From The Master: Michaelmas Term 2014

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. This is a field in which the Society has made a distinguished contribution since its foundation, and I would like here to observe that preparing the Hall's self-evaluation for the Visitation and studying the General's letter have stimulated us to consider how we wish to expand Campion's activities in the near future.

This will include reviving the Arrupe Lectureship, which was successfully set up in honour of the venerated Jesuit Superior General, Father Pedro Arrupe, to collaborate with the international Jesuit Refugee Service which he founded. We shall also be seeking to establish a range of senior and junior research fellowships and bursaries for visiting scholars., which can be in the fields of: science, social and economic justice; Catholic social and ethical thought; theology and contemporary culture; Christianity and world religions; Ignatian spirituality and other spiritual and mystical traditions; and theology, spirituality and the creative arts.

Such academic expansion will require substantial funding; and it is not too early for our friends to begin considering how they may share in expanding our intellectual mission by contributing to our finances. The Hall is warmly grateful for generous donations received recently, and in response to enquiry we print on page 12 below a form for UK benefactors to use to arrange a regular donation to Campion Hall by banker's order. I shall welcome any approach to discuss this or any other possible collaborations in the work of Campion Hall.