Relic

Photograph of a white man wearing a skull cap
In 2018, shortly before the final closure of Heythrop, a Jesuit-run college of the University of London, some very special items arrived at the Jesuits in Britain Archives: a quill, collar, scarlet skullcap and cardinal’s biretta, all of which had belonged to John Henry Newman (1801-1890). It is not known how the items came to be at Heythrop but they had, for some time, been living in a desk drawer in the librarian’s office. With the closure of the college imminent, the Archives were selected...
Since 2015, the Jesuits in Britain Archives have held an annual open day in November for the Jesuit community and staff to coincide with the Explore Your Archive launch week. Explore Your Archive is an Archives and Records Association tool for public and private organisations across the UK and Ireland to showcase hidden gems stored in their collections. Over the years we have put on displays focussing on various themes, such as ArchI’ve Explored, which aimed to introduce the wide range of...
R/50 contains 60 relics of saints of the early church, pieces from the cross, the table of the last supper, and the column of flagellation of Christ
In this blog post Jonathan Roche, a PhD student who undertook work experience in the Jesuits in Britain Archives, gives an account of his work cataloguing the relics. The Jesuits in Britain Archive holds a large, previously uncatalogued collection of relics and associated items. Over the past few months I have spent two to three days a week working on them, examining each in turn to prepare a detailed list for the archivist. Relics are not usually found in archives, but then Jesuits in...
Final preparations are underway in El Salvador for the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Among the British representatives who will be at the ceremony of Saturday will be Julian Filochowski, the Chair of the Oscar Romero Trust, and the curator of Stonyhurst College, Jan Graffius. The Jesuit parish of the Immaculate Conception (Farm Street) in London will be celebrating the occasion at the weekend, when it receives a relic of the newly beatified Archbishop. Part of the vestments...