Stonyhurst College

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...
Manuscript of Taffy the Welsh Mouse
Having celebrated St David’s Day earlier this week, it seems appropriate that this week’s Object from the Stonyhurst College collection focuses on Wales.  ‘The Mouse Trap’ is a poem written in English and Latin by John Formby, when he was a student at St. Omers in 1729, aged 17. Such poems were written by pupils to be performed on suitable occasions, and it is very likely that The Mouse Trap was declaimed by John Formby on St David’s Day in 1729.It is believed that John Formby is in fact...
Pope Francis accepts the Romero Homilies from Julian Filochowski. Osservatore Romano
As the Catholic Church around the world celebrates the centenary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero – and many continue to anticipate his canonisation – Pope Francis has been presented with six volumes of the English translation of the Salvadorian Archbishop’s homilies.The presentation was made by Jesuit Missions Consultant and Chair of the Archbishop Romero Trust, Julian Filochowski OBE, at the end of the Ash Wednesday General Audience on 1 March in St Peter's Square. "I presented a bag with...
Warriors, Sketch of Augustus Law SJ c1880
There is a small sketchbook in the Stonyhurst College collections, with a number of curious and moving drawings and paintings by a Jesuit priest who is popularly known as the Martyr of the Zambezi.Augustus Law was converted to Catholicism when serving as a junior officer in the Navy. He joined the Jesuits in 1854, and twenty-one years later set sail for South Africa, feeling a strong call to be a missionary. He founded St Aidan’s College for boys in Grahamstown and learnt the Zulu language...
St Omers Customs Book
This week’s object may seem less exciting that some previous examples, consisting as it does of a 20th century typescript of a lost 17th century document, but it is of critical importance in the shaping of the College’s mission early in its history, and has had a lasting, profound effect on the development of the College ethos since 1601.In 1617, the second Rector of St Omers College, Fr Giles Schondonch, became aware that his end was near and he was keen to pass on his hard-won...

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