Fr Francis 'Joe' Laishly SJ

Gifts in memory of the life and work of Francis 'Joe' Laishley SJ

The Jesuits in Britain rely on the generous gifts of those whose lives we touch.  Your gift will enable us to develop our spirituality programme and help more people find their pathway to God. 

The Wreck of the Deutschland

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89).  Poems.  1918.

I admire thee, master of the tides,

Of the Yore-flood, of the year’s fall;        

The recurb and the recovery of the gulf’s sides,

The girth of it and the wharf of it and the wall;

Stanching, quenching ocean of a motionable mind;

Ground of being, and granite of it: past all

Grasp God, throned behind        

Death with a sovereignty that heeds but hides, bodes but abides;


All donors will receive a copy of a prayer card for Fr Joe which includes this poem written out in his notebook.

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Thank you and God bless you.

Read the homily preached by Fr Michael Barnes SJ  at Fr Joe's requiem mass