Gerard Manley Hopkins

St Aloysius' Church, Oxford
145 years ago, on the 20th of May 1873, Oscar Wilde and a companion were among a large crowd that watched as Dr William Bernard Ullathorne, the first Bishop of Birmingham, laid the foundation stone of the first Catholic church to be built in the centre of Oxford since the Reformation: St Aloysius’. According to Fr John Morris SJ who was also present at the occasion:The weather, on which an out-door function is so entirely dependent, was magnificent; and the attendance on the occasion was large...
It’s the middle of summer.  Children are enjoying their six weeks off school, and many of us take a week or a fortnight’s vacation by the sea or in the countryside.  The Jesuits also enjoy short breaks from their work and the Jesuits in Britain Archive holds material recording holidays taken by Jesuits over the last 160 years. Jesuit students, known as Scholastics, used to take a two week holiday in Barmouth, in Wales.  This tradition started in 1853 when Father James...
Jimmy McGovern was a pupil at St Francis Xavier's College
A new BBC One drama series set in the North West has strong Jesuit connections. The BBC has confirmed that the leading role in Broken (working title) will be played by Sean Bean. Filming of the primetime series is due to start next month, with the six episodes broadcast after Christmas.The new drama is written by Jimmy McGovern who was brought up five minutes’ walk away from Saint Francis Xavier’s Church (SFX) and went to SFX infants and primary school. He then went on to be taught...
Poet & priest: Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ
Two volumes of correspondence by the 19th century Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ are to be awarded the 13th Morton N. Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of Letters by the Modern Language Association (MLA) of America. The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins, volumes I and II: Correspondence have been edited by R. K. R. Thornton, of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and Catherine Phillips, of the University of Cambridge. They are published by Oxford University Press.The Cohen...
The funeral of Fr Francis Joseph (‘Joe’) Laishley SJ (2 July 1933 – 1 July 2015) took place on Tuesday, 14 July 2015. The Gospel at the Requiem Mass was from chapter 3 of St John’s Gospel, verses 1 to 18, when Nicodemus came to Jesus “by night”. The following homily was preached by Fr Michael Barnes SJ.Why did Nicodemus come to Jesus ‘by night’?  He was a devout Pharisee and was probably a little embarrassed to be seen talking to Jesus – even a tentative conversation in a quiet corner....
Fr Simon Bishop SJ reads St Alphonsus Rodriguez SJ, a poem by Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ.HONOUR is flashed off exploit, so we say;And those strokes once that gashed flesh or galled shieldShould tongue that time now, trumpet now that field,And, on the fighter, forge his glorious day.On Christ they do and on the martyr may; But be the war within, the brand we wieldUnseen, the heroic breast not outward-steeled,Earth hears no hurtle then from fiercest fray.Yet God (that hews mountain...
Sunday Worship on BBC Radio 4 last weekend came from  Heythrop College, University of London. The programme celebrated the Jesuit college's 400-year-history, under the title 'A Harvest of Souls'.The liturgy was led by Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, who is a Senior Lecturer in Pastoral and Social Studies and Theology at Heythrop; Dr Damian Howard SJ who teaches Christian-Muslim relations preached on the qualities required of an effective preacher. During the programme...
Croos, Dawson and Patterson at St Beuno's
For the past month, six young Jesuits have been involved in their core ministry in North Wales, as Dr Nicholas Austin SJ explains.‘Block out your calendars from mid-July to the end of August 2014.  I’ll tell you what it’s about later.’That was the mysterious message six young Jesuit priests recently received from Fr Dermot Preston SJ, the Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain.  All of us were wondering what our superior had up his sleeve.  We form a diverse...
This is the seventh reflection commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. A reflection on the life of Gerard Manley Hopkins.The monks of the Abbey of Keur Moussa sing: O all you works of the Lord, O bless the Lord, To him be highest glory and praise for ever. Wherever it is I am right now, what works of the Lord can I see? Perhaps the sky, the clouds? Perhaps hills or fields, or a horse or a dog, or a tree? Perhaps it’s just the inside of a bus...