How far back to the social roots of Marian devotion go? On the evening of 25 May (5:30 p.m.) Prof. Thomas Mathews, John Langeloth Loeb Professor Emeritus in the History of Art from New York University, deliveedr a special lecture at Campion Hall on the "Dawn of Marian Devotion". A full room of more than 40 guests enjoyed Prof Mathews expertise on the topic and engaged in a fruitful Q&A session afterwards.
Throughout the 1970's and beyond, Argentina was ravaged by a so-called 'Dirty War' between government forces and left-wing guerrillas. The consequences of that conflict still can be felt throughout Argentinian society today, not least of all in people's perceptions of the Church and its role in the war.
The writer Evelyn Waugh is famous for many reasons: A sparkling wit, an acerbic tongue, a prolific literary output. Especially in Oxford, Waugh's ghost is never far away. And thanks in part to a deep friendship with former Campion Master Martin D'Arcy, SJ, Waugh's relationship to this Hall in particular was always strong.
Editor's Note: As part of a series on the art and architecture of Campion Hall we'll be highlighting an item or room each week, with a short description penned by Hall Archivist Prof. Peter Davidson and Archival Associate Altair Brandon-Salmon.
The Icon Room
Editor's Note: Master of Campion Hall Rev'd Dr James Hanvey, SJ, originally published the following reflection on the Sacred Heart of Jesus at the online journal of the Jesuits in Britain, Thinking Faith; we are republishing it here with their kind permission. You can see this article in its original format here.
The refurbished Persons Room is painted in colours appropriate to its late 18th century dado and alcoves. The painting over the fireplace is Sébastien Bourdon's Burial of St. Hubert; and on the left, by the window, is The Ecstasy of St. Francis from the studio of Guido Reni.
Throughout the 1970's and beyond, Argentina was ravaged by a so-called 'Dirty War' between government forces and left-wing guerrillas. The consequences of that conflict still can be felt throughout Argentinian society today, not least of all in people's perceptions of the state and the Church and their respective roles in the war.
The Hall recently welcomed Dr Michael Fascia as a Visiting Research Fellow. We’re happy to share with you here a conversation we had recently with Dr Fascia about his research and current project, which sits at the intersection of Ignatian spirituality and contemporary process analysis.
Our conversation was edited for length and content.
Campion Hall: Beyond your position as a Visiting Research Fellow at Campion Hall, what sort of work are you involved with in and beyond Oxford?
What is a human being without desire? Desire arises in every area of our lives. Not only does it give access to our interior world but it is often the way in which we project into the future. In many ways desire is the engine of our life and, whether realized or frustrated, it also shapes it.
Editor's Note: We're grateful to the Campion Hall Archival Associate Altair Brandon-Salmon for the following essay telling the story of one of the Hall's most famous pieces of art.