Stonyhurst College

St Omers Customs Book
This week’s object may seem less exciting that some previous examples, consisting as it does of a 20th century typescript of a lost 17th century document, but it is of critical importance in the shaping of the College’s mission early in its history, and has had a lasting, profound effect on the development of the College ethos since 1601.In 1617, the second Rector of St Omers College, Fr Giles Schondonch, became aware that his end was near and he was keen to pass on his hard-won...
Manuscript LXV c1475-1525
Among Stonyhurst’s medieval manuscripts are some of the most significant and famous books in the College’s collection: a rare copy of Froissart’s Chronicle of the Hundred Years’ War with France, an illuminated book of hours once belonging to Henry VIII’s mother, Elizabeth of York, and an early manuscript copy of Chaucer, among many other pieces. However, this week’s object, whilst not particularly famous, is certainly one of the most beautiful in the...
St Omers Lamb Chasuble Mid-17th century, restored 1827
We begin a series of blog posts from Stonyhurst College.  Each week we highlight a different object from their extensive collection of relics and artefacts which represent the oldest museum in the English speaking world.  Since 1609 thousands of ancient, precious and sacred objects have been entrusted to the Jesuits and the College, reflecting its unique role as a sanctuary for world culture spanning millennia.This object for this week has been chosen to celebrate the Feast Day of St...
Alumnus Fr J. Patrick Hough SJ at Jesuit High School, Tampa, Florida
A former altar server at St Peter’s Stonyhurst and an alumnus of Stonyhurst College has shared highlights of his past year at the Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida, with parishioners, students and staff in Lancashire. Writing in the Christmas newsletter for St Peter’s, St Joseph’s, Hurst Green (where he was also a pupil) and the Stonyhurst Community, Fr J. Patrick Hough SJ, reflected on Jesuit education and service, pilgrimages and retreats.The Jesuit High School in Tampa,...
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...
Red Wednesday: solidarity for those who suffer for their beliefs
Stonyhurst College in Lancashire will be among the major faith institutions across the country that will join with Aid to the Church in Need by illuminating their buildings in red tomorrow to honour those who suffer because of their religion. Red Wednesday is an occasion for people to stand in solidarity with the millions who are targeted for their beliefs and are living in fear. It takes place on the Feast of the Pope and Martyr, St Clement, and a growing number of parishes, schools and...
John McCarthy with some of the Stonyhurst Sixth Formers
John McCarthy, who spent six years in captivity in Lebanon between 1986 and 1991, has shared his experiences with Sixth Form pupils and staff at Stonyhurst College. Despite being the United Kingdom’s longest held hostage in Lebanon, he was able to express his lack of bitterness towards his captors and tell the students how humour and conversation with a fellow captive helped him cope.A former journalist with United Press International Television News, John McCarthy was kidnapped by...
Lieutenant Patrick Joseph McCusker, 1894 - 1916
Relatives of a Stonyhurst alumnus who died in World War I will be travelling to the Somme Battlefields next month to mark the centenary of his death.Lieutenant Patrick Joseph McCusker was born on 24 March 1894 in Neilston, a village and parish in East Renfrewshire in the west central Lowlands of Scotland. After being educated by the Jesuits at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, he returned to Scotland to study medicine at Glasgow University before receiving his commission. In 1916, it was...
Detail of the canvas of Fr Henry Garnet SJ. Photos: Ken Vance SJ
Paintings of three English Jesuit martyrs have been located in the crypt of St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham. It is possible they are companions to a canvas of Blessed Edward Oldcorne SJ that is displayed in the Catholic college dedicated to him in Worcester.The canvases of Br Ralph Ashley SJ, Br Nicholas Owen SJ and Fr Henry Garnet SJ are believed to date back to Victorian times and have been described by the Curator of the Stonyhurst Collection, Jan Graffius, as “really special...
Sir Thomas More by Hans Holbein the Younger. Commons Wikipedia
The Curator of the Collections at Stonyhurst College will be helping to launch a major exhibition in Washington DC this week, on the life and legacy of St Thomas More. More than 60 relics and artefacts will be on display at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine for the exhibition entitled God’s Servant First: The Life and Legacy of Thomas More. Between now and the end of March 2017, it will aim to bring to life the courageous witness of the Catholic martyr whom Pope John Paul II declared...

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