Jan Graffius

Detail of the canvas of Fr Henry Garnet SJ. Photos: Ken Vance SJ
Paintings of three English Jesuit martyrs have been located in the crypt of St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham. It is possible they are companions to a canvas of Blessed Edward Oldcorne SJ that is displayed in the Catholic college dedicated to him in Worcester.The canvases of Br Ralph Ashley SJ, Br Nicholas Owen SJ and Fr Henry Garnet SJ are believed to date back to Victorian times and have been described by the Curator of the Stonyhurst Collection, Jan Graffius, as “really special...
Sir Thomas More by Hans Holbein the Younger. Commons Wikipedia
The Curator of the Collections at Stonyhurst College will be helping to launch a major exhibition in Washington DC this week, on the life and legacy of St Thomas More. More than 60 relics and artefacts will be on display at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine for the exhibition entitled God’s Servant First: The Life and Legacy of Thomas More. Between now and the end of March 2017, it will aim to bring to life the courageous witness of the Catholic martyr whom Pope John Paul II declared...
The 1751 manuscript at Stonyhurst College
As Christmas approaches, many choirs and congregations will be singing ‘O Come, all ye faithful’ or its original Latin version ‘Adeste Fideles’. The origins of the hymn have been attributed to various groups and individuals; but both the original Latin and the English translation have strong Jesuit links.Some musical historians credit St Bonaventure with writing the hymn in the 13th century; others say King John IV of Portugal was the author in the 17th century. Various monks including the...
Kircher's 1678 catalogue has been republished by St Omers Press
A new translation of an historic 17th catalogue recently published by the St Omers Press at Stonyhurst College brings together significant items from the collection of the Collegio Romano Museum. The facsimile of Kircher’s 1678 catalogue includes a selection of natural, scientific and cultural wonders and even illustrates what is probably the world’s first ever computer! It was recently launched at Stonyhurst College by its Curator, Mrs Jan Graffius.Jesuit Father Athanasius Kircher SJ (1602-80...
Young man raises fist along with many people in a square in El Salvador
The celebrations for the Beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero lasted three days, officially, although the people of San Salvador are still celebrating.On Friday 22nd May, I spent a long day preparing the bloodstained shirt which Romero was wearing when he was murdered (see below), and then placed it in the newly made reliquary. This was a lengthy and complicated piece of conservation, as the shirt is fragile and the bloodstains have made the fabric brittle. I made a cushion out of...
Jan Graffius, the Stonyhurst College Curator, has been invited to attend the Beatification Ceremony of Archbishop Oscar Romero, which takes place in El  Salvador’s capital, San Salvador, on Saturday 23 May. The invitation is in recognition of the work she has carried out over the last eight years preserving the relics of Monseñor Romero, in addition to those of the six Jesuit Martyrs and their companions, murdered by Death Squad troops in 1989.In addition to attending...
Final preparations are underway in El Salvador for the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Among the British representatives who will be at the ceremony of Saturday will be Julian Filochowski, the Chair of the Oscar Romero Trust, and the curator of Stonyhurst College, Jan Graffius. The Jesuit parish of the Immaculate Conception (Farm Street) in London will be celebrating the occasion at the weekend, when it receives a relic of the newly beatified Archbishop. Part of the vestments...
The Curator of Stonyhurst College will be sharing centuries of Catholic history when she gives the second annual lecture of the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom on 10 September. Jan Graffius will address: 'Saving the English Martyrs - How Catholic families preserved relics from Becket to Plunkett'.“The lecture will focus on the English relics entrusted to the Jesuits and St Omers by various Catholic families,” says Jan. “It will concentrate on the role of recusant...
The Curator of Stonyhurst College will be giving the second annual lecture of the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom. Jan Graffius will address: 'Saving the English Martyrs - How Catholic families preserved relics from Becket to Plunkett'.Founded in London in 1887, the special intentions of the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom are the conversion of England and Wales and the support of poor Catholic parishes. It also has a programme of spiritual events, including an annual Requiem...
Pope Francis has cleared the path for the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero. On the plane back from his visit to South Korea, he described Romero, who was murdered in 1980, as “a man of God" and said that he hoped to be able to declare him ‘blessed’."There are no doctrinal problems,” he told journalists, “and it is very important that [the beatification] is done quickly."Archbishop Romero denounced the right-wing death squads that operated in...

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