Rise in Glory!

A Tribute from the Board of Trustees of ACTA 

Fr Gerry Hughes SJ passed away on Tuesday 2nd November at the Jesuit Retirement Home at Boscombe. He often referred to himself as the “talking” Gerry Hughes to distinguish himself from “walking” Fr Gerald W Hughes SJ. Ordained to the priesthood in 1967, his life was to become the epitome of the cleric and academic. A lecturer and the Master of Campion Hall, Oxford marked out a life of distinguished scholarship.  He was an author of a number of texts including, “The Nature of God”  and the “Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Aristotle on Ethics”.  He was for some years the Vice Provincial of the British Province of the Society of Jesus.

Members of ACTA will know Fr Gerry as the former Spiritual Director to the organisation. He was a guide, a mentor and a friend to all who came to know him. His sharp intellect was married to a mild and whimsical character that was appealing and disarming in equal measure. He was never more at home than in the sharing of a simple lunch while discussion ranged across the many fields to which he had made such a contribution. He carried his learning lightly and was a born teacher

In the last few years, aware of his declining strength, he withdrew to the Jesuit centre at Boscombe. 

Members of ACTA will remember him with gratitude for his guidance, with respect for his learning and with fondness for his convivial nature.

Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory!

Sr Patricia Rumsey and Dr Amanda Dillon reflect on the English Standard Version which has been selected by the Bishop's of England & Wales as the new Lectionary.


Fr Henry Wansborough and Fr Nicholas King SJ discuss the English Standard Version (ESV) Catholic Edition as our new Lectionary.

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In 1638 John Milton produced a pastoral elegy for a fellow student, a young clergyman, whose death prompted his criticism of the Anglican bishops of the time. He saw the young clergy as living their lives in response to the Gospel value of pastoral leadership and yet lacking the support of the episcopate. The model of the Good Shepherd was a staple of the Gospels and the comparison with those shepherds who did not know their flock and its needs was a constant in Jesus’ teaching.