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!