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Forging the soul: ‘Iñigo’ at the White Bear Theatre

Rev'd James Hanvey, SJ found himself captivated by ‘Iñigo’, Jonathan Moore’s new play about the life of St Ignatius, now on stage at London’s White Bear Theatre. This intelligent production explores ‘that strange asymmetry between the life and the achievement’ of Ignatius, and in doing so it issues the audience with a subtle invitation to participate in the drama of divine presence.

Ignatian Spirituality: James Hanvey

'What Ignatius gives us is not a scholastic or academic theology; it is not a theory, but a theology that is lived and experienced. In this sense, too, our theology becomes a daily action, shaping and making our lives.' To celebrate the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, on 31 July, Rev'd James Hanvey, SJ exposes the theological vision manifested in the Spiritual Exercises and in Ignatius’s life.

Ignatius of Loyola: Theology as a way of living

'What Ignatius gives us is not a scholastic or academic theology; it is not a theory, but a theology that is lived and experienced. In this sense, too, our theology becomes a daily action, shaping and making our lives.' To celebrate the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, on 31 July, Rev'd James Hanvey, SJ exposes the theological vision manifested in the Spiritual Exercises and in Ignatius’s life.

The Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy

Since The Oxford Catholic Chaplaincy was entrusted by the Bishops of England and Wales to the British Jesuits in 2007, it has been part of the pastoral outreach of Campion Hall. At present the Hall provides two official Catholic Chaplains resident in the neighbouring Old Palace, Fr Dushan Croos, SJ, the Senior Catholic Chaplain, and Fr Keith MacMillan, SJ, an Assistant Chaplain; while other members of the Hall make important contributions by helping regularly with Masses, confessions, spiritual guidance and other ministries. 

Treasures of Campion Hall: The Bellarmine Jug

Antique shops can occasionally be found in Britain containing 17th century stoneware jugs of varying sizes, which are distinguished by having a grotesque bearded face carved on the front at the neck. Known generally on the Continent as bartmann, i.e., "bearded", jugs, these pieces of pottery were in England popularly given the name of "Bellarmine jugs", a term evidently intended to convey ridicule.

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.).

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