Gerry W Hughes

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 ways in which our experience of God has been...
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, died on 4th November at the age of 90. Gerard William Hughes was born on 22 March 1924 in Skelmorlie, Ayrshire, and entered the Society of Jesus in 1942. After studying at Heythrop College (at that time in Oxfordshire), Skt Georgen in Frankfurt and Campion Hall, Oxford, he was ordained in 1958, and made his final vows as a Jesuit at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire, three years later. He taught at Stonyhurst...
One evening when he was about two-and-a-half years of age, and one of his elder sisters had said his night prayers with him and left him to go to sleep, Gerry Hughes remembers sitting up in his bed thinking, and then saying out loud and quite deliberately, the simple word “God.” He wanted to see what would happen; and he was disappointed when apparently nothing did. But it didn’t stop him from continuing to think and try things out as he went on seeking how to make contact...