The 2018 Newman Lecture was organised by Campion Hall in association with St Benet’s Hall and Blackfriars.
The Lecture was delivered by The Rt Hon, the Lord Patten of Barnes, CH PC, Chancellor, University of Oxford, who spoke on ‘The idea of a university in the 21st century’.
Both a text copy and an audio recording of the Chancellor's remarks are available to the left of this page.
The Campion Hall collection contains several sculptures of the Madonna and Child, ranging from the majestic fine metal cast of Michelangelo’s Bruges Madonna donated by Frank Brangwyn, to the intimate French Smiling Madonna dating from the 14th century. One which attracts particular admiration, and even devotion, is the Madonna pictured left, about which today we know almost nothing for sure. Our Curator, Prof Peter Davidson, writes:
(Pictured: Symposiasts pose for a group photograph in front of Campion Hall)
Campion Hall offers its best wishes to Rev Jijimon Joseph SJ (left), from the Indian Kerala Province, studying for the MSt in Syriac Studies; and to Rev Mark Aloysius SJ (right), from the Malay-Singapore Province, working for the DPhil on the political philosopher Hannah Arendt. Both are seen here with the Master as Dean of Degrees, prepraring to matriculate last term.
We are happy to report the appointment of a new Bursar for Campion Hall with effect from January of this year. Mr Alec Thorp is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute; he also has an Open University Diploma in Geosciences. After a successful Sandhurst-trained army career, including being the Army Careers Officer for Gloucestershire, he joined the English education company, Alpha Plus Group, as the Group Bursar of several of its colleges, and worked there as an experienced leader at a strategic level for many years.
Warm congratulations to former Campion Hall member and student Rev. Sumeth Perera SJ from Sri Lanka on recently receiving his DPhil in Genetics. He has now taken up a position as a postdoctoral Fellow in cancer biology at the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland (USA).
Pictured is Sumeth in the Oxford doctoral gown.
(Left Rev'd Dr James Hanvey, SJ, Master of Campion Hall, opens the symposium. See more pictures below.)
On Wednesday 6 December the Connecting Ecologies symposium kicked off with a pair of keynote lectures by two leading experts.
Historically Jesuits have often made a name for themselves as pioneers and explorers in various fields of scientific enterprise and human development; and our own Campion Hall Jesuit, Vijay D’Souza, is combining the modern with the traditional in devoting his Oxford linguistic PhD studies to preserving and promoting the native language of a remote Indian people in the Hima- layan foothills.
On 10 November 2017 Hyacinthe Destivelle OP will deliver a talk on the state of Catholic-Orthodox relations in the age of Pope Francis. Destivelle is in charge of relations with the Slavic Orthodox churches at the Vatican's Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity. He was key in organising the historic Havana meeting between Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and Pope Francis.