ON THE Feast of Saint Edmund Campion, Thursday, December 1 all Old lgnatian bishops, priests, brothers and seminarians are invited to celebrate the 89th anniversary el the foundation of Saint Ignatius College, now 16 years on its present site at Turkey Street, in Enfield, Middlesex.
Those interested in participating in the celebrations. which includes a concelebrated Mass at 1 o'clock, are invited to contact the organiser of the day, Fr Michael Hewett SJ, telephone Lea Valley 763172.
He tells me that one of the main objects of this spiritual exercise is to rekindle something of the spirit of religious vocations in the school which was so much part of it when it was situated at Stamford Hill in North London.
I once tried to count up the number of priests who were at school in Stamford Hill and gave up after I had totted up over 100.
Probably one of its more famous products was the late Cardinal John Carmel Heenan, Archbishop of Westminster. He once said "The school had something of a reputation among Jesuit schools as a nursery for vocations.
In my own circle Austin Delaney became a Benedictine, Jack Lynch, TB Murray, Bernard Latchford and Terence O'Brien joined the Jesuits, Basil L'Estrange went to the Dominicans, Edward O'Brien to the Redemptorists, Toni Keane became an African Missionary, while Denis Twohey, Denis McCarthy, John Mills, W Philpott, Joe Scholls and I went from Stamford Hill to diocesan seminaries".
The Jesuits at Stamford Hill also produced a papal astronomer, Fr Treanor, a former Provincial of the English Province, Fr William Maher, Alfred Hitchcock the famous film producer, a considerable number of journalists, teachers and actors, and not a few Irish rebels.
Probably the most senior ecclesiastics of today who are
old Ignatians are Archbishop Francis Markall Si of Zimbabwe, and Bishop O'Brien of Hertfordshire.
The Rector and Chairman of the Board of Governors of St Ignatius today is Fr Michael Barrow SJ (0.I. 1941-48), the bursar is Father Frank Kelly SJ (0.I. 1919-25) and the headmaster of the lower school is Mr Pat Leng (0.1. 1952-59).
I wonder if the Old Ignatian Anglican Pastor, Fr Shergold, will appear in his leather gear? He was the first clergyman to do a"ton up" on his motorbike with the younger members of his flock.