Treasures of Campion Hall: The Library

Today the main Library Room at Campion Hall balances the Dining Room, and fills all the narrow ground floor of the site Lutyens had at his disposal. The legend is that for aesthetic reasons (to enhance the feeling of height) he wanted the books to be arranged simply by size, with the smaller ones on the top shelves and the larger ones lower down. Fortunately the Librarians thought otherwise. Principal among these was Fr Vincent Bywater, to whom we owe the present classification system, with letters indicating the respective areas – including F for Fun (music, sport, etc.).

The Newman Lecture 2015

Dr Lisa Sowle Cahill, the internationally distinguished American moral theologian and ethicist, delievered the annual Newman Lecture at Campion Hall on Friday 6th March at 5 p.m. After graduating as a theologian from the Jesuit Santa Clara University, she proceeded to the University of Chicago Divinity School to take her PhD under the supervision of James Gustafson. Having been Visiting Professor of Catholic Theology at Yale University, she is now J. Donald Monan Professor at Boston College.

A New Campion Website

"We dont want just a message board", explained the recently appointed Master, Rev'd James Hanvey, SJ. "We want something fresh which will show the life and the diversity of this international academic and religious community ". And it looks as if that will be the attractive impression given by the new Campion Hall website which will be introduced early in the new year. The aim is to do justice not only to the resident academic and religious community and its activities, but also to the history of the Hall and its striking building and contents.

Campion Hall – What’s In a Name

Campion Hall University of Oxford is named after Edmund Campion, the Jesuit priest who worked underground in Elizabethan England caring spiritually for his persecuted fellow Catholics. Queen Elizabeth’s royal father, Henry VIII, had broken with the Catholic Church when the Pope refused to permit him to divorce his wife, his brother’s widow, in order to marry a second wife in the hope that she would be more successful in producing a male heir to succeed him.

Georgetown Visitors

We welcome Dr Oriana Skylar Mastro and her husband, Arzan, who will be with us during Hilary and Michaelmas terms.

She is an assistant professor of security studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. After graduating in East Asian Studies at Stanford, she gained her doctorate in Politics at Princeton University, and is a Fellow of several security institutions. Her current focus includes Chinese military and security policy and Asia-Pacific security issues.

Matriculations 2014

In many non-collegiate universities, the term "matriculation" refers simply to students being listed and registered with the university. In Oxford, however, a student is first accepted by a college, and then he or she is presented formally by their college to the University at a matriculation ceremony held in the Sheldonian Theatre, at which each is accepted by the University to study for an appropriate degree.

Jesuit Alumni Lunch

Just before the Christmas vacation the Hall held another lunch for Jesuit alumnae and alumni studying at the university, which was well attended and very much enjoyed by all. Maintaining their connection with the Society is something which is greatly valued by both parties. Further regular events are planned for the future, including a Holy Week retreat to be held in the Hall for our former Jesuit students.


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