Doctor

Pope Francis blesses a man in St Peter's square
I wonder if anyone here remembers Philip (“Doc”) Loretz. He was the first Jesuit doctor in the British Province. Up to the age of 55, he was a GP in the South of England – happily married with children and a successful practice. But, when he was 55, very suddenly and tragically, his wife died. Suddenly he was alone – all the children had left home. And he was bereft – like a boat cut from its moorings and tossed without power or steering into the current of life. And somewhere among all the...
The Dr Hickey general practice was opened in 1987 to meet the medical  needs of homeless people in Westminster. Located in the basement of the Cardinal Hume Centre, it cares for people living in hotels and hostels, squats and refuges, as well as street homeless.  It was founded by Sister Dr Mary Hickey a nun from Newcastle. You can read about her and the founding of the Surgery on the Cardinal Hume Centre website >>Dr Hickey's GP practice partner is Fr Paul O...
A girl bends forward towards a flower bush
Have you ever been entrusted with a sacred responsibility?I remember the day somebody first gave me a job. It was when I was about six. My grandfather had a clothes shop in Omagh in Ireland. And my job on Saturday mornings was to watch my grandfather serve customers in the shop. And then when one of them bought something my grandfather would take the money from the customer, write the receipt and very solemnly hand both to me. It was then my solemn responsibility to carry the money and the...
Paul became a Jesuit in 1987. Alongside his Jesuit training  he trained as a medical doctor.  Paul spent 3 years in Guyana but after his tertianship he returned to the UK.  Paul now works as a GP at the Mary Hickey clinic for street homeless within the Cardinal Hume Centre. He is Director of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre. Paul is also a regular contributor to the province blog "Ignatian Insight" where you can read some of his homilies and stories of the way...