loyola hall

Even the most apathetic will be aware that the World Football Cup has recently been taking place. The 21st tournament, which has been held in Russia, had its final match on Sunday 15 July. In light of the football fever it seemed an appropriate time to share the story of how the Jesuits had a football team stay with them during the 1966 Cup.The inclusion of this photograph of Fr Peter Blake SJ with some footballers in the timeline of the most recent Jesuit and Friends issue reminded me that...
Loyola hall
The Jesuits in Britain have this week put the former retreat house Loyola Hall on the market.The Grade II listed country house in Rainhill, South of St Helens, was built by businessman Bartholomew Bretherton in 1824.  The house and  17.2 acres of grounds were sold to the Jesuits in 1923 and  used as an Ignatian retreat centre until 2014.  The decision to close Loyola Hall was taken in the light of the reduced number of Jesuits available to operate large institutions. ...
A crucifix from Loyola Hall Retreat Centre has found a new home - suspended over the altar in the brand new church dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes in Hungerford, Berkshire. Parishioner Paul Burrough turned to the Jesuits when he was looking for furnishings to adorn the church replacing the ‘temporary’ 1939 structure. The first Mass in the new church in April attracted over 200 people – about twice the number who used to attend in the old church.“I was a Jesuit boy,...
I was a first year undergraduate at Manchester University studying Chemistry.  It was the wrong course and I was deeply unhappy.  A friend suggested I spend a couple of days at Loyola Hall Jesuit Spirituality Centre praying about what to do.   A wise spiritual director avoided counselling me and instead sent me off to pray with Isaiah 43:1-5: “If you walk through fire you will not be burned . . . you are precious in my eyes, you are honoured and I love you”....
One of five children in a family that moved house every four or five years, I seem from an early age to have been prepared for Jesuit life! I first met a Jesuit at school. He was a gentle man with a great capacity to engage with young children. He taught us prayers to the Sacred Heart but also snooker and bridge. He remembered our birthdays and kept an eye on us when we were unwell.I think the idea of being a priest and a Jesuit was somewhere in my mind from quite a young age and I first spoke...
I was born in London in 1954, and educated at Bishop Challoner School in Beckenham and by the Jesuits at St John's Beaumont and Stonyhurst College. I then read English at Merton College, Oxford, before entering the Jesuit novitiate in 1977. I studied philosophy and theology at Heythrop College, University of London, punctuated by a year of pastoral work in Mexico. Before ordination in 1985, I also did a masters degree, specialising in Jesuit history, at what was then Weston School of...