Stonyhurst

Photograph of Stonyhurst College
On 21 August 1834, Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ died at Lowe House, St Helens. Born in Draycott, near Painsley in Staffordshire, in 1748, and entering the Society in 1767, those who have some knowledge of British Jesuit history might realise that Fr Stone would have been witness to a particularly significant, and turbulent, period for British Jesuits and the Society as a whole.Catholic education in England and Wales had been outlawed since Elizabethan times, so, in order to provide an education for...
A prestigious cricket match held on 4 July 2018 at Stonyhurst College between the Stonyhurst Gentlemen’s XI and the Vatican (St Peter’s) Cricket Team, known as the Vatican XI, has ended in a spectacular victory for the visiting side.Staff and alumni from the famous British school formed a special Stonyhurst Gentlemen’s XI for the occasion. The match at Stonyhurst College was the first fixture of the Vatican XI’s 4th Light of Faith Tour of England. The Vatican XI comprises priests and...
Portrait of Fr Stephen Perry SJ
The Jesuits and wider Catholic Church have a long history with astronomy. In October 1582, Pope Gregory XIII introduced the new Gregorian calendar to replace the Julian system which, by that time, had drifted by ten days. The new calendar also altered the lunar cycle used by the Church to calculate the date for Easter, restoring it to the time of the year as originally celebrated by the early Church. The Gregorian calendar was developed by the astronomer Aloysius Lilius and modified by the...
The Vatican (St Peter’s) Cricket Team has announced the schedule for its 2018 Tour of England - from the 3rd to the 15th of July - , which will be the 4th Light of Faith Tour of England for the Vatican XI. The team last visited the UK on an official tour in 2016.This high profile and significant tour will commence at Stonyhurst College, with the inaugural cricket match between Stonyhurst and the Vatican XI taking place at the College on Wednesday 4 July 2018 at 1.00pm. During the tour, the...
On Thursday 19th April boys and girls in Rudiments (Year 8) at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall went to Whalley Abbey for their annual retreat.The theme was 'Finding God in All things'. The day was a wonderful opportunity for the pupils to deepen their relationship with God, to spend time away from their everyday  school environment and to come to know themselves more intimately.The group was joined by Franciscans from Leeds and Bradford: Fr Chris McBride, and Sisters Faustina and Therese. The...
Pupils and staff from Jesuit school Colegio Seminario
Stonyhurst welcomed a group of pupils and staff from the Jesuit school Colegio Seminario in Montevideo, Uruguay.There were sixteen Uruguayan students, all aged between sixteen and seventeen. Eight boys and eight girls had been selected from a large number of applicants at their school and were accompanied by their lay deputy head, Maria Ines Berasain, and a Jesuit Scholastic, Brother Pablo Michel SJ.The Rector of the Colegio Seminario, Fr Marcelo Coppetti, also joined the group for their first...
The Universe has published an article linking Red Wednesday with the rope of St Edmund Campion SJ which is kept at Stonyhurst.  Red Wednesday will take place on November 22nd and is organised by Aid to the Church in Need to support all those who are being persecuted for their faith.  Churches and public buildings are illuminated with red light and people are encouraged to wear red clothing. There are social media resources, prayer resources and assembly packs available on their...
Pope Francis meets Dr Phillip Alton
An alumnus of Stonyhurst College, Dr Philip Alton, recently presented Pope Francis with the plans for an exciting new project being developed at Stonyhurst.  Philip had been attending an International Catholic Legislators Network 2017 Conference at the end of August. Giving the pope details of Theodore House and the Stonyhurst Christian Heritage Centre, Philip told him that "Stonyhurst is the world's oldest Jesuit school - 400 years old " - to which the Pope mischievously replied, with a...
Stonyhurst College's rich history opened a new chapter today as its first international school was announced in Malaysia. The Penang State Government and Stonyhurst College announced today the development of Stonyhurst Penang International School in Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjong Tokong, Penang, Malaysia.It will attract both international and Malaysian students from the region to study in Malaysia, in line with the Penang State Government’s vision to develop Penang as an...
The three questions St Ignatius asks the retreatant going through his Spiritual Exercises are a useful guide for any parish. To paraphrase:What has the parish done for Christ? What is it doing for Christ? What will it do for Christ?Here at St Peter’s Parish in Stonyhurst, we could spend all our time answering just the first question, since the history of provision of Mass and the sacraments goes back a very long way. Individual Jesuits were caring for Catholic souls here in the Ribble...

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