The Campion Hall community marked the end of Hilary Term 2018 last week, and in doing so had the opportunity to say farewell to one of the Hall’s most senior and distinguished members. After teaching philosophy for nearly three decades at Heythrop College in London, Rev’d Dr Gerry Hughes, SJ, led Campion Hall as Master from 1998 to 2006; he continued to tutor in philosophy at the Hall after his term as Master came to an end, and in recent years has served as a source of guidance, wit, and wisdom for all members of the Campion community. Gerry has now moved to the Jesuit community of Corpus Christi at Boscombe in Bournemouth, but the end of term provided a chance to thank him for his many years of service to the Hall and to the Society. Rev’d Nick King, SJ, a former student of Gerry’s, spoke movingly at the farewell dinner, praising his former tutor’s gift for teaching and his broad learning. The current Master, Rev’d James Hanvey, SJ, likewise recognized Gerry for his steady leadership of the Hall and his patience and grace as a tutor.
The Hall was also pleased to welcome back Visiting Music Scholar Mro. Hamish Dustagheer, Maestro di Cappella of St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valetta, Malta, who played the organ for the Hall’s end-of-term Mass. A frequent performer across Europe, Hamish completed an MPhil in Music under the direction of New College’s Prof. Robert Quinney and Campion Senior Tutor Dr Philip Kennedy.