The Christian Heritage Centre

The Christian Heritage
Centre at Stonyhurst

The Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst exists to offer a deeper spiritual and intellectual engagement with the Christian Faith, inspired by the wealth of Christian heritage housed at Stonyhurst College. This collection of relics, artefacts and books, accumulated by the Society of Jesus and which testifies to the Christian Faith of this country, has been used over the centuries to teach and inspire.

We aim to continue in this tradition by providing opportunities and facilities for education and study, for Christian leadership formation, and for religious retreat.

The Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst has supported the refurbishment of the Historic Libraries and Museum at Stonyhurst College and has restored the historic water mill into a residential and education facility: Theodore House.


The Christian Heritage Centre owes its existence to the support and hard work of many. We are especially thankful to all our patrons for their support.
Royal Patrons
Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor
HE Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
HE Cardinal Christoph Schonbörn, Archbishop of Vienna
HE Cardinal Renato Martino

Rt Rev. John Arnold, Bishop of Salford

Rt Rev. Nicholas Reade, former Bishop of Blackburn
Rt Rev. Terence Brain, Bishop Emeritus of Salford
The Very Rev. Fr Damian Howard SJ, Provincial of the Society of Jesus in Britain
The Hon John Bruton, KCMCO
The Rt. Hon Baroness Cox of Queensbury
Bill Cash MP
Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank, GCB, LVO, OBE, DL, KCSG, KM, KCJCO
The Rt Hon. Lord Shuttleworth, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire
John Studzinski CBE KSG
Nigel Evans MP
Prof. the Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield FBA
Sir Edward Leigh MP
Prof. Nasser David Khalili KCSS KCFO
The Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe PC
Leonard Leo
The Rt Hon. Baron Brennan of Bibury KCSG QC
Ilyas Khan KSG


The Centre has been guided from its inception, through the building of Theodore House, to a plan for continued development by its dedicated trustees, who continue to bring their expertise to bear in the Centre’s work.

Dr Michael D Hurley (Chairman)
Anton’ de Piro (Vice-Chairman)
Franz Forrester
John Browne (Headmaster, Stonyhurst College)
Anthony Chitnis (Chair of Governors, Stonyhurst College)
Ryan Christopher

Fr Toby Lees, OP

Dr Rebekah Lamb

Matthew Riley

Mike Laking


The charity is particularly indebted to its founders, whose vision enabled the realisation of Theodore House.
Prof. the Lord Alton of Liverpool KCSG Founding Chairman
John Cowdall KSG (deceased)

Advisory & Staff

The charity is grateful to the following people, who continue to offer their expertise in an advisory capacity. The Centre’s operation and continued development relies on the daily work and collaboration of the current team.

Jane Leek – Safeguarding

Advisory Board

Graham Hutton – Finance
Jane Leek – Safeguarding
Prof. Peter Davidson – Academic


Stefan Kaminski – Director


Stations of the North

A plan to create a unique set of Stations in the woodlands surrounding Theodore House

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The Tolkien Trail

Take a walk in countryside familiar to J.R.R. Tolkien and let your imagination run wild!

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God’s Good Servant

The Washington DC exhibition on St Thomas More

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Becket Week

An initiative in partnership with the Hungarian Embassy to reflect on faith in politics

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The Fellowship of God’s Good Servant

An award recognising service and loyalty to God

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