Jesuit language school a success in Oxford
In a rich programme, the evenings were put aside for cultural events such as choral evensong at Christ Church Cathedral, an open-air performance of Twelfth Night and a viola concerto.
There were evening talks on topics of Jesuit interest by Prof. Peter Davidson and members of the British Province including Alan Harrison, Gerard Hughes, Nick King and James Hanvey. On other evenings the group settled down to a DVD or a visit to the pub. The experience was deepened by a weekly faith sharing. On Saturdays, the group went outside Oxford to explore English and Jesuit culture and history, with visits to Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral, Manchester to see the Jesuit-run university chaplaincy and the Holy Name Church, Westminster Cathedral and the Tower of London. Seeing the cells in the tower where Jesuit martyrs were imprisoned had a big impact on the group.
Overall, the course was an experience of Jesuit community, of common prayer, study and friendship in the Lord. At Campion Hall, the course participants got a close look at an iconic Jesuit intellectual apostolate. Oxford also provided a rich backdrop to learn about Campion, Hopkins and Newman. The group expressed strong gratitude for the generosity of the British Province in providing this course and hope to recommend it to others or even return themselves.