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Does the hawk take flight by your wisdomAnd spread its wings towards the south?Does the eagle soar at your commandAnd build its nest on high?It dwells on a cliff and stays there at night,A rocky crag is its stronghold.Job 39: 26-28 (NIV)These questions are those that God put to Job in a great hymn to creation at a time when Job had lost everything. The season of creation invites us all to take a step back from our frenetic or otherwise broken lives to contemplate the natural world in all its...
As Laudato Si’ celebrates its fifth anniversary this week, its central message in addressing issues of our common home has never been more relevant now in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Celia Deane-Drummond, Director of Laudato Si’ Research Institute at Campion Hall, University of Oxford, explains why by highlighting four key themes that have emerged.A broken relationship with God, creation, and each otherLaudato Si’ reminded us that every speck of life is valued by God and...
Fr Nick King SJ and two other chaplains (Fr Matthew Power SJ and Alvea Fernandes) are locked down with six resident students at the Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy. Here is a blog from Nick about the experience so far.There is a cordon sanitaire between us, meaning that we cannot get across Rose Place to our Jesuit community in Campion Hall. So far, we are surviving reasonably well, though occasionally it is possible to feel the stress getting to us. We have tried to construct a way of...
The Laudato Si’ Research Institute (LSRI) recently welcomed members of Campion Hall to a Blessing and Open House event in their new offices situated at Albion House near Campion Hall’s main building. The gathering began with a prayer from the Master of Campion Hall, Fr Nick Austin SJ, followed by a reading from the Associate Director of LSRI, Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser, and a meditation from the Director of LSRI, Celia Deane-Drummond. Blessings in French, Malay, and Hrusso Aka (the endangered...
James Keenan SJ
Campion Hall will be pleased to welcome Fr James Keenan, SJ for the 2019 Campion Lecture, entitled "Exploring Vulnerability: Theological Ethics Today". Over the past 15 years, Catholic Ethicists like Enda McDonagh, Vincent LeClerq and Linda Hogan have advanced an ethics of vulnerability. Keenan argues that with migration, climate change and contemporary political leadership the world is at risk so issues of vulnerability and precarity should be at the heart of our discussion. He concludes...
Fr Joseph Munitiz SJ and Dr Bram Roosen
The life of a Jesuit scholar can be an austere one, with hour upon hour of solitary study, usually on a topic little understood by your Jesuit brothers. Moments of recognition can be few and far between. One such moment took place on 22nd August at Campion Hall in Oxford when a group gathered to celebrate the life achievement of a Jesuit of the British Province, Fr Joe Munitiz SJ.Fr Munitiz has spent his life studying Byzantine manuscripts. In the academy, his name is associated with scholarly...
In the context of a hostile or ‘compliant’ immigration policy, many seeking asylum in the UK find themselves and their families at risk of detention or destitution. Those who work with refugees often understand their role as, at core, one of accompaniment: being with and for the other. This project seeks to reflect on this practice of accompaniment, examining not only what it can contribute to the lives of refugees, but also how it can be transformative: transformative for those who walk with...
Campion Hall celebrated the book launch of Gavin Flood's Religion and the Philosophy of Life (Oxford University Press. 2019) on 30th April.Friends, colleagues, and students gathered in the sun to mark the release of this exciting new work, which "reveals how religion as the source of civilization transforms the fundamental bio-sociology of humans through language and the somatic exploration of religious ritual and prayer", as described on the publisher's website.The book, which deals with...
The Laudato Si’ Research Institute is a new ministry of the Jesuits in Britain based at Campion Hall, a permanent private hall of the University of Oxford.The Institute will take forward Pope Francis’ radical vision in his encyclical letter Laudato Si’ and will foster interdisciplinary research and dialogue between theology, philosophy, theological ethics and the social and natural sciences on integral ecology, including integral human development.The appointment of Professor Celia Deane-...
Campion Hall was pleased to unveil a new portrait by Benjamin Sullivan, the noted artist, on the 23rd December. Sullivan's other works in Oxford include the celebrated 'All Souls Triptych', and beyond Oxford his work has been regularly exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Academy.Sullivan is the recipient of several prestigious prizes, such as the BP Portrait Award and the Carroll Foundation Award. Among his most recent subjects is Her Majesty the Queen, in a well-received...

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