RepositoryJesuits in Britain Archives
Ref NoABSI/SJ/159
TitleFr George Carry SJ (1919-1981) (Zimbabwe Province)
LevelSub fonds
DescriptionThis collection is made up of Fr Carry's Curia file.
Admin_HistoryFr George Benedict Carry SJ was born in Ireland on the 28 September 1919. He was brought up in Leeds where he attended St Michael’s College. He joined the Novitiate at Manresa House (Roehampton) on the 7 September 1937.

Following a tumultuous period during World War II, the 2nd year Juniors of Manresa House were moved to Heythrop College and so Fr Carry became one of the ‘Bellarmine babes’ who were born prematurely to the study of Minor Logic at Heythrop in October 1940. George went to teach at Preston Catholic College in January 1941. He briefly returned in 1948 and was viewed as a valuable master, inside and outside of the classroom. He edited the school magazine, produced the pantomime and concert, and was not shy to involve himself in singing. After a short period of teaching, Carry returned to Heythrop in September 1941 for his Philosophy. Following this and completing a degree in Classics at Oxford, Carry was sent to Lyons in France for his Theology.

Following this, he completed his Tertianship at St Beuno’s in 1954-55. Immediately after he was posted to Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), being part of a large contingent of priests and brothers who in that year came to the relief of the hard-pressed garrison of the Salisbury Mission, exhausted by years of man-power shortage and depletion which the war had accentuated. Fr Carry spent 12 years teaching in Salisbury (now Harare), alternately at St George’s College and St Ignatius’s College. In about 1968 he spent periods of supply work at the Mhondoro Mission and at Braeside. He also did a Shona language course at Prestage House and was later appointed to the seminary at Kinshasa in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). After roughly 6 years he returned to Rhodesia.

Fr Carry kept himself very busy and worked at Dzivaresekwa, Braeside (again) and Rhodesville parish, interspersed with retreat-giving in South Africa. Early in 1977 he became Superior and Parish Priest at the Chishwasha Mission for several years, until finally he was appointed to Salisbury Cathedral where he served as an Assistant Priest for the last 2 and a half years of his life. Fr Carry died suddenly on 22 June 1981.
Related MaterialPhotograph of George Carry in LL&NN vol. 83.84 pp.402-403.
AccessConditionsThe papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to archive material in the Jesuits in Britain Archives.
DS/UK/1645Carry; George (1919-1981); Jesuit Priest1919-1981

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