Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ

150 years ago, on 7 September 1868, Gerard Manley Hopkins entered the Society of Jesus at Manresa, Roehampton. Born in Stratford, Essex in 1844, he received his early education at the Cholmeley Grammar School in Highgate. According to his obituary in Letters and Notices, “from earliest childhood he showed a great talent for drawing, and his work was distinguished for its remarkable delicacy… He had a very exquisite voice and took great interest in music. This, with art and literature, became...
“What better way to celebrate the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola but by commemorating this chapel built under his patronage and in his honour!” Revd Dr Joseph Munitiz SJ opened with these words the unveiling of a blue plaque commemorating the former St Ignatius’ Chapel in Oxford.On the 31st July, Rt Revd William Kenney, CP, Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham officiated the ceremony for the presentation of the sign in Angel Court, 81 St Clement's Street, marking the...
For more than 150 years British Jesuits have travelled to Barmouth on the Welsh coast for rest and recreation, often walking or sailing up the Mawddach estuary to the inn at Penmaen Pool. One of the most famous of these men, the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, wrote a poem for the visitors’ book there in 1876.In keeping with tradition, the eleven British Jesuits between First Vows and ordination, and their three counterparts from the Low Countries, spent the final evening of a recent visit to...
Archives Assistant, Lucy, is currently studying alongside her position at the Jesuits in Britain Archives for a professional qualification in Archives and Records Management. Having the practical experience to complement the theory and principles taught on the course is invaluable, however the reality of tasks such as cataloguing are in practice not always as straightforward as the theory would have you believe. In this blog post, Lucy tells us of her experiences, as she tackles a particularly...
Michael Symmons Roberts (l) and Michael Rosen (r) at St Beuno's
Celebrated author, and Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths,  University of London, Michael Rosen, recently visited St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales to rediscover how Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ created his new style of poetry.He was joined by award-winning poet and fiction writer, Michael Symmons Robert. The visit to St Beuno’s was for a new radio programme called ‘The First Jazz Poet’, in which BBC Radio 4 listeners will hear both Rosen and Symmons...
“Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures … [It is] the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.” (United Nations’ World Poetry Day website).The British Province of the Society of Jesus can count many poets among its members. In previous ‘From the Archives’ blog posts we have already celebrated the verses written down and often beautifully decorated by philosophy students in the...
The Immaculate Conception at Farm Street Church
Farm Street Church’s musical reputation spans almost a century; and its choir has now issued a CD to celebrate its 50 years as a parish of the Archdiocese of Westminster. Both God's and Mary's Son includes favourite musical works from the choir’s repertoire, along with special commissions composed for the choir by Gabriel Jackson, for which the choir gave the premiere performances.The Farm Street Church Choir originated as men and boy choristers recruited from the Jesuit...