From the 1st of January 2024, the Lay Academic Fellowship at Pusey House will be renamed in honour of a new benefactor, Mr Marek Matraszek (Magdalen College, 1981).
The Matraszek Fellow serves as the Director of the Centre for Theology, Law, and Culture at Pusey House, and is also a Pusey Fellow of St Cross College, University of Oxford. Mr Matraszek's donation allows Dr Jonathan Price to continue in these roles for the coming years.
Part of the House's mission, since its foundation in 1884, is to bring the riches of the Catholic tradition as received by the Church of England into conversation with the contemporary curriculum of the University. This donation allows Pusey House to re-commit itself to that great intellectual mission.
The Lay Academic Fellowship has hitherto been funded by the kind benefaction of the Barry family, as the Barry Fellowship, since the beginning of 2021. The House remains grateful for the Barry family’s support, and will continue to cooperate with the family’s other academic programmes in Oxford.
Mr Matraszek's donation will also significantly fund much of the House's regular programming of Recollection Series lectures, colloquia, liturgical concerts, discussion groups, and our small conferences.
To mark the beginning of the new Fellowship, Pusey House has planned the Matraszek Fellowship Inaugural Lecture in Seventh Week of Hilary Term, followed by a Choral Evensong. We hope you will join us Wednesday 28th February 2024, beginning with tea with Mr Matraszek at 3:30 PM in the Hood Room at Pusey House.
The agreement constituting Mr Matraszek's benefaction was made at Pusey House on Ascension Day 2023. Pictured: The Principal Dr Westhaver, Mr Matraszek, Bishop Michael Langrish.
Dr Price, Bishop Michael Langrish, Mr Matraszek, and the Principal meeting at Pusey House on Ascension Day 2023.