Willie Doyle SJ – Much in the Presence of God
‘this booklet will inform and inspire many particularly younger readers’ Spirituality
‘an informative and reflective narrative…an inspiring book.’ The Furrow
‘packed with biographical detail, points of reflection and an explanation of Doyle’s significance for Christians today – an exceptional and thought-provoking work.’ Intercom
‘[the author] recognises the spiritual qualities that made [Doyle] so respected in his life’ Methodist Recorder
Willie Doyle SJ was born in Dublin in 1873 to an affluent Catholic family and entered the Society of Jesus in 1891. He taught in two Jesuit schools, Clongowes Wood College and Belvedere College and was ordained in 1908. His prayerful nature took him into Retreat Ministry and he sought to bring The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola to as wide an audience as possible. He volunteered as a Chaplain in the First World War where his time in the war saw him demonstrate great acts of heroism. He died attempting to save injured soldiers from the battlefield at Ypres in 1917 and his death came as a great blow to those who had known him. The cause for his canonisation has become increasingly popular in recent times.