A JESUIT who left St Ignatius College in Stanford Hill in 1919, refers me to the Catholic Herald of 13 February, 1920, for the number of vocations contributed by that school. He quotes, "the record goes back, I believe to 1910: Regular priests, including a Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, 1 01.
Religious, of whom 70 are Jesuits, and include a Jesuit Archbishop, and a Benedictine Abbot, 109".
Since 1970, he adds, other priests have been ordained, and two priests ordained Bishop, Bishop O'Brien of Hertfordshire and another who was appointed a Nuncio.
On the same subject, Fr Donald Withey of Birmingham tells me that Old lgnatians who became distinguished Benedictines included Abbot Dyfrig, retired but still very active, Abbot of Prinknash; the late Dom Austin Delany, a contemporary of Cardinal Heenan, of Farnborough, who spent 35 years of his life in pastoral work in St Ives in Cornwall, going there originally for health reasons; and the late Dom John Main, Prior of the Benedictine Community in Montreal, Canada, and formerly Prior of Ealing Abbey.