Stonyhurst College

The memorial to Gabriel Coury is unveiled in Sefton Park, Liverpool. Credit: Christian Smith
A First World War Jesuit alumnus has been honoured in Liverpool, 100 years after being awarded the Victoria Cross.Gabriel Coury was born on 13 June 1896 in Liverpool to an Armenian father and French mother. He was taught by the Jesuits at St Francis Xavier’s College in Liverpool and subsequently at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire (1907 to 1913). On leaving Stonyhurst, he worked as an apprentice in a cotton brokerage and when the war broke out in 1914, he volunteered to join Kitchener...
Pupils from eight schools in Salford diocese at Stonyhurst
The Bishop of Salford addressed Catholic school pupils at an Aid to the Church in Need North-West (ACN-NW) event at Stonyhurst College last Wednesday. The ACN-NW event, ‘Stand Up for Faith and Freedom’, aimed to raise awareness among pupils from schools across Salford Diocese about the plight of persecuted Christians throughout the world.It was organised by Dr Caroline Hull, the manager of ACN-NW with guest speakers and volunteers from Manchester Universities’ Catholic...
Stonyhurst Becket Relic
For the first time in 800 years, a relic of martyr Saint Thomas Becket has returned to the UK for a pilgrimage tour during Becket Week, an ecumenical series of events organised by the Hungarian government. It was reunited alongside others with part of the Archbishop’s skull that has been stored at Stonyhurst College in the Ribble Valley since the 1500s. Both were on display in Westminster Cathedral on Monday, ahead of the week-long pilgrimage from London to Canterbury involving the...
Cardinal Bo visits Stonyhurst College
His Eminence Cardinal Charles Maung Bo visited Stonyhurst College on Saturday 21st May, and delivered an inspiring talk to the students and staff of Stonyhurst College, in which he talked about the role of the Catholic Church and the struggle for religious freedom in his country Burma, or Myanmar.   Cardinal Bo opened his speech noting “a deep appreciation and respect for Jesuit scholarship and learning, and a recognition that Jesuits are the best educators ….You are the...
Lord Deben, Lord Nicholas Windsor, Lady Nicholas Windsor, Fr John Barns, Fr David Baker
Stonyhurst College has received a donation of £2 million this week towards completion of its Christian Heritage Centre project,  an education and faith centre which will house the famous Stonyhurst collection of Christian artefacts and relics and make it accessible to the public for study. The centre will provide an educational programme for people of all ages, enable scholarly research and provide a retreat centre for those seeking to deepen their faith.  The Stonyhurst Collections...
Clare Greenwood trains in Cumbria for the London Marathon
The London Marathon will take place on Sunday 24 April and there is a distinctive international flavour in this year’s Jesuit Missions team. Runners from Germany, Mexico, the USA and the Philippines will be taking part, among the many people who are so generously donating their time and fund-raising efforts in support of the work of Jesuit Missions. The runners include:Christopher Brolly, 27, a first-year Jesuit novice in the British Province based in Birmingham and a first-time marathon runner...
Olivia Walter with the Stonyhurst Environmental Society
Members of the Environmental Society at Stonyhurst College have been learning about Sumatran tigers from someone who has encountered them at close range and is actively working to stop them being poached. Olivia Walter was the Society’s guest speaker last week, describing the huge threat that Sumatran tigers are under from poachers in Kerinci Seblat National Park in Sumatra.Olivia is the Development Manager of Wildlife Vets International and last October she accompanied a group that walked...
Stonyhurst's next Headmaster: John Browne
The new Easter term begins today at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire and with it comes the announcement of its new Headmaster. Mr John Browne, currently the Headmaster of St Aloysius College in Glasgow, will take over from Mr Andrew Johnson at Stonyhurst from this September.In announcing Mr Browne’s appointment, Mr John Cowdall, the Chairman of the Board of Governors at Stonyhurst College, praised Mr Johnson for his ten years of leadership and said that Mr Browne would be joining the Jesuit...
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...
The 1751 manuscript at Stonyhurst College
As Christmas approaches, many choirs and congregations will be singing ‘O Come, all ye faithful’ or its original Latin version ‘Adeste Fideles’. The origins of the hymn have been attributed to various groups and individuals; but both the original Latin and the English translation have strong Jesuit links.Some musical historians credit St Bonaventure with writing the hymn in the 13th century; others say King John IV of Portugal was the author in the 17th century. Various monks including the...

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