At the beginning of a new year and new term it is enormously gratifying and encouraging to have The Report on Campion Hall from the Supervisory Committee for the University's Permanent Private Halls (PPHs) referred to in these pages. Seven years ago, the Lucas review of all the University's PPHs commented approvingly of Campion that it provided "evidence of a strong community culture and collective relationships", adding that "there is a preoccupation with intellectual matters, and the research output of the Hall is at a good level of quality".
It will be difficult to think of Campion Hall without Rev'd Nick (Nicholas) King, SJ, so central and respected a figure has he become in the Jesuit and university communities. Yet he has done much more than be an Oxford don.
Having read Greats at St John’s before entering the Jesuit Order, he later returned to take an MPhil in Early Judaism at the Oriental Institute, following that by teaching New Testament studies at Heythrop College and then in seminaries and universities in South Africa for several years.
"Good will is not enough: is there a gap in Kant’s ethics?"
By Professor George Sans SJ, Gregorian University, Rome, 2nd and 4th June 2014
The Martin D’Arcy Memorial Lectures are an annual series established by Campion Hall in 1976 to be delivered, usually by a fellow Jesuit, in honour of the celebrated Master of the Hall from 1933-45.
We extend our warmest congratulations to the following members of the Hall on their recent successes.
Like the other Permanent Private Halls (PPHs) of the University, Campion Hall is subject to a regular visitation by a University Supervisory Committee; and in preparation for its visitation every PPH submits a self-evaluation to the Committee beforehand. Our next issue will report on the recent successful visitation of Campion Hall, which happily combined with a letter from the General of the Society, Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, on The Intellectual Apostolate of the Society.
Welcome to Campion News, our regular newsletter beginning with this issue. In the past we have produced an occasional newsletter, but we plan to publish this one regularly, at the start of each term. We feel we have much to share with our friends, both old and hopefully new. We want to keep you informed about who we are at Campion Hall, what is happening here, and what we are achieving and aiming to achieve. We hope that reading about all this will prove interesting and enjoyable to our readers.
"'The hungry sheep look up and are not fed': the shepherds are all at a conference!" But sometimes conferences can actually be helpful; and with its modern facilities in a scholarly environment Campion Hall in Oxford is showing itself suitable and successful in hosting small select conferences. For instance, in February 2014 fourteen Jesuit Superiors of the Provinces of Western Europe gathered under the direction of the Jesuit General’s Assistant for that region, and discussed common policy topics for a few days.
Campion Hall is a ministry of the Jesuits in Britain as a registered charity number 230165 (Trustees for Roman Catholic Purposes Registered). As a Permanent Private Hall of Oxford University, Campion Hall does not receive any public funding from the Government, nor from any other source. It relies totally on private financial support to meet its costs and activities.
The Hall warmly welcomes all financial donations from individuals as well as institutions
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"The committee was most impressed by the quality of the Hall's students, by its scholarly purposefulness and positive approach. Albeit on a small scale and notwithstanding its single-sex status, Campion Hall seemed to the Committee to provide an exemplar of how an academic community should operate. The high standard of its community based academic life, and the central place of an egalitarian ethos supporting academic endeavour were confirmed by all those whom the Committee met.".
This term look out for the Seminar with economic and financial institutions which will be led by Professor Gael Giraud, SJ, the award-winning French economist, that Campion is planning with the Las Casas Institute, Blackfriars. The subject will be Thomas Picketty's recent work, Capital in the Twenty first Century, which has aroused great interest and varied comments.