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 1654 edition of the Kristapurana
English Jesuit Thomas Stephens SJ has been the subject of a BBC Radio 3 Sunday Feature documentary. Professor Nandini Das, scholar of early travels and voyages of exploration, tracks the life of the author of the Kristapurana, a forgotten jewel of Anglo-Indian contact, in the hour-long radio piece first broadcast on Sunday 18th November.With Protestantism taking over the country during the reign of Elizabeth I, Thomas Stephens SJ fled Britain, finding refuge first in Rome where he entered the...
Michael Shen Fuzong by Sir Godfrey Kneller © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Nick Austin SJ and Frank Turner SJ were guests at a recent dinner at St Hugh’s College in Oxford, marking the opening of an exhibition about the life of Michael Shen Fu-Tsung, described as “the first Chinese visitor to Oxford”.Shen, a highly educated convert to Catholicism, was brought to Europe by a Walloon Jesuit, Philippe Couplet, a noted scholar of Confucian philosophy and Procurator of the China Jesuit Missions, in 1682, as part of a campaign to gain support for the Jesuit missions in...
Heythrop Collection of over 250,000 titles to be listed online and available at Senate House Library following Heythrop College Closure.Heythrop College Library will be closing after the end of the academic year 2017-2018. The collection of over 250,000 volumes of books and bound volumes of periodicals, widely regarded as one of the finest collections of theology and philosophy in the UK, will continue to be made accessible onsite – many discoverable online for the first time - to readers...
The Jesuits in Britain are pleased to announce that a new research institute called the Laudato Si’ Institute (LSI) is being established at Campion Hall, the Jesuit permanent private hall of the University of Oxford. The LSI will be established during the academic year 2018-2019 and will formally open in September 2019.The aim of the Laudato Si’ Institute is to foster interdisciplinary research arising out of the intellectual challenges presented most vividly in Pope Francis’ encyclical letter...
Campion Hall, University of Oxford in association with Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford and Jesuit Refugee Service International, Rome, has announced the Pedro Arrupe Research Fellowship in Forced Migration.This exciting new two-year Fellowship is a collaboration between Campion Hall, the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), and Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) International. The Fellow will design an independent academic research programme relating to forced migration to be undertaken over...
Connecting Ecologies Group
Calling for a concerted effort occurs regularly in simple situations like competing in a tug-of-war contest or moving a piano. Recently, at Campion Hall the exhortation was issued on a much larger, literally cosmic, scale in the interdisciplinary Symposium devoted to the topic of ‘Connecting Ecologies’.The Symposium was held from 6-9 December 2017 and involved some forty scholars and experts from several countries who devoted their widespread learning and varied experience to seeking a shared...
Fr Sumeth Perera SJ in his lab
We congratulate Fr Sumeth Perera SJ who has been awarded a distinguished Oxford doctorate in genetics. Fr Perera, who is a member of the Sri Lanka Province, has been studying in Britain since 2012, first for an MRes in Biochemistry at Imperial College London, and then at Campion Hall Oxford for doctoral studies focussing on cancer research.“Cancer treatments are becoming increasingly sophisticated,” he explains, “but there are still major gaps in our understanding of how treatments work...
Edmund Campion and Evelyn Waugh
How did the patron saint of the Jesuits in Britain, who was martyred on 1 December 1581, transform the life of one England’s most celebrated authors nearly 400 years later? Gerard Kilroy, the co-editor of a new edition of Evelyn Waugh's Edmund Campion, describes the motivations behind and evolution of Waugh’s ‘work of imaginative literature’.  Thomas More and John Fisher were canonised by Pope Pius XI on 19 May 1935; in the same month, Evelyn Waugh finished writing his gripping...
I was brought up in a solid Catholic family and spent some years in the strange environment of a ‘junior seminary’ preparing to be a diocesan priest. After leaving the seminary at the age of eighteen, I gradually slipped away from the Church.It was too late to apply to university: instead, I worked for some years in banking. Aged 22, I had fortunate opportunity of transferring to an international bank, working for 15 months in Ghana. Relatively quick promotion convinced me that banking, at any...
I’m Brendan Callaghan, currently Superior of the Manchester Jesuit community which looks after the Manchester Universities' Catholic chaplaincy.  Before that I was Novice Master for “the Four Provinces” (Britain, Ireland, Flanders, and the Netherlands) from 2014-2017. From 1980 to 2013 I was working at Heythrop College and Campion Hall, the two University Colleges run by the Jesuits in the Universities of London and Oxford respectively, teaching psychology of religion and holding...

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