Edmund Campion SJ

Damian Howard SJ at Nick Austin SJ's final vows
Homily by Fr Provincial Damian Howard at the Final Vows Mass of Nicholas Austin SJ, 1st December 2017.Nicholas Owen Austin’s adventure in the Society of Jesus began in September 1996 when he entered the novitiate in Birmingham under the druidic tutelage of the late Fr Patrick Purnell, a much-missed Welsh Jesuit. Two years later Nick pronounced his first vows during a Mass celebrated in Harborne, Birmingham. On that occasion, he promised that, at a later date, he would “enter the Society of...
The Universe has published an article linking Red Wednesday with the rope of St Edmund Campion SJ which is kept at Stonyhurst.  Red Wednesday will take place on November 22nd and is organised by Aid to the Church in Need to support all those who are being persecuted for their faith.  Churches and public buildings are illuminated with red light and people are encouraged to wear red clothing. There are social media resources, prayer resources and assembly packs available on their...
On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of All Saints' Church in Wittenberg – or so the story goes. Although this part of the story is likely to be myth, the year 1517 was to be a turning point in history. In that year Luther’s Theses, originally sent to the Archbishop of Mainz in protest of the sale of indulgences, were printed in several locations across Germany; in January 1518 they were translated from Latin to German, and within two weeks, copies had...
St Edmund Campion SJ (1540-1581)
Since 1886, Campion Day (1 December) has had special significance for Stonyhurst College in Lancashire.  It was in that year that Edmund Campion SJ was beatified, and since then, his feast has been kept with solemnity and joy, up to the present day. This year, the College marked 130 years since the beatification and the 455th anniversary of Campion's martyrdom with an all-day retreat.Two items from the College and Jesuit Collections featured as part of the retreat. The small silver...
Shakeshafte - a new play by Rowan Williams will be presented at the Dylan Thomas Theatre, Swansea Marina, July 27th-30th at 7.30pmThe former Archbishop of Canterbury used to act in productions with this amateur Swansea compnay back in the 1960s.It is 1581 and the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I, is half way through her long reign, but not all her people are happy to turn from their Catholic past and obey the Protestant regime.Talk of Catholic invasions and assassination of the Queen is rife and...
A copy of a famous document written by the Jesuit martyr, St Edmund Campion SJ, has gone on display at Stonor Park, the house in south Oxfordshire where it was secretly produced more than 400 years ago.  The copy of his Decem Rationes (Ten Reasons) is believed to be one of just five in the world. The Jesuits in Britain also have copies in their Archives but they are not as old: they date from 1584 and 1631. The Stonor copy, which has been loaned by the Diocese of Portsmouth, dates from...