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Alumnus Fr J. Patrick Hough SJ at Jesuit High School, Tampa, Florida
A former altar server at St Peter’s Stonyhurst and an alumnus of Stonyhurst College has shared highlights of his past year at the Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida, with parishioners, students and staff in Lancashire. Writing in the Christmas newsletter for St Peter’s, St Joseph’s, Hurst Green (where he was also a pupil) and the Stonyhurst Community, Fr J. Patrick Hough SJ, reflected on Jesuit education and service, pilgrimages and retreats.The Jesuit High School in Tampa,...
Lieutenant Patrick Joseph McCusker, 1894 - 1916
Relatives of a Stonyhurst alumnus who died in World War I will be travelling to the Somme Battlefields next month to mark the centenary of his death.Lieutenant Patrick Joseph McCusker was born on 24 March 1894 in Neilston, a village and parish in East Renfrewshire in the west central Lowlands of Scotland. After being educated by the Jesuits at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, he returned to Scotland to study medicine at Glasgow University before receiving his commission. In 1916, it was...
Sean Bean will play Fr Michael Kerrigan in the BBC drama 'Broken': flickr/Public Domain
Filming has begun on a new BBC drama series entitled Broken, which has been written by Jesuit alumnus, Jimmy McGovern, and stars Sean Bean and Anna Friel. Centred around a Catholic priest in a Northern urban parish, the Church of St Francis Xavier in Liverpool is being used as a location for the six-part series which is due to be shown on BBC One after Christmas.Jimmy McGovern was brought up five minutes’ walk away from Saint Francis Xavier’s Church (SFX) and went to SFX infants and...
Ben Ryan is carried by the Fiji team after winning gold in Rio
Jesuit-educated Ben Ryan is celebrating with the Fiji rugby sevens team after coaching them to their first ever Olympic medal in Brazil. He has been their head coach since September 2013 and led them to victory in the Dubai Sevens, the country’s first trophy in the sport. Last night in the Deodoro Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, his team beat Great Britain 43-7 in the final.Born in September 1971, Ben was educated at Wimbledon College before moving on to Loughborough University where he...
The memorial to Gabriel Coury is unveiled in Sefton Park, Liverpool. Credit: Christian Smith
A First World War Jesuit alumnus has been honoured in Liverpool, 100 years after being awarded the Victoria Cross.Gabriel Coury was born on 13 June 1896 in Liverpool to an Armenian father and French mother. He was taught by the Jesuits at St Francis Xavier’s College in Liverpool and subsequently at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire (1907 to 1913). On leaving Stonyhurst, he worked as an apprentice in a cotton brokerage and when the war broke out in 1914, he volunteered to join Kitchener...
The mother of the first Western hostage killed by Islamic State, the Jesuit alumnus James Foley, has reflected on hope, grief, and a faith that conquers hatred and death, in an on-line interview released on Good Friday.Freelance journalist James Foley was a student at Marquette University, the Jesuit university situated in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During the time he was held captive in Libya in 2011, he said that it was prayer and his faith that kept him going.  In August 2014, he became the...
Patrick Burgess MBE, who was educated by the Jesuits at Wimbledon and Beaumont Colleges, has been made Chancellor of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Patrick (pictured below) has had a long association with the Order of St John and had been its Honorary Legal Counsel since 2007. He was installed as Chancellor of the Order by its Grand Prior, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, at the Priory Church in Clerkenwell, London. This...
Prayers were offered in Jesuit parishes on both sides of the Atlantic at the weekend for the repose of the soul of Jesuit alumnus, James Foley, the American journalist murdered in Syria. A mass of remembrance for the former Marquette University student was held on Sunday at his hometown church in Rochester, New Hampshire. Prayers were also offered for all those caught up in conflict - especially in the Middle East - and for those who work for justice and reconciliation.In Britain, congregations...