Wimbledon College

September is the start of the new academic year as children all over the country head back to school. The Society of Jesus is recognised throughout the world for its work in establishing and running schools, colleges and universities. This blog post gives a brief overview of some of the collections of school records held here at the Jesuits in Britain Archives and, in particular, the records of Mount St Mary’s College, which is celebrating the 175th anniversary of its establishment this...
Fr General with Wimbledon College pupils at the Gesu in Rome
A group of 50 boys from Wimbledon College have just returned from a week-long choir tour and pilgrimage to Rome accompanied by chaplain James Potter and music teachers Mr Thomas and Mr Rathbone.  The trip was part of the celebration of the College’s 125th anniversary and included singing in some of  Rome’s most prestigious churches .The pilgrimage got off to an exciting start with the chance to hear the papal mass in St Peter’s Square to mark the Feast of Ss Peter and Paul during...
Wimbledon College 125th anniversary cycling event
As part of the 125th Anniversary celebrations, a number of Wimbledon College staff and family took part in a cycle and picnic event on Saturday 1st July 2017.In perfect early morning conditions, teachers Mr Milloy and Mr Simpson set off from the school site with College electrician, Brian Helene, and recent Rhetoric-leaver, James Davies.Having cycled out through Richmond Park and Bushey Park, the peloton of four hurtled up Newlands Corner before swinging round to Dorking and Box Hill's zig-zag...
The Jesuit group outside Wembley SSE Arena. Emma Holland
Pupils from three Jesuit schools represented the Jesuits in Britain at Flame 2017 on Saturday.  They were accompanied by their chaplains James Potter (of Wimbledon College) and Stonyhurst College's Sarah Young, as well as Fr Matthew Power SJ, Vocations Director,  Fr Simon Bishop SJ, the province's Director of Spirituality, and Fr David Stewart SJ of the Ignatian Spirituality Outreach Ministry and National Director of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network.  Fr...
Participants gather at Wembley for Flame 2015. Westminster Youth Service
The Jesuits in Britain will joining other Catholic youth organisations and up to 10,000 young people when they gather at Wembley SSE Arena on Saturday for Flame 2017. Encouraged by the success of the Flame events in 2012 and 2015, Flame has now become an important event in the calendar of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.Flame 2017 is organised by the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed) and the organisers are hoping that participants in Flame 2017 will fill the Arena, which...
Westminster Cathedral: packed for Wimbledon College's celebration, Credit: Peter Michael, Wimbledon College
On Wednesday (18 January), Wimbledon College celebrated its 125th Anniversary. In his Constitutions, St Ignatius instructed all Jesuit schools to hold a Mass annually in gratitude to the founders of the school; and the College wanted to mark this significant anniversary by gathering the whole school community together for their Founders' Day Mass."The only way that we could do this was to hold it at Westminster Cathedral," explains the school's Chaplain, James Potter...
Peter Hackett SJ
Fr Peter Hackett SJ celebrates 75 years in the Society of Jesus today. He entered the novitiate on 10th January 1942, at the age of 18, and spent most of his ministry in teaching.  He was ordained in 1957 and was head master of Wimbledon College in the mid 70s and 80s.Fr Peter now lives in the Corpus Christi retirement community in Boscombe Dorset.  He will be celebrating his 93rd birthday in October.  Fr Peter’s younger brother Paul is also a Jesuit, currently serving...
Wimbledon College's Advent Calendar
Wimbledon College in south west London has produced an online Advent Calendar with daily reflections for the journey through Advent. The College is celebrating 125 years of Jesuit education and its Advent Fundraising Campaign this year is for the Jesuit Refugee Service, with boys (and staff) taking on sponsored 125 themed challenges to raise money.Wimbledon College started its life in the parlour of the presbytery of the newly established Sacred Heart Church and was based at 3 Cranbrook Road:...
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...
Ben Ryan is carried by the Fiji team after winning gold in Rio
Jesuit-educated Ben Ryan is celebrating with the Fiji rugby sevens team after coaching them to their first ever Olympic medal in Brazil. He has been their head coach since September 2013 and led them to victory in the Dubai Sevens, the country’s first trophy in the sport. Last night in the Deodoro Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, his team beat Great Britain 43-7 in the final.Born in September 1971, Ben was educated at Wimbledon College before moving on to Loughborough University where he...

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