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Fr Joseph Munitiz SJ and Dr Bram Roosen
The life of a Jesuit scholar can be an austere one, with hour upon hour of solitary study, usually on a topic little understood by your Jesuit brothers. Moments of recognition can be few and far between. One such moment took place on 22nd August at Campion Hall in Oxford when a group gathered to celebrate the life achievement of a Jesuit of the British Province, Fr Joe Munitiz SJ.Fr Munitiz has spent his life studying Byzantine manuscripts. In the academy, his name is associated with scholarly...
Language school participants visit Iffley Church on their riverside walk back from Littlemore.
In July six Jesuits from Vietnam, DR Congo, Madagascar, Poland and Spain arrived at Campion Hall to take part in the annual English language summer school organised by the British province. For four weeks, the students attended classes at a local language school Monday to Friday where they not only honed their written and spoken English but joined their classmates for a variety of social and cultural activities, enjoying walking tours and sight-seeing in Oxford and even trying their hands at...
Campion Hall celebrated the book launch of Gavin Flood's Religion and the Philosophy of Life (Oxford University Press. 2019) on 30th April.Friends, colleagues, and students gathered in the sun to mark the release of this exciting new work, which "reveals how religion as the source of civilization transforms the fundamental bio-sociology of humans through language and the somatic exploration of religious ritual and prayer", as described on the publisher's website.The book, which deals with...
Michael Shen Fuzong by Sir Godfrey Kneller © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Nick Austin SJ and Frank Turner SJ were guests at a recent dinner at St Hugh’s College in Oxford, marking the opening of an exhibition about the life of Michael Shen Fu-Tsung, described as “the first Chinese visitor to Oxford”.Shen, a highly educated convert to Catholicism, was brought to Europe by a Walloon Jesuit, Philippe Couplet, a noted scholar of Confucian philosophy and Procurator of the China Jesuit Missions, in 1682, as part of a campaign to gain support for the Jesuit missions in...
“What better way to celebrate the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola but by commemorating this chapel built under his patronage and in his honour!” Revd Dr Joseph Munitiz SJ opened with these words the unveiling of a blue plaque commemorating the former St Ignatius’ Chapel in Oxford.On the 31st July, Rt Revd William Kenney, CP, Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham officiated the ceremony for the presentation of the sign in Angel Court, 81 St Clement's Street, marking the...
St Aloysius' Church, Oxford
145 years ago, on the 20th of May 1873, Oscar Wilde and a companion were among a large crowd that watched as Dr William Bernard Ullathorne, the first Bishop of Birmingham, laid the foundation stone of the first Catholic church to be built in the centre of Oxford since the Reformation: St Aloysius’. According to Fr John Morris SJ who was also present at the occasion:The weather, on which an out-door function is so entirely dependent, was magnificent; and the attendance on the occasion was large...
A Post Truth World image cover
The Hurtado Jesuit Centre in Wapping will be welcoming Oxford-based research scientist, Baroness Susan Greenfield to their evening seminar.At the event scheduled to take place on the 6th of February, Baroness Susan Greenfield, who is also an author and broadcaster will be participating in a discussion based on her frontier work on the brain as a neuroscientist. In the context of the seminars ‘A Post Truth Word- Are We Losing Our Minds?’, Baroness Susan Greenfield will present the topic ‘The...
Campion Hall is indebted to the Friends of the National Libraries for a grant which has made possible the purchase of a small but fascinating archive of notes and drawings by the painter Charles Mahoney (1903 -68).These relate mostly to the murals of the Hall’s Lady Chapel subsidised by Evelyn Waugh and painted by Mahoney in 1942-52 (see issue no. 5); but there is also a sketch in the hand of Sir Edward Lutyens, the Hall’s architect, of an early project for the possible completion of the Hall...
Jesuits from all over the world learn English
In a rich programme, the evenings were put aside for cultural events such as choral evensong at Christ Church Cathedral, an open-air performance of Twelfth Night and a viola concerto.There were evening talks on topics of Jesuit interest by Prof. Peter Davidson and members of the British Province including Alan Harrison, Gerard  Hughes, Nick King and James Hanvey. On other evenings the group settled down to a DVD or a visit to the pub. The experience was deepened by a weekly faith sharing....
Campion Hall
Last week, on Thursday 15 June, Shared Vision 3 took place at Campion Hall in Oxford.Shared Vision is a programme of formation for teachers and support staff who work in Jesuits schools.Teachers and support staff from the eleven Jesuit schools in the UK, as well as from the Niels Steensens Gymnasium in Copenhagen and Cardinal Griffin Catholic College in Cannock, were invited to learn about the tradition of Jesuit education and the history of the Society of Jesus.All teachers in Jesuit schools...

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