Stonyhurst College

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...
Allegreto Nuzi
The Pieta gallery in Stonyhurst College contains a remarkable 14th century painting.  This beautiful altarpiece on wood, in its original frame, repays taking a few minutes out of a busy day to appreciate.It was painted by Allegreto Nuzi, a little-known 14th century painter from Fabriano, in Ancona in northern Italy. He served his apprenticeship as a painter in Florence and Siena in the 1340s, where he fused the traditional Sienese Byzantine linear style of painting with the more three-...
Procession to bless the Christian Heritage Centre site at Stonyhurst
On Monday, 1st May, Feast of St Joseph the Worker, the site of Theodore House - the Retreat, Study and Leadership Centre of the Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst (CHC) – was blessed, ahead of building work commencing tomorrow, Tuesday 2nd May.The site, which was originally a 19th century mill providing wheat for Stonyhurst College fell into disrepair, and has now been taken on by the Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst to forward its aims of creating accessibility to the Stonyhurst...
Bob Styles SJ was born in 1936, and became a Catholic after his National Service 1955-7.  He made a pilgrimage through the shrines of France after his National Service, ending up in Lourdes in 1958, in whose baths he experienced his call to become a Jesuit.As a recent convert to Catholicism he received a special dispensation from the Jesuit Superior General to enter the noviciate in 1959.During his regency and after his training taught in Stonyhurst College where he spent fifteen years in...
Praying Monks date unknown
This week these two wooden painted monks, each measuring about seven inches tall, have returned from the City & Guilds of London Arts School. The monk on the left has undergone conservation as a final project in an undergraduate’s degree in Conservation Studies, whilst the other, still showing its red and white patches of wear, is unchanged.The monks are something of a mystery. Their appearance provides the only clues to their history, as on their donation in 1835 by Mr P.G. Blackett, the...
Pelican Shamrock Banner
With the celebration of St Patrick’s Day today, (17th March), our chosen object has an appropriately Irish theme. This processional banner comes from a collection with 7 others, which were used at Stonyhurst on the Feast of Corpus Christi.On that Feast Day, through much of the 19th and 20th centuries, the College would make a procession with the Blessed Sacrament from the Fronts to an altar placed in the gardens to celebrate Mass. Along with a guard-of-honour from the CCF and OTC, many banners...
The Jesuit group outside Wembley SSE Arena. Emma Holland
Pupils from three Jesuit schools represented the Jesuits in Britain at Flame 2017 on Saturday.  They were accompanied by their chaplains James Potter (of Wimbledon College) and Stonyhurst College's Sarah Young, as well as Fr Matthew Power SJ, Vocations Director,  Fr Simon Bishop SJ, the province's Director of Spirituality, and Fr David Stewart SJ of the Ignatian Spirituality Outreach Ministry and National Director of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network.  Fr...
Theresa May should understanding Christians' outrage, writes Joe Egerton
A frequent contributor to Thinking Faith and an alumnus of Stonyhurst College has called on the Prime Minister, Theresa May, to distance herself from what he calls “that small group of Brexiteers” who desire to use EU nationals as bargaining chips, saying they are “violating every canon of liberal and Christian decency”.In a letter published in the Financial Times, Joe Egerton was responding to the suggestion by the FT’s associate editor Wolfgang Münchau who writes a weekly column about the...
Participants gather at Wembley for Flame 2015. Westminster Youth Service
The Jesuits in Britain will joining other Catholic youth organisations and up to 10,000 young people when they gather at Wembley SSE Arena on Saturday for Flame 2017. Encouraged by the success of the Flame events in 2012 and 2015, Flame has now become an important event in the calendar of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.Flame 2017 is organised by the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed) and the organisers are hoping that participants in Flame 2017 will fill the Arena, which...

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