2008 Years of Sacred Culture
Edited by Maurice Whitehead

208 pages, 240 x 215mm
Illustrated in colour throughout
Price: £9.50
ISBN: 978-0-9553592-3-1

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The catalogue of the exhibition “Held in Trust”, St Francis Xavier’s Church, Liverpool, 30 July – 25 September 2008.

Since the foundation of the Society of Jesus in 1540, its members – the Jesuits – have collected artefacts, both sacred and secular, to support their missionary, educational and cultural work. In the case of the English and Welsh Jesuits, many of these precious objects remained hidden from the reign of Elizabeth I until 1829, a period when Catholics were prevented from practising their religion openly.
The exhibition, Held in Trust: 2008 Years of Sacred Culture, provides a fascinating glimpse of the rich range of artefacts held today at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire, and by the trustees of the British Province of the Society of Jesus. It aims to make them known to a wide public, and to show how they form part of our common national, European and world heritage, in the context of Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture, 2008.

Introduction by Thomas M McCoog SJ, and catalogue entries by Jan Graffius, Curator at Stonyhurst College. In addition there are essays as follows:

Norman Tanner SJ Crying ‘God for Harry! England and
St George!’
Deborah Youngs Reformation
JA Hilton Catholic Recusancy in Lancashire in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
Leo Gooch Jacobitism: an Introduction
Anthony Symondson SJ The Nineteenth-Century Gothic Revival: Stonyhurst and the Link with Liverpool
Michael Barnes SJ Jesuit Missionaries — and God’s Mission