Chaplaincy & Services | Posted 06.12.2014

Stonyhurst College was delighted to welcome the Archbishop of Baltimore, Willam E Lori, to celebrate Campion Day Mass on December 3rd.  The Diocese of Baltimore, in Maryland, was the first Catholic diocese in the United States of America, and was founded by Stonyhurst OS John Carroll, who became the first Bishop of Baltimore in 1789.  He was the brother of Charles Carroll, the only Catholic signatory of the American Declaration of Independence, himself an alumni of the Jesuit school founded in St Omers in 1593 that was to later become Stonyhurst College.

Archbishop Lori has a longstanding devotion to St Edmund Campion, so it was particularly wonderful that that he should be here to celebrate the Campion Day Mass.  He had been invited by Lord David Alton, Jan Graffius and others, when visiting America on behalf of the Christian Heritage Centre Appeal, raising awareness of the Stonyhurst Collection, which holds in trust artifacts and books constituting the oldest Christian Museum in the English speaking world.  Following the Mass, he enjoyed  a celebratory meal with students in the New Refectory, before a fascinating tour of the Collections with Jan Graffius, our curator.