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Ninety years ago this Christmas, Britain experienced one of the heaviest snowfalls recorded in the twentieth century. The huge blizzard of 1927 began on the afternoon of Christmas Day. Up to 25 feet of snow fell in parts of southern England, with six inches of snow recorded in central London. Towns and villages were completely cut off and roads in some rural areas remained unpassable for as long as three weeks. It was widely reported in the press at the time that the Salvation Army had...
I've been one of the British Jesuits for over half of my life, since I left my native Scotland to begin my journey, first to the Novitiate and then to an extraordinary life, one full of gifts and surprises. The great Fr. Pedro Arrupe SJ once remarked that it isn't an easy life but that it is a wonderful vocation: "everything for the glory of God", he wrote, "what more is possible?". However imperfectly, I've thoroughly enjoyed trying to live up to that affirmation of Don Pedro. I know that I...
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While looking into a research enquiry recently I discovered pantomime plays written by Fr Bernard Basset SJ (1909-1988) with music by Fr John Delahunty SJ (1907-1992). In the 1940s, Stella Maris published some of Bernard Bassett’s pantomimes including Aladdin, Robinson Crusoe and Cinderella, but more fascinating are the two bound librettos located in the Archive. At the time these pantomimes were written they were both studying philosophy at Heythrop (1931-1934).  The first is ‘...
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The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) for 2015 which were published recently show that overall satisfaction for those studying at Heythrop College has risen six percentage points on last year and stands at 90%.The annual survey asks students a range of questions and, in particular, to rate their satisfaction with the overall quality of their course. Results are then used to compare the performance of all institutions offering higher education programmes across the country.The...
Listening to the human voiceHeythrop College presents an immersive experience intertwining and choral music by vocal ensembles The Marian Consort & Cappella Romana alongside philosophical discourse, to ponder how silence acts as a spiritual and epistemic space to enable action and change. The event will run as three segments presented by Prof Johannes Hoff, Dr Ahmad Achtar and Dr Tony Carroll. They will explore the notion of how the humanities bring to light the ‘silenced’ parts...
The Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ) will be exploring educational initiatives which support young people, families and schools, in a Seminar at Heythrop College, University of London, this week. ‘Stepping Stones to a More Equal Society will take as its starting point the CARJ publication of the same name, which investigated what individuals and groups are doing and could do to offer higher quality education to young people from a broad variety of backgrounds. Speakers will...
The second day of the Heythrop 400thanniversary celebrations started early on Friday morning with Mass at Farm St Church celebrated by Fr General Adolfo Nicolas SJ who had travelled from Rome for the occasion.  He preached to a very busy church a moving sermon on St Matthew 6:21 “for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”, and observing that  the key to Ignatian spirituality is the continuous learning from experience to listen to the heart.Fr General then...
Take a look at the photos of the 2 day event.The 400th anniversary of the foundation of Heythrop College was marked on Thursday by a prestigious international academic event presented in collaboration with the Institute of English Studies at the University of London.    For the Greater Glory of God and the Common Good: the Jesuit educational  tradition was hosted at the imposing Senate House – formerly the Ministry of Information.Fr Michael Holman SJ opened the...
Paul Fletcher, born deaf 54 years ago, after a Master’s degree in Librarianship and a career as a Librarian for ILEA and previously the British Library; joined the Jesuits [British province] in 1988. He was ordained priest 1997 in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.  “I felt there was more to life than just following the treadmill of full-time work and possibly marrying and starting a family. Whilst I had job satisfaction and a social life, something was missing… Exercising my vocation to...
I am Gemma Simmonds, a sister of the Congregation of Jesus, founded by Mary Ward in 1609 to live religious life on the Jesuit model.  We were called ‘Jesuitesses’ at the time, and it wasn’t meant as a compliment, but that’s another story (which I tell in more detail in a chapter on ‘Women Jesuits?’ in Thomas Worcester, ed., The Cambridge Companion to the Jesuits).  I’m a senior lecturer in pastoral theology at Heythrop College in the...

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