Dermot Preston SJ

Fr Dermot Preston SJ
The head of the Jesuit Order in Britain, Fr Dermot Preston SJ, has today written to the Prime Minister to urge a change in policy towards refugees in the light of the current crisis in Europe and the Middle East.Fr Preston urges the Prime Minister to have the courage and ambition to use his leadership to set a tone of welcome and hospitality to those seeking our help at this desperate time.  He believes the Prime Minister has a unique opportunity to lead Britain in a way that can awaken...
Dermot Preston SJ (left) and Billy Hewett SJ
Father Provincial, Dermot Preston, celebrates 25 years in the priesthood on 28th July.‘If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your future plans’. As Fr Dermot Preston celebrates 25 years in the priesthood, and almost 36 years with the Jesuits, this was his reply when asked recently about his plans for the latter part of his six year tenure as Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain.After joining the Jesuits in 1979, Fr Dermot was ordained a priest on 28 July 1990. Since then he has moved...
A shepherd stands in a doorway looking at his sheep
In 1940, the renowned writer of detective fiction, Miss Dorothy L. Sayers, was approached by the BBC to produce a series of radio plays about the life of Jesus.Knowing the mores-&-sensitivities about the portrayal of Jesus in any form of drama – at that time there was a theatrical ban on the portrayal of any member of the Trinity on the British stage - she replied that she would only take-on the project, if:She was allowed to introduce Jesus as a normal, speaking character within the plays....
John Ogilvie SJ
On 9 March 2015 an ecumenical vespers was held at St Aloysius church in Glasgow, on the eve of the 400th anniversary of them martyrdom of St John Ogilvie SJ. Fr Dermot Preston gave the homily, that you can listen to below, but in which he read this letter:Dear Fr Preston,My name is Fr John Ogilvie. I understand that you will be preaching this evening as part of the celebrations of my 400 years. I’m sorry not to be there – well, I’m not actually... I’m in a far better place. And the weather is...
St Aloysius Church in Glasgow was full to capacity again yesterday evening, on the eve of the Feast of St John Ogilvie SJ.  Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow officiated at Ecumenical Vespers with Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor (representing Pope Francis) and Fr Dermot Preston SJ, the British Jesuit Provincial. In the congregation were John Fagan’s son, John Fagan Jnr and his grandson. John Fagan Senior was a Glasgow docker who was diagnosed with a stomach tumour which was cured...
The celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie SJ began on Saturday evening (7 March) with Solemn Vespers at St Aloysius Church in Glasgow (pictured below). 82 students from the five Jesuit senior schools performed Mozart's Vesperae solennes de Dominica (K321), accompanied by a professional orchestra and conducted by Keith Roberts, the Head of Choral Music at St Aloysius College, Glasgow. The homily was preached by Fr James Crampsey SJ.The following day, the...
The Bishop of Salford has urged students and other worshippers in Manchester to be ‘missionary disciples’. Echoing the words of Pope Francis, he was speaking at Mass to celebrate the Jesuits’ 50 year association with the Catholic Chaplaincy on the University campus.Bishop John Arnold (pictured left) was celebrating Mass at Holy Name Church with the British Jesuit Provincial, Fr Dermot Preston SJ, and the Jesuit Chaplains to Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy. In his homily, he said...

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