon College, followed by theology at Heythrop, where he was ordained in 1961. Tertianship in St Beuno’s under Paul Kennedy came next. Between 1963 and 1976 he was in Glasgow, teaching at St Aloysius College, and then spent a year studying pastoral theology at Heythrop (by then in London). Three years again teaching at Wimbledon College were followed for four years spent as assistant university chaplain in Manchester. After this, in 1984, he joined the retreat team at Loyola Hall. In 1986 he had a heart attack, and the following year moved back to Glasgow as chaplain to the College, a post he held for the next 27 years. He only “retired” in 2014 but kept strong links with the alumni of the College until his death.