Matthew’s Passion Narrative

Nicholas King, SJ

Good Friday 10am -Top Refectory

You may have heard Matthew’s account of Jesus’ passion read out or (better) performed, on Palm Sunday; you may even have attended a performance of Bach’s remarkable setting of it. In this talk we shall explore some of the particular ways in which Matthew tells the story. This seems an appropriate thing to do on Good Friday, a day when in the afternoon service we shall be watching John’s very different account. We shall notice in particular the contrasts that Matthew paints. This is a very powerful story, which repays careful attention.


My name is Nicholas King, and I was born in Bath in 1947. After I left school, I went up to Oxford to read Classics, with the firm intention of becoming a wealthy barrister after that. However at a particular moment, which I can date to within a few minutes, and greatly to my surprise, I realised that the only thing that I could do if I was to be happy was to join the Jesuits, who had taught me at Stonyhurst. That was 47 years ago, and (so far) I have seen no reason to change my mind… For the last twelve years I have been teaching New Testament and Greek at the University of Oxford, where I am at Campion Hall, the Jesuit house. Most recently I have published a translation of the entire Greek Bible into English, something that I can hardly believe. Before I came back to Oxford, I taught for many years in South Africa, which was one of the most remarkable experiences of my life. Jesuits do all sorts of things, and our task is to do whatever the Church asks of us. Like many of my confreres, this particular Jesuit has always been a teacher at secondary or tertiary level; but I have also done a good deal of writing. And I have coached cricket and Rugby in my time. Let me simply say this: if it is the life for you, then there is no better or happier way of life. But it must be the life to which God is calling you.


Discerning with Pope Francis: finding our way

Tim Livesey

Good Friday 1.30pm -Top Refectory

Tim will be talking about what Ignatian discernment, Pope Francis and the events of the Triduum tell us about how to engage with the world around us (with particular reference to Evangelii Gaudium).


Tim (OS ‘74-‘77) is a former diplomat now CEO of a charity working to support Middle East Christians – Embrace the Middle East. He was also an adviser first to Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor and then Archbishop Rowan Williams, and chief of staff to Ed Miliband former Leader of the Opposition. He is the current President of the Stonyhurst Association.


Laudato Si’ and the Call to Ecological Conversion

Celia Deane-Drummond, PhD

Holy Saturday 11.30am -Top Refectory

This talk will begin with a reminder of both the wonder and beauty of creation and its fragility, before probing the theme of ecological conversion in Laudato Si. We will explore what that conversion looks like by naming different ecological virtues that need to be encouraged, along with ten green commandments, both of which encourage responsibility for care of the earth and its people. Celia will conclude with some concrete suggestions of what such responsibilities might look like in daily life.


Celia Deane-Drummond is Director of the Laudato Si’ Research Institute and Senior Research Fellow in theology at Campion Hall, University of Oxford. She is also honorary visiting Professor in Theology and Science at the University of Durham, UK and adjunct Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She holds two doctorates, one in plant physiology and one in systematic theology. She was Chair of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and Environment from 2011-2018. Her recent publications include The Wisdom of the Liminal: Human Nature, Evolution and Other Animals (2014), Technofutures, Nature and the Sacred, ed. with Sigurd Bergmann and Bronislaw Szerszynski (2015), Ecology in Jürgen Moltmann’s Theology, 2nd edition, (2016), Religion in the Anthropocene, edited with Sigurd Bergmann and Markus Vogt (2017), A Primer in Ecotheology: Theology for a Fragile Earth (2017), Theology and Ecology Across the Disciplines: On Care for Our Common Home, edited with Rebecca Artinian Kaiser (2018), The Evolution of Wisdom Volume 1: Theological Ethics Through a Multispecies Lens (2019).