Stonyhurst College

Stephen Withnell, Governor of Stonyhurst College and Westminster Cathedral Choir School and new Director of Strategic Development at Stonyhurst, has recently written a comment piece for The Catholic Herald on his appointment and on the future projects for the school.A year of celebrations begins at Stonyhurst this September, marking the college’s 425th anniversary. Founded in 1593 in Saint Omer, the school moved to Bruges and Liège before settling at Stonyhurst in Lancashire in 1794. The oldest...
Charles Waterton’s natural history specimens. Copyright: Stonyhurst College Collections
Last week’s edition of The Universe contains an article by Fr Damian Howard SJ, Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, about a collection of preserved animals brought together by Charles Waterton, an alumnus of Stonyhurst College.In the first half of the 19th century, Waterton made several trips to British Guiana (now Guyana), building an impressive collection of specimens, many of which can still be seen in the recently renovated museum of the College.On his return to Britain from his last...
This year's Stonyhurst Great Academies, on the 26th May, saw a special award presented to John Cowdall, longstanding Chair of Governors at Stonyhurst College, by Fr Provincial Damian Howard SJ."The Campion Medal is awarded by the Jesuits in Britain to those men and women who have most closely collaborated in its mission with a spirit a generosity for the glory of God and the common good," said Fr Damian. "It is with sincere gratitude that it is presented this year to John Cowdall, in...
The Governors and Headmaster of Stonyhurst College are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Stephen Withnell as Director of Strategic Development. Stephen is an alumnus of the College and a current Governor of Stonyhurst. He has made an outstanding contribution as a Governor and it is good news that he has chosen to join the College Executive to focus on this important role.Stephen's appointment will bring a unique combination of experience and expertise to complement that of the...
Bishop John Arnold with Confirmation candidates
On Sunday 6 May, forty Stonyhurst pupils received the Sacrament of Confirmation by Right Reverend Bishop John Arnold, Bishop of Salford, in St Peter’s Church.The Bishop, who had indeed a very busy weekend as the previous afternoon had been in Walsingham, was very generous with his time, spending a good part of his visit talking with the pupils and their families.“The day was a celebration of both our Faith and the diversity and international nature of our young people at Stonyhurst," says ...
Gabriel, Charlie and Greg
                 As our marathon runners enter the final stage of their training, we meet three Stonyhurst alumni who will be making their contribution to team JM this year - raising money to support the Jesuit Missions work educating refugees in Uganda and empowering women in Darjeeling.Charlie Jolleys and Greg Jansen were friends in the class of 2011.  This will be the first marathon for both of them,...
Dr Rick Jolly with his medals Credit Guy Manning
A former student of Stonyhurst College, the only soldier to receive an award from both Britain and Argentina after the Falklands War, has died at the age of 71.  A surgeon captain in Commando 42, Dr Rick Jolly commanded a field hospital at Ajax Bay which treated over a thousand casualties. It was described as 'The Red and Green Life Machine' and treated casualties on both sides successfully.  In an interview with the BBC, Dr Jolly was very proud to declare that everyone who entered...
Gartmore House
Just before breaking for Christmas St Aloysius College in Glasgow held its Kairos retreats. The retreats are for the 16 and 17 year old students and took place over four days. Four different places hosted the retreats: St Mary's Redemptorist Monastery in Kinnoull, Perth; Gartmore House near Stirling; Stonyhurst College; and Minsteracres Retreat Centre in Consett, Northumberland.Over the four days, the students are lead by group leaders, 17 and 18 year old St Aloysius students who took part in...
September is the start of the new academic year as children all over the country head back to school. The Society of Jesus is recognised throughout the world for its work in establishing and running schools, colleges and universities. This blog post gives a brief overview of some of the collections of school records held here at the Jesuits in Britain Archives and, in particular, the records of Mount St Mary’s College, which is celebrating the 175th anniversary of its establishment this...
Tim Henman with Stonyhurst College students
Budding tennis players gained tips from the top as former British No 1 Tim Henman played guest of honour at the opening of a new world-class tennis dome at Stonyhurst College.Costing £580,000, the  new 1,375 sq meter air dome facility titled ‘the Glassbrook Dome’ was officially opened by the four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist. The tennis legend was on-hand to share his expert tips and meet with pupils via an interactive coaching session on court. This was followed by a traditional...

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