The Holy Name Church and the University Chaplaincy are served by the Jesuit Community here in Manchester. Currently there are four permanent members of the community, Fr Brendan Callaghan SJ, Fr James Crampsey SJ, Fr Peter Scally SJ and Br Geoff teBraake SJ.
You'll also come across our Chaplaincy team which also includes Sister Alicia Pérez FCJ and our receptionist, Anna Maria Wojtowicz.
You may also meet the chaplaincy dog, a Border Collie called Penny.
FR BRENDAN CALLAGHAN SJ
Fr Brendan has spent most of his Jesuit life in university settings, but started life ‘living over the shop’, or rather the surgery, since both his parents were doctors in GP practice. Educated at Jesuit schools in the north-west of England, he had the good fortune to do a gap year in what is now Zimbabwe, teaching and working in a Jesuit school there, before entering the novitiate of the Jesuits in Edinburgh in 1967. Philosophy and theology studies at Heythrop were punctuated by five years of psychology at the universities of Oxford and Glasgow, leading to his qualifying as an NHS-trained-and-recognised Clinical Psychologist.
After his ordination in 1978, Brendan taught psychology of religion at Heythrop for thirty years, serving as Principal for thirteen of these years, before being appointed Master of Campion Hall Oxford for five years.
Alongside his academic work, Brendan was involved in Jesuit formation, living in the small communities of Jesuits dotted around London. He also worked in medical ethics, and was for a while the General Secretary of the Institute of Medical Ethics.
His early encounter with Africa, and subsequent friendships with South African Jesuits, led to a number of visits to South Africa over academic summers and during one sabbatical year.
From Campion Hall, Brendan was missioned in 2013 to the role of master (or director) of novices, looking after men embarking on the first stage of their Jesuit life. This work was disrupted by an encounter with cancer, involving initially emergency surgery but then some very uneventful chemotherapy; (score so far Brendan: 1, Lymphoma: 0).
And then came Manchester….
FR JIM CRAMPSEY SJ
Father Jim Crampsey SJ is a member of the chaplaincy team. Born in Glasgow, he attended the Jesuit school there, and entered the Jesuit noviceship which was then in Edinburgh. After studies in philosophy and completing a degree in Modern Languages at Oxford, he studied for a Theology degree in London. He went on from there to Nashville, Tennessee to do his doctorate in New Testament at Vanderbilt University. From there, he returned to Heythrop College, University of London to teach Biblical Studies for twelve years. He was chosen to be the Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, and on completing his six year term, went to be parish priest in the multi-ethnic and multi-religious area of West London known as Southall. After eight years, he returned to work in Scotland in the Parish and Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh. After another eight years, he recently moved from there to Manchester.
FR PETER SCALLY SJ
Peter is the Lead Chaplain at the Catholic Chaplaincy in Avila House and Holy Name Church on Oxford Road. He studied Philosophy & Politics at Sheffield University before joining the Jesuits and doing further studies at the Milltown Institute, Dublin, and Heythrop College, London. He spent a number of years developing online ministries such as Sacred Space, Pray-as-you-go and Thinking Faith and was a parish priest in Edinburgh for eight years before coming to Manchester. He enjoys fishing and music and is currently trying to learn the uilleann pipes.
BR GEOFF TeBRAAKE SJ
Br Geoff was born in Zimbabwe and lived in Harare until he moved to South Africa when he was nine years old. After studying information technology he moved to England in 2000 to look for a job. He worked as a software developer, mostly in London, for several years.
His association with Mount Street Jesuit Centre (http://www.msjc.org.uk/) and Christian Life Community (http://www.clc-ew.org.uk/) played significant roles in his decision to investigate a vocation in the Society of Jesus. After two years based at the novitiate in Birmingham (https://manresaamigos.wordpress.com/) he moved to London to study philosophy and theology. He joined the team at the chaplaincy in September 2015.