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.).

A New Campion Website

"We dont want just a message board", explained the recently appointed Master, Rev'd James Hanvey, SJ. "We want something fresh which will show the life and the diversity of this international academic and religious community ". And it looks as if that will be the attractive impression given by the new Campion Hall website which will be introduced early in the new year. The aim is to do justice not only to the resident academic and religious community and its activities, but also to the history of the Hall and its striking building and contents.

Campion Hall – What’s In a Name

Campion Hall University of Oxford is named after Edmund Campion, the Jesuit priest who worked underground in Elizabethan England caring spiritually for his persecuted fellow Catholics. Queen Elizabeth’s royal father, Henry VIII, had broken with the Catholic Church when the Pope refused to permit him to divorce his wife, his brother’s widow, in order to marry a second wife in the hope that she would be more successful in producing a male heir to succeed him.


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