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.
As Trinity Term came to a close, the Hall was pleased to host its annual Garden Party.
Guests mingled and chatted under a clear sky and amidst the vibrant colors of the Hall green. Many visitors look forward to the Party each year as a highlight of the Oxford summertime social calendar; others were excited to be coming to the Hall for the very first time, visiting friends, colleagues, or teachers from the previous year.
Thanks to Hall member Alejandro Olayo-Mendez, SJ, for the kind permission to use the photographs below.
On 7th June, the Hall hosted a reflexive workshop on “Theological imaginaries and models of development”, organised by Dr Séverine Deneulin, who is senior lecturer in International Development at the University of Bath, and Emilio Travieso, of Campion Hall.
Connecting Ecologies: Rehabilitating Our Common Home
Theological imaginaries and models of development: A reflexive workshop
Campion Hall, Oxford
Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 1.30-5.30pm
A large proportion of development actors in Latin America are inspired by their Catholic faith and act through Catholic institutions. At the same time, Latin America has been the site of plural Catholic theologies with explicit social and political implications. This exploratory workshop aims to understand how distinct theological imaginaries shape models of social action (and vice versa).