chaplain

Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy (MUSCC) is a veritable hub of volunteers who offer up their time to improve the lives of others.Here, students from Manchester University, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Royal Northern College of Music are served by the Jesuits at MUSCC. Manchester students are not content simply to be on the receiving end of things; they are eager to give something back to the local community.This eagerness has resulted in a thriving St Vincent de...
World War I ChaplainsWorld War I broke out in August 1914. Although unlike their counterparts in France and Belgium exempt from military duty, by the end of the war 84 Jesuits had served as RC Chaplains to the British Forces and Navy. Here is a small online exhibition which looks at some of the records relating to these Chaplains which have survived in the Jesuits in Britain Archives.Please click on the links to discover more about each item:Exemption letterTailor slipContract...
This week the Archives and Records Association has launched its second annual Explore Your Archives awareness campaign. The aim is to increase public awareness of the vital role of archives in our society and to celebrate the collections held in services across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland. To find out more and to see what events are happening near you, visit www.exploreyourarchive.org.Here in the Jesuits in Britain Archives we have created an exhibition on the...
This month marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem – an event of the Second World War in which a British Jesuit played a significant role among the Allied troops.In September 1944, Operation Market Garden was the Allies’ attempt to break through German lines and seize several bridges in the occupied Netherlands, including one at Arnhem. Having already liberated Brussels after the Normandy landings the previous June, their main objective was to outflank German defences. It...
Retire-toi Satan by James Tissot
Fr Gerry Gallen SJ, Chaplain to St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney, gave the following homily for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). The reading was Matthew 16: 21-27.Poor Peter! Last week he was the rock on which the Church was to be built; this week he’s compared to the devil himself! But misunderstanding and being misunderstood is all part and parcel of the cost of discipleship.The word discipleship comes from discipline and discipline is never warmly welcomed! Peter is...
A recording of Fr Fitzmaurice SJ's account of witnessing an execution during the First World War.The most unnerving experience that I have had since the war began—perhaps the worst I have ever had--was having to attend a man sentenced to be shot, and having to be present when the sentence was carried out. It was my first case of the kind, and, please God, may it be my last. I had the redeeming consolation of knowing that the poor boy (he was nineteen) died a magnificent death.I went...
I am currently chaplain to the Universities of Manchester, and priest at the Holy Name Church, Manchester. We serve the largest conglomeration of students (approx 85,000) in Western Europe, and are endeavouring to build up an important community in the midst of a sprawling city-centre university campus.  The students are successfully engaged in an inspiring range of voluntary activities, from soup runs, to providing a breakfast club at a local primary school, hosting meals for the elderly...
My name is Gerard Gallen, S.J.  I joined the Jesuits in 1991. I first encountered the Jesuits at Craighead Retreat Centre near Glasgow. The first Jesuit I met was Fr. Michael Kyne (R.I.P.) and he introduced me to St. Ignatius who introduced me to a new way of praying, enabling me to feel closer to Christ. I have been and remain inspired by so many fellow Jesuits living varied lives with a unique spirit.My missions have included chaplain/teacher at Wimbledon College and St. Aloysius...
Peter Knott SJ, born 1926, was a soldier before entering the Society of Jesus in 1963  serving in NW Europe  India, Pakistan, Malaya, and Palestine.   After ordination in 1970 his appointments  included Chaplain at Heathrow Airport, Superior and Parish Priest at Farm  Street, and Catholic Chaplain at Eton College.  He is presently Chaplain to Barlborough Hall School in Derbyshire.He was received into the Church in 1962 and felt a calling to be a priest. ...
Leslie Walker was born in 1877 to a non-conformist family in Birmingham.  He was received into the Church and became a Jesuit in 1899.  He worked as a teacher in Jesuit schools, finding time to develop his many and varied skills which included woodworking, painting and drawing cartoons, bee-keeping, gardening  and playing the mandolin.  At this time he began to make a name as a writer and academic.  He served as a military chaplain 1915-19 with the 19th Division in...

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