Campion Day 2018 at Stonyhurst

Stonyhurst has enjoyed various celebratory events on Friday 30th November to mark the feast day of Saint Edmund Campion SJ, which occurs on the 1st December.

The Guest of Honour for Campion Day was the Papal Nuncio, HE Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams. Archbishop Adams celebrated mass in St Peter’s Church for the Stonyhurst community. He preached about the example of St Edmund Campion and about faithfulness and mission.

The Stonyhurst College Choir was joined by the Choristers of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral in an uplifting celebration. The Archbishop wore a chasuble which belonged to King Henry VII and was worn by Cardinal Wolsey at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520.

The Archbishop was guest at a lunch attended by the College pupils. In the afternoon pupils took part in over twenty Campion Day service challenges within the local community.

The Xavier Project skype group at St Mary's Hall sell tuck shop sweets to raise fund for the Xavier Project, which the school supports in collaboration with St Edward's College. The programme aims to provide pioneering education that enables refugees in Kenya and Uganda to lead fulfilled lives.  The organisation works in partnership with UNICEF and the UN Refugee Agency.

St Mary's Hall pupils selling tuck shop sweets to raise fund for the Xavier Project

Laura Hutchings, Director of Marketing, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Archbishop to Stonyhurst to lead the Holy Mass on Campion Day. His poignant and inspirational words had a striking effect on pupils, staff and the many other members of the Stonyhurst community who joined us to mark this special occasion.

"Following Mass, pupils had the afternoon ‘off timetable’ so that they could undertake activities relating to our Jesuit Pope’s letter, Laudato Si'. Their choices included tree planting, cleaning the local cemetery, meeting local refugees and reflective activities based on the theme of caring for our Common Home. The day was topped off with Stonyhurst’s Got Talent, which celebrated our pupils’ many talents, and a fantastic College drama production, The Pirates of Penzance.”

This article first appeared on the website of Stonyhurst.

Stonyhurst College students with HE Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams