St Stephen‚Äôs House was founded in 1876 and concentrates on training students for ordination in the Anglican Communion (Full flavoured Catholic variety of religion). It is affectionately known as ‚ÄòStaggers‚Äô, and most members are over 25, some from overseas, studying Theology or related subjects. The college was originally situated in the centre of Oxford, on what is now the site of the New Bodleian Library; from there it moved to Norham Gardens, near the University Parks, in 1919. It descended upon its current site in 1980, previously occupied by the society of St John the Evangelist also known as Cowley Fathers. ‚ÄòStaggers‚Äô is situated way outside the city centre in the vibrant, ...view middle of the document...
Prayer and disciplined study
Students and their families, including children, can be accommodated and fed in a friendly and supportive environment. The college encourages both members and spouses to make full use of the facilities. Married students live in flats while singles live in the older rooms. College life is structured around the daily offices of morning and evening prayer and a celebration of the Eucharist. The institute encourages disciplined study, meaningful research combined with personal meditation and prayer, giving faithful witness to Christ in a contemporary society.
Founded by the Oxford Movement
St Stephen‚Äôs was conceived by leading university academics known as the Oxford Movement, itself a splinter group of the Tractarian Movement. This group vigorously objected to the way liberalism had crept into the teaching of theology and, after studying the relationship between the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church, thought the gulf was too wide. Despite being attacked in some quarters, for promoting the power of the pope in a country that overwhelmingly believed it was better off without him, the movement did have a wide influence. Some notable converts included John Henry Newman a fellow at Oriel College and one of the colleges‚Äô founding fathers. St Stephen‚Äôs principal founder was Edward King, a leading Oxford professor of theology, who went on to become Bishop of Lincoln and took great care in shaping the direction the institution was to take.
Social political agenda
Many Catholics had, from Elizabethan times, felt the need to adopt a low profile in order to be tolerated but, through Tractarian groups, were discovering a new confidence and voice. Anglican religious orders, of both men and women, were established placing...