When the first Principal of Heythrop College, University of London, Professor F. C. Copleston, SJ, was retiring, an unfortunate choice was made of the final hymn at the College Eucharist marking his departure: "Tarry no longer. Toward thine heritage haste on thy way, and be of right good cheer." This breezy valediction was fortunately not delivered to Fr Brendan Callaghan SJ as he retired recently from Campion Hall as Master.
Before being appointed to the Hall, Brendan had himself studied at Heythrop and then in Oxford and Glasgow Universities, after which he taught psychology of religion for thirty years at Heythrop, eventually becoming its Principal from 1985 to 1997 and supervising its move from Cavendish Square to Kensington Square in 1993. He moved to Campion as Master in 2008 and taught and examined in Oxford and elsewhere until 2013.
Now he has been appointed to a new sensitive European position in the Jesuit order, as Director of Novices in the united Noviceship of the British, Irish, Flemish and Dutch Jesuit Provinces, which will soon move from its present location in Birmingham to a newly constructed building in Dublin. All at the Hall wish Brendan every success in his new role and thank him for all he has done at the Hall, while warmly welcoming his successor as Master, Rev'd Dr James Hanvey, SJ