WEDNESDAY saw the last Jesuit leave the Oxford parish of St Aloysius, where the society, had been for more than 100 years.
A Jesuit spokesman said that the reason for this move was the society's desire to concentrate its dwindling manpower on parishes with more serious social problems.
The parish has been taken over by two secular priests, Fr John Ellis, who has moved into the centre of the town from Newman House, Littlemore, and Fr David Evans, Fr Ellis told the Herald that the move had "gone very smoothly". The Jesuits first came to Oxford in 1793, after the dangers of the Reformation were more or less over. They came from their centre at Vs'aterperry in Oxfordshire, their headquarters during penal times.
The parish has a distinguished history.