Publications currently in print:


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

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

Held in Trust

Book of Homilies of Pope Gregory the Great Stonyhurst Ms V11, c. 1167-1183

Held in Trust

Glossary of Ecclesiastical Ornament and Costume by Pugin: London, 1846

The Rosary and other Prayers, illustrated from the libraries at Stonyhurst College.
Compiled by Charles Graffiius and Edward Thomson

96 pages, 240 x 188 mm
Illustrated in colour throughout
Price: £12.95
ISBN: 978-0-9553592-1-7

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Orders to: enquiries@stomerspress.co.uk.

The rosary is one of the ancient devotions of Christianity, its recurring rythms providing a means of meditating the central mysteries of the life of Christ: his birth, his public life, his sufferings and death, and his ascent to life and glory. These are the central themes of the scriptures, to be seen in their full depth by the Christian disciple.

Pope John Paul II described praying the Rosary as ‘contemplating, with Mary, the face of Christ’ and it is an essential aspect of the intimacy of the Rosary that we witness the life of Christ through her eyes: the events from the Annunciation and Visitation through to the Passion, culminating in her presence at Pentecost. Mary’s rôle as intercessor is most clearly acknowledged in the repeated Hail Maries of the Rosary.

The format of this book seeks to reproduce the rythmical character of the prayers of the Rosary. Each of the Mysteries is illustrated with the relevant scene, reproduced from late medieval manuscripts and early printed books in the Libraries of Stonyhurst College. The illustrations are fine examples of devotional art on an intimate scale, and remain today as they were originally intended to be: aids to meditation and windows into the life of Christ. The styles span the changes from the world of the monastic illuminator to that of the first printers, but all reflect the same basic belief: that skill and beauty dedicated to God will continue to inspire and educate.


24 pages, 127 x 76mm, + cover
Hand-sewn into card cover

Limited edition of 200
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Printed by hand on the Albion printing press given to Stonyhurst College by St Omers Press, this is a facsimile reprint of an original 1726 rule book in the College libraries. It has been produced as a keepsake to commemorate the rededication of the Sodality of Our Lady at Stonyhurst, and the re-opening and blessing of the recently restored Sodality Chapel by His Eminence Keith Patrick Cardinal O'Brien, Archbishop of Edinburgh and St Andrews, on the 19th February 2007.

The original pages were scanned and cleaned up a bit on computer; the new booklet was then printed from photopolymer blocks on the Albion, the sheets then folded and hand sewn into the covers. The pages have been left uncut.



Tom Muir

208 pages, 280 x 216mm
Illustrated in colour throughout
ISBN 0-9553592-0-1
To order copies please email: m.leslie@stonyhurst.ac.uk

This is an updated reprint of Tom Muir's original book Stonyhurst College, 1593-1993, published 13 years ago to mark the college's quatercentenary, and long out of print. The book has been reset and redesigned with a larger page size, with the illustrations throughout printed in colour, but the original jacket price of 1993 remaining the same.

Tom Muir has revised the text, and added a new section covering the history of music at the college. An extra chapter has been written to describe the many changes since 1993: the full commitment to co-education and subsequent re-design of the old dormitories, the arrival of the digital age, and the opening up of the college collections and libraries with appointment of a Curator.



The Rubens Engravings of the Life of St Ignatius.

Subscribers' Edition: (Sold out) The Subscribers' Edition is supplied with 20 engravings mounted and packed in a presentation box, accompanied by a copy of the Introductory book (see below). Limited to 40 sets, at £750, numbered I - XL. This edition is now sold out.

Main Edition: (3 copies remain) The Main Edition comprises 12 engravings in an A3 size leather portfolio. The Main Edition is limited to 60 sets, numbered 41 - 100, and is accompanied by a copy of the Introductory book (see below). Three copies remain available for £400 now reduced to £125.

Introductory Book:
Prayers and introductory note by Fr Billy Hewett SJ; St Ignatius' Autobiography, translated by Fr William Yeoman SJ, reproduced in full; articles by Jan Graffius, Curator at Stonyhurst and a technical note.

116 pages, quarto size hard-back, quarter bound in leather and linen, illustrated with one colour and 29 b/w half-tones. Limited numbered edition of 350 copies, of which 250 are available on their own for £75 now reduced to £25.

For more information about this project please CLICK HERE.

A Stonyhurst Prayer Book
ed. Matthew Power SJ

Published May 2003, reprinted September 2007
ISBN 0-9512664-2-X
128 pages
Hard back, illustrated
. £9.95

This collection of prayers richly reflects the continuing spiritual life of the first English college of the Jesuits, Stonyhurst. Some of the prayers go back to the early history of the Church; others have a close link to Stonyhurst traditions, such as the Litany of Loretto, which Thomas Weld, donor of Stonyhurst, particularly asked to be kept in use by the College; and others are written by current pupils at the College - the contributions by ‘A Poet’, ‘A Rhetorician’ or ‘A Syntaxian’, signatures which might puzzle those not familiar with the school.

The collection is beautifully illustrated with photographs taken by staff and pupils, creating an evocative visual souvenir as well as an aid to reflection and prayer.

Copies available from the Stonyhurst Association, Stonyhurst College, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9PZ, or by email to enquiries@stomerspress.co.uk.