• His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, with the Headmaster Andrew Johnson, Chairman of Governors John Cowdall, and Heads of Line Daniel Fitzgerald and Harriet Shepherd.
Events & Speakers | Posted 02.06.2014

Great Academies

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and leader of the Catholic church in England and Wales, was the guest of honour at Great Academies this year. In his address to parents and pupils, Cardinal Nichol described Pope Francis as the finest exponent of Jesuit education, for his focus on the human person. The Cardinal said that, from meeting his Holiness in Rome, it was clear that the generosity and love he shows to everyone he encounters springs from a profound sense of peace and faith. The Headmaster, Andrew Johnson, spoke about St Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits, and of the core benefits of a Jesuit education; Stonyhurst, he said, seeks to enable the ‘human flourishing’ Ignatius cited as the main purpose of education, by developing young people’s faith, self-awareness and leadership so that they may be a force for good in the world. Mr Johnson outlined the many successes and activities of the past academic year and said that Stonyhurst continues to live out its Jesuit mission: “We are the oldest surviving Jesuit school in the world, and part of an educational continuum whose values and approach really have stood the test of time, being as relevant today as they were 450 years ago.”

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