Friday, April 8, 2011

New British Jesuit Provencial, Fr. Dermot Preston, S.J.

Fr. Dermot Preston, S.J.
The Jesuits have named Fr Dermot Preston as their new Provincial for Britain. Fr Preston, who is currently regional superior in Guyana, will succeed current Provincial Fr Michael Holman, who has been appointed principal of Heythrop College in west London. Born in 1957, Fr Preston joined the Jesuits in 1979 and was ordained in 1990 after teaching chemistry and RE at St Aloysius’ College in Glasgow for his regency. He has worked in Guyana for five years and also in South Africa, where he was ecclesiastical assistant to the Christian Life Community. Before that he was vocations director for the British Province for a number of years. He is also a noted film buff who has written about the Catholic influence on Alfred Hitchcock’s filmmaking. Writing to the British Jesuits, Fr Holman said: “I know you will all want to join me in congratulating Dermot and in assuring him of your prayers and your support now and long after.” Fr Holman, who was headmaster of Wimbledon College in south London from 1995 to 2004, will take up his appointment at Heythrop after the end of his six-year term of office as Provincial in July.
Link (here) to the Catholic Herald for the full story.

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