Seattle University students on the Ogilvie trail

Students from Seattle University met with Stephen Callaghan this week as part of a Study Abroad course which included analysis of his play “The Martyrdom of St John Ogilvie”.  The play was first produced by AGAP in 2012 and went on a national tour in 2015 to mark the 400th anniversary of the Saint’s martyrdom at Glasgow Cross.

The course, which incorporated the study of a range of texts including the work of JK Rowling, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Virginia Woolf, was organised by Associate Professor of English, Dr Mary Antoinette-Smith.  Students visited London, Edinburgh and Glasgow for the “City Gazing and Detecting Social Justice Abroad in Britain” summer course.

As part of the Glasgow visit, Stephen met the students and their Professor at Glasgow Central Railway Station and took them to St Andrew’s Cathedral to see the painting of St John Ogilvie by Peter Howson, which was specially commissioned for the reopening of the restored Cathedral in 2011.  Then, he led them on the path of Ogilvie’s imprisonment and public execution from Glasgow Cross, up High Street to Glasgow Cathedral, stopping at Provand’s Lordship on the way.  After that, the students took part in a drama workshop with Stephen at AGAP’s base in Townhead, reading from the play and discussing it.

Finally, the students and Dr Smith were welcomed to St Aloysius’ Church, Garnethill, where Father Tim Curtis SJ gave them a tour of the building which houses the national shrine to St John Ogilvie and offered them afternoon tea in the Ogilvie Centre.  Also meeting the students and helping with hospitality was parishioner, Bernadette McCluskey, who played the role of Lady Rachel Spottiswoode in the 2015 production.