The Heythrop Association is the successor organisation to the Heythrop Association of Alumni and Staff (HAAS), which was formally wound up at its AGM in September 2020. That same meeting inaugurated the Heythrop Association, and its Trustees have been working on a communications plan, starting with development of this website. You can find more about the Trustees at Heythrop Trustees.
For a summary of the Association’s charitable purpose, see Heythrop Association Purpose. We believe this is complementary to the commission imparted to all Heythrop people as the College entered its final days in 2018/19.
Over time, we will be adding pages describing the history of Heythrop College, including images. Do click on Heythrop History for anything we have posted so far (but please be patient as we develop the content over time!).
The Heythrop College shield.
Consideration will be given to establishing Heythrop Association social media accounts (LinkedIn is on Heythrop Association of Alumni and Staff (HAAS) – Heythrop College ,University of London | Groups | LinkedIn).
The main social media accounts relating to Heythrop College are as follows:
The Heythrop Association’s charitable purpose is expressed as a series of ‘objects’ that are part of its formal Constitution. The objects are for the advancement of education for the public benefit, especially within the disciplines of Theology and Philosophy, by:
Encouraging an exchange of ideas and information between members and others interested in Theology and Philosophy through regular communications.
Arranging social opportunities for members to hear, exchange, debate, and appreciate the ideas of others in the disciplines of Theology and Philosophy.
Providing a forum in which those connected with Heythrop College, University of London, and those interested in the work of the former College, can continue an advancement of the disciplines of Theology and Philosophy through events and communications, between themselves and for the public benefit.
Promoting the study of Theology and Philosophy between members, and in the wider world, by arranging seminars, study days and other events.
The Trustees are actively considering how best to enact these objectives and will present their proposals in due course. We would welcome suggestions from the Association’s Members.
Following approval at The Heythrop Association’s Annual General Meeting on 15th September 2020, Chair of Trustees Fr. Simon Gillespie and nine other Trustees have been running the Association on behalf of its members.
An up-to-date list of Trustees can be found at the Charity Commission’s website at Heythrop Association Trustees.
Areknaz Violetta Barzankian-Kaydan
Fr. Simon Gillespie
Whilst tremendously sad that Heythrop College’s long life as an educational establishment came to an end in 2019, the spirit of its mission lives on. At one of the principal events marking its closure, those attending were treated to a rousing commission to carry on the good work.
The nurturing flame of Heythrop has gone … The flickering embers of the fire are all that are left … It is our responsibility… To take these embers … To light new fires to continue the memory and actions of Heythrop … To show future generations that truth, meaning, compassion, love and being human matter …
This area of the website will over time be populated with the history of Heythrop College over the years.
In the meantime, do feel free to watch this video for reminiscences by Fr. Michael Barnes and others that were prepared at the time of the 2018 closing summer conference.
For this first version of the Association’s website we have selected a clean, simple design. The palette of gold and blue is based on the colours of our newly adopted emblem. As well as letting us know what you think about the content, please do tell us what you like – or don’t like – about the website’s “look and feel”.
We would be delighted to hear from you!
The Heythrop Association is the successor organisation to the alumni association of Heythrop College, University of London (Heythrop Association of Alumni and Staff, or HAAS for short) and, as such, all individuals belonging to that predecessor organisation have become Members of the new Association.
Membership criteria are stipulated in the Association’s Constitution and include an openness to applications for membership by individuals over eighteen or organisations, subject to approval by the Trustees. All alumnae, alumni and ex-staff of Heythrop College are automatically Members. Whilst we have up-to-date contact details for the majority of our Members, please do pass on our website address (www.heythropassociation.org) to anyone previously associated with the College who has fallen out of touch and encourage them to resume contact.