St Ignatius College celebrates 125th anniversary

Pupils, teachers and special guests travelled to Westminster Cathedral to celebrate a special Mass marking the 125th anniversary of the College.

Since is founding in 1894, the College has educated the likes of Alfred Hitchcock (filmmaker), Cardinal Heenan (Head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales 1965-75), and Donal Logue (actor who starred in Vikings and Sons of Anarchy).

When it opened, the College only had 46 boys, four Jesuits and a dog! In 1907 the College was recognised by the Board of Education and began to receive public money towards its support. The College has grown considerably since those early days and now educates over 1,000 boys aged 11 – 18.

The last Jesuit headmaster of the College was Fr Antony Forrester SJ, who retired in 1986. Since then, the Jesuit Pupil Profile has been developed to ensure that the Jesuit approach to education continues to form pupils into “intellectually competent, good and virtuous people”.  

The anniversary Mass at Westminster Cathedral was performed by Bishop John Sherrington and concelebrated by many Jesuit priests from the British Province.

Director of Education for the Diocese of Westminster, JP Morrison, said:

“The 125th Anniversary Mass for St Ignatius College at Westminster Cathedral was a wonderful tribute to this incredible community I had the privilege to serve at one time. Thank you to Headteacher Mary O’Keefe for organising such a memorable occasion. The boys, as always, were outstanding.”  

More photos of the anniversary Mass can be viewed here.

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