Fr Gerry W Hughes

Eileen Opiolka reflects, with Frances Kelly at the piano in Glasgow University Memorial Chapel (Photo credit Robert Kelly)
A service was held at the Glasgow University Memorial Chapel on Monday to honour the memory Fr Gerry W Hughes SJ who died last November.  The ecumenical service was organised by the many friends, formers students and colleagues for whom Fr Gerry was such a formative influence.  The congregation was welcomed by Rev Stuart McQuarrie, current Chaplain to Glasgow University.  Fr Willie Slavin led the opening prayer and made introductory remarks noting that Gerry had been a...
The Tablet’s Literary Editor, Brendan Walsh, met Fr Gerard W. Hughes SJ shortly before his death at the end of last year.In all his work, Gerard (“Gerry”) W Hughes SJ tried to heal what he saw as the damaging “split” in our spirituality. “God is in every human being, in every movement of our devious minds and hearts and in every human tragedy, drawing us out of death into life.”Hughes was born in Skelmorlie, Ayrshire, the fourth of six children. On his mother’s side his grandparents came from...
Gerard W. Hughes SJ at study.
You can listen to or read the homily below. Where to start? I think Gerry would like us to begin with our own experience, right in the here and now, because at the centre of his life was his conviction that “God is in the facts, whatever my experience may be, so the facts must be kind.”And the facts of this moment of mourning are kind. We are each of here today because our lives have been touched by God through Gerry W Hughes. That much we have in common; but the particular...
The Jesuit priest, author and spiritual guide, Fr Gerry W Hughes SJ, has died at the age of 90. The Requiem Mass will be celebrated by Fr Dermot Preston SJ, Jesuit Provincial.  The homilist will be Fr Brendan Callaghan SJ.  Pat Gaffney of Pax Christi will make a closing address.The burial service will take place at St Beuno's Jesuit Spirituality Centre on Tuesday 18th at 12 noon.Read his obituary here.Make your own tributes and gifts in memory of  Gerry on our...