Jesuit chaplains

This week we remember those who have served their country in war.Jesuits have served as Military Chaplains in successive conflicts, and in the Jesuits in Britain Archive we have records of Jesuits who served in the British military as Chaplains in the Crimean and later wars.  We have written about some of these before; Chaplains of the Crimean War, Jesuits at Gallipoli, and Two 1916 World War One Chaplains.During the First World War a total of 84 Jesuits from the English Province served as...
Letter from John Butt, chaplain at the Crimea
This year, the 30th of March marks the 160th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris: the Treaty which put an end to over two years of fighting between Russia and an alliance of France, the United Kingdom, the Ottoman Empire, and Sardinia in the Crimean War. It was to be a war of several firsts: it was one of the first conflicts to use modern technologies such as explosive naval shells, railways, and telegraphs, one of the first to be documented extensively in written reports and ...
Fr William Feran SJ, author of the original Chaplains' weekly
On May 9th 1915 Fr William Feran composed the first edition of The Chaplains’ Weekly; a newsletter whose purpose he explained in the foreword was to maintain communication with British Jesuit Chaplains serving in WWI. He wrote:As Fr. Provincial finds it impossible to send lengthy letters to the individual chaplains, he has asked me to chromograph, week by week, items of news that may interest them and send a copy to each. This I propose doing each Sunday. The communication will not be, in any...
John Luck was born 9 January 1867 in Aldershot where his father Richard was a boot maker. He entered the Society in September 1888. Throughout his life Luck kept up regular correspondence with his parents and five sisters: Lizzie, Lucy, Maggie, Emma and May, and latterly his niece, Mildred. Through his letters, which are unfailingly upbeat and streaked with humour, we catch a glimpse of a man who is always willing to provide advice to his sisters and throw himself whole-heartedly into any task....
A Jesuit Chaplain celebrates Mass in the trenches
Fr Jack Mahoney SJ continues his investigation into the memorial to five Jesuit Chaplains killed in action during the First World War. Having explored the circumstances of the death of three of them in an earlier blog, here – with the help of the Jesuit Archivist, Rebecca Volk – he concludes his research into their lives.The obituaries of these five Jesuit military chaplains tend of their nature to contain more on their apostolate in Britain before the war, rather than provide many...
Fr Walter Montagu SJ 1886-1918
Laeti qui se obtuleruntCommemorentur quinqueE societate jesu capellaniAnnos inter mcmxiv – xviiiPro deo atque concivibusMortui militantesR.M.  D.D.  W.M.   C.M.G.  T.C.(“In memory of five chaplains of the Society of Jesus, who died in action between 1914 and 1918, gladly offering their lives on behalf of God and their fellow-citizens:  RM, DD, WM, CMG, TC. May the Heart of Jesus receive them”.) A quiet back garden in leafy Wimbledon is an...