Jesuit Missions 11 Edge Hill ,
SW19 4LR Wimbledon,

The first English Jesuit in India

  • 7 October 2019
Michael Barnes SJ, Professor of Inter-religious relations at the University of Roehampton will be giving a lecture in the Upper Parish Hall at Sacred Heart church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon on Wednesday October 23rd at 7.30pm.

After recently spending some time in Goa researching the life and writing of Thomas Stephens SJ, Michael Barnes will be celebrating the remarkable story of the first English Jesuit in India who dies 400 years ago (1549-1619).

Thomas Stephens, a native of Bushton in Wiltshire, lived and worked as a missionary in the villages south of Goa for some forty years.  A brilliant linguist and accomplished poet, his greatest work is the Kristapurana, a version of the Old and New Testaments written in classical Hindu epic form.
Today he is regarded by many as the father of Marathi Christian literature and even sometimes called the “Shakespeare of India”. This lecture will celebrate the achievement of a remarkable English Jesuit.