Wimbledon

Old Wimbledonian swimmer Tom Baxter recently captained the Great Britain Deaflympic team and came back with a bronze medal from Samsun in Turkey. As well as picking up their medal, the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team of which Tom was a member also broke the British record for the event.Tom started swimming at the age of 13 while he was attending the Jesuit school in South London.  Proudly displaying his medal against his old school swimming cap, he said,  “I used to swim at my...
Bishop Nicholas Hudson with Fr Preston and Fr Fletcher SJ, and Headmaster, Chris McGrath
Twelve former pupils from the Class of 1966 – including Bishop Nicholas Hudson of Westminster – joined current staff and pupils of Donhead Lodge Preparatory School in Wimbledon for the opening of a new building. They were welcomed by the British Jesuit Provincial, Fr Dermot Preston SJ, and the Superior of the Loyola House Jesuit Community in Wimbledon, Fr Paul Fletcher SJ, at the dedication of the building to the Jesuit martyr, St Nicholas Owen.Donhead Lodge – the main feeder...
Gaining new perspectives : volunteering abroad with Jesuit MissionsFor over 20 years Jesuit Missions has been running a programme for adults to volunteer their skills and talents with communities in need around the world.Cecily Aldington from Wimbledon has just returned from three months in Honduras where she lived and worked in El Carrizal, a village of about 100 households in the rural west of the country.  As a member of a team of twelve volunteers, six  Honduran and six British,...
Alumni of Jesuit schools and colleges were at the forefront of the First World War. And one of them – a former student of Wimbledon and Stonyhurst Colleges who was the first recipient of the Victoria Cross in 1914 – is being portrayed in a drama series currently showing on BBC Three.In Our World War, the role of 25-year-old Lieutenant Maurice Dease of the 4th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers, is played by National Theatre actor, Dominic Thorburn. Dease is killed in the first episode...
Former Wimbledon College student, Nicholas Hudson, has been ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster by Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Bishop Hudson will have responsibility for the pastoral care of Central and East London and will also have oversight of the Agency for Evangelisation.A native of Wimbledon, Bishop Hudson was baptised in the former Jesuit parish and was ordained to the priesthood in Sacred Heart Church which was served by the Jesuits until earlier this year. Immediately prior to the...
My name is Michael Smith, and I became a Jesuit just over fifty years ago.  Almost all my working life in the Jesuits has been with young people in one way or another – as a teacher in several schools, a year head in a boarding school, a headmaster in the Jesuit school in Wimbledon, then I worked in a youth project in London which ran retreats and other activities for groups of young people.  Now at the moment i am the chaplain to the senior school at St Aloysius in Glasgow, and...
I joined the Jesuits in 1974 and looking back I can say I would not have wanted to live my life in any other way.I was born and brought up in Wimbledon, in a large and lively Jesuit parish, and attended the Jesuit school, Wimbledon College. It was while in the sixth form that I decided to join the Society of Jesus. It was a trip to Lourdes which changed me. To be truthful, I disliked the place at first: there seemed to be so much commercialism. But then I met this woman on a stretcher at...
I’m Paul Nicholson, and I’ve just completed an eight-year appointment as Director of Novices for the four Jesuit Provinces of North-West Europe (Britain, Ireland, Flanders and the Netherlands).I joined the Society in 1978, having been a pupil at the Jesuit school in Wimbledon, and then studied zoology at Durham University. I can remember as a teenager looking at one or two of the Jesuit teachers I knew, and thinking “I’d like to be like him.” Apart from anything...
The formal handover of Sacred Heart parish in Wimbledon, south west London from the Society of Jesus to the Archdiocese of Southwark and the Induction of the new parish priest, Monsignor Nick Hudson, will take place at 7.30pm this Friday 10 January 2014. Archbishop Peter Smith and Fr Dermot Preston SJ, the Jesuit Provincial of the British Province, will concelebrate Mass along with the outgoing parish priest, Fr Keith McMillan SJ, and Mgr Hudson. The Jesuits have served the parish for more...