St Edmund Campion

Mass at the Church of St Pierre
Fr Provincial Damian Howard SJ took part in celebrations last weekend to mark the 450th anniversary of the founding of the English College at Douai by William Allen in 1568.William Allen was one of a small group of Catholic exiles from Protestant Elizabethan England, where it was treason for Catholic priests to celebrate Mass.  Allen persuaded Pope Pius V to allow him to establish a College at Douai, then in the Spanish Netherlands, where English students could train as priests. The “...
Play review by Paul Nicolson SJLikening the process of discernment to the search for harmony among different voices is an idea with a long history in the Ignatian tradition. Ignatius himself records experiencing the three Persons of the Trinity as notes, played by a key-board instrument, combining to form a chord. If this is your understanding, though, what becomes of the discordant voices, those that are seemingly impossible to fit into the melody?This is one, and only one, of the ideas...
Jan Graffius shows Andrew Graham-Dixon the Campion rope at Stonyhurst
The Collections of Stonyhurst College featured prominently in a documentary broadcast on BBC Four at the weekend. In the programme, Treasures of Heaven, Andrew Graham-Dixon explored the ancient Christian practice of preserving Christian relics and the largely forgotten art form that went with it - the reliquary. His research took him from the Crown of Thorns venerated at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to the martyrdom of St Thomas Becket – and even to more recent events in El Salvador with the...
On Tuesday the annual Tyburn lecture was given by Sir Michael Tugendhat, who until June 2014, served as the most senior “media judge” in England and Wales, trying many high profile cases. He was appointed to the High Court in 2003 and in 2010 he dismissed a  claim for a super-injunction brought by England and Chelsea footballer John Terry.  As a barrister he represented the actor Michael Douglas in his 2002 claim against Hello! magazine.The lecture series was inaugurated...
The trial of one of English Catholicism's most famous martyrs is to be considered by a retired High Court Judge. Sir Michael Tugendhat (below) will be addressing the judicial events of 1581 which led to the execution of St Edmund Campion SJ in the context of human rights. He will be delivering the 14th Tyburn Lecture in London on Tuesday 12 May at Tyburn Convent, close to the site of Campion’s martyrdom.St Edmund Campion was described as “one of the diamonds of England” by Lord Burghley, the...
Edmund Campion SJ
Edmund Campion, born in London in 1540, was soon recognised as one of the most talented scholars of his generation.  He was a master of Latin and Greek literature and philosophy, and distinguished himself for his oratory while at Oxford.  After speaking before Queen Elizabeth, he won the patronage of Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and the Queen’s favourite.Truly, my ingenious young man, you are much beholden to the Queen’s Majesty.   I have been commanded by her to ask...