Cardinal honours Jesuit education at Stonyhurst

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, was the guest of honour at Stonyhurst’s prize-giving this year. In his address to parents and pupils at the historic Jesuit school in Lancashire, the most senior member of the Catholic Church in England and Wales described Pope Francis as the finest exponent of Jesuit education, for his focus on the human person.

Cardinal Nichols said that, it was clear from meeting his Holiness in Rome that the generosity and love Pope Francis shows to everyone he encounters springs from a profound sense of peace and faith.

In his address at prize-giving, the school's Headmaster, Andrew Johnson, spoke about St Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits, and his commitment to education. Stonyhurst, Mr Johnson said, seeks to enable the "human flourishing" Ignatius cited as the main purpose of education, by developing young people’s faith, self-awareness and leadership so that they may be a force for good. "These are the core benefits of a Jesuit education," he said. 

There are 3,780 Jesuit schools, colleges and universities worldwide, educating 3.5 million people in 70 different countries. The Headmaster reminded parents, governors, pupils and guests that Stonyhurst is the oldest surviving Jesuit school in the world."It is part of an educational continuum whose values and approach really have stood the test of time, being as relevant today as they were 450 years ago,” said Mr Johnson.

Photo: Andrew Johnson (Headmaster), Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Harriet Shepherd (Head of the Line)