Senior Research Fellow Rev'd Professor John Barton FBA, Emeritus Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, presenting his latest book to an appreciative audience in the Campion Hall Common Room.
Rev'd Vijay D’Souza, SJ is engaged in his Oxford MPhil programme on an in depth study of Hrusso Aka and other minority languages which are found in North-East India. Most of these languages and cultures are currently endangered, and in typically Jesuit fashion, Vijay is working for their survival and flourishing.
Rev'd James Hanvey, SJ presented papers which he delivered at three major conferences whose proceedings have been recently published. The first was enitled ‘Dignity, Person, Imago Trinitatis’, delivered at an Oxford conference on human dignity which was followed by its organiser, Professor Christopher McCrudden, editing the conference’s proceedings under the title Understanding Human Dignity (Oxford 2013).
Rev'd Jack Mahoney, SJ presented a republication in 2013 by Bloomsbury Press of his study, Teaching Business Ethics in the UK, Europe, and the USA. This was originally published in 1990 by the Athlone Press, since taken over by Bloomsbury, who judged it a historically significant "seminal study", worth reissuing in 2013 in the Philosophy Division of Bloomsbury Academic Collections.
Rev'd Joe Munitiz, SJ has recently produced two works, of which the first is Theognostos, Treasury; Introduction, translation and notes, Corpus Christianorum in Translation 161, Brepols, Turnhout, 2013.
Rev'd Nicholas King, SJ has followed up his monumental translation of the Greek Bible with The Helplessness of God, which sprang from a sense of unease about the way in which governance was sometimes exercised in the Church.
Rev'd Gerry J Hughes, SJ presented two recent works, one related to his established work on Aristotle's Ethics; and the other consisting of a major article drawing on the translation, in which Hughes collaborated, of a Latin 18th century study of the Church in China.
St Martin, a Roman soldier, gave his cloak to a beggar, later revealed to have been Christ. Here he is dressed as a WW1 cavalry officer. The features of D'Arcy are at his request those of the beggar and not of the saint. The carving by Eric Gill, a friend of D'Arcy, was donated by the Society for the Destitute, in recognition of generous help given by D'Arcy (whose social preoccupations are not usually recognized).
Thanks to Fr Martin D'Arcy the Hall possesses a remarkable collection of about two dozen high-quality chasubles, in addition to several dalmatics and copes. As an example, the so-called "Bassett" vestment (named after the donor) is worth special attention. It is a faded blue velvet Roman chasuble made up of orphreys, the earliest containing an English 15th c. panel: set in a frame of panelled pilasters, supporting a canopy of a ribbed vault under a curving balcony, a King appears holding a bag and a ring.