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Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters [online evening talk] – #8 St Francis of Assisi

Saints, Scholars & Spiritual Masters 8 - St Francis of Assisi
[online evening talk]

Thursday 10 December @7:30pm

God & the Crib:
St Francis & Greccio

Eighth of the online series: Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters

In the weeks before Christmas, the final talk of Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters appropriately turns to St Francis of Assisi, who built the first crib on a hillside above Greccio, in the Rieti valley, Italy. St Francis’ love for the mystery of God’s Incarnation spilt over into his radical choice of a life of poverty and prayer, following in the footsteps of his master, Jesus Christ. His profound and intense spiritual life powered a charismatic life of preaching. Fr Gabriel Kyte, of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, will offer insights into the Christmas-orientated spirituality of this ever-popular saint.

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This talk concludes the Saints, Scholars & Spiritual Masters series

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Margaret Clitheroe [book launch]

"Margaret Clitheroe"
by John & Wendy Rayne-Davis
[book launch]

30 August, 7:30pm [2019]

Book launch of "Margaret Clitheroe"

A presentation of “Margaret Clitheroe” by the authors, followed by questions, drinks & nibbles

“Margaret Clitheroe” is a fresh look at one of England’s best-loved saints. It includes an overview of England’s transition to Protestantism and Elizabeth’s role in the anti-Catholic movement of the time, as well as a consideration of the various claims to St Margaret’s final resting place.

Join us for a presentation by the authors, an opportunity to ask them questions and complimentary drinks and nibbles!

Books will be on sale at the event or can be purchased direct from the publishers.

Join us @10am on Saturday 31st August for Mass at Stydd Chapel

Stydd Chapel, according to various historians, is considered to be the most likely resting place of St Margaret Clitheroe.

By kind permission of the Revd Canon Brian McConkey, vicar of the Anglican parish in Ribchester, we will celebrate Holy Mass at Stydd Chapel on Saturday morning.

Mass will be followed by a short talk on the history of the chapel.

All are invited to join us on Saturday morning.

Cost:

Free

 

B&B Special Offer
Guests of the book launch are invited to stay overnight at Theodore House, at a reduced price:
 
*Single room, bed and breakfast: £40
*Twin room, bed and breakfast: £55
 

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Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters [online evening talk] – #7 St Benedict of Norcia

Saints, Scholars & Spiritual Masters 7 - St Benedict of Norcia
[online evening talk]

Thursday 3 December @7:30pm

The Saviour of Europe:
St Benedict & Benedictine Spirituality

Seventh of the online series: Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters

The seventh talk of Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters turns to the “Father of Western Monasticism” and his Rule of life, which  still guides religious life around the world 1,500 years later. Benedict fled Rome, with the degenerate and empty lifestyle that he found amongst his fellow students, to become a hermit in the hills outside the city. His saintliness soon attracted diverse followers, and set him on the path of establishing monastic communities and writing a Rule. Though these were not primarily centres of learning, Benedictine monasteries, and others following their example, became the repositories of learning and culture. Europe thus owes not only its monastic tradition to Benedict, but also the continuity of its development through the medieval era.

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Next in the series:

10th December – St Francis of Assisi with Fr Gabriel Kyte, C.F.R.

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Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters [online evening talk] – #6 The Spanish Mystics

Saints, Scholars & Spiritual Masters 6 - St.s Theresa of Avila & John of the Cross
[online evening talk]

Thursday 19 November @7:30pm

The Spanish Mystics:
Life & Love in Jesus Christ

Sixth of the online series: Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters

The sixth talk of Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters looks at two giants of the interior life: St Theresa of Avila and St John of the Cross. The profound mysticism of these two well-loved, Spanish saints did not detract from their pragmatic determinedness. Together, they reformed the Carmelite order in Spain, founding no less than 23 monasteries between them and effectively establishing the order of Discalced Carmelites. The hardships and difficulties they both endured in pursuing their vocation and in reforming their order were only met with a strength that was founded on their deep love for Christ, which was also the foundation of the great friendship between them.

About the speaker:

Fr Matthew Blake is a Carmelite priest. Originally from Ireland, he has lived and worked  in the UK for more than thirty years. His ministry has mainly involved retreat direction, for which he is well-known in the UK, and he has also worked in many different parishes.

Next in the series:

3rd December – St Benedict of Norcia with Fr Cassian Folsom, O.S.B.

10th December – St Francis of Assisi with Fr Gabriel Kyte, C.F.R.

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Communicating the Invisible [evening talk]

Communicating the Invisible:
Caravaggio's Spirituality
[evening talk]

20 February, 7:30pm [2020]

The Catholic foundations of Caravaggio's work

Caravaggio’s genius is widely recognised, but its real roots are often overlooked. Explore the relationship of the physical and spiritual worlds in Caravaggio’s painting.

The figure of Caravaggio as revolutionary in the history of western painting is one with which our own generation feels a particular affinity. The re-recognition of his genius some fifty or sixty years ago has even led some to consider him as a twentieth century painter, though he died in the year 1610. Many of our contemporaries delight to re-write history and to remold historical figures in a way which reinforces ideas of today. The real genius of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, though, is firmly rooted in the world he inhabited, the earthly and the spiritual. His unique ability to communicate a deeply held Christian faith, because it is less fashionable today, is even more revolutionary than many of his modern admirers might allow. 
About the speaker:
Rev L J R Daley, priest of the Liverpool Archdiocese, holds a License from the Pontifical Atheneum of Sant’Anselmo, Rome, graduated from the Accademia delle Belle Arti of Rome, and is currently of parish priest of Saint John the Evangelist, Burscough, Lancashire. 
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European Art through English Eyes [evening talk]

European Art
through English Eyes
[evening talk]

23 January, 7:30pm [2020]

John Ruskin's Travels on the Continent

Explore the Christian spirit of European art with a fascinating and colourful tour of the continent, through the eyes of John Ruskin

John Ruskin, the polymathic Victorian art and social critic, started out as an Evangelical chauvinist, celebrating the works of a school of British artists he described as his “Modern Painters”, especially J.M.W.Turner. But his developing interest in European architecture and art, centrally in Venice, challenged his provinciality and opened his imagination to the treasures of the Catholic Middle Ages and the society from which they had sprung. Throughout his winding and contradictory history of religious faith and doubt he persisted in arguing his belief that “all great art is praise”, and seeing it with the eyes of “faith and intense Christian feeling”.

About the speaker:

Keith Hanley studied English at Lincoln College, Oxford (MA, B.Litt). At Lancaster (Ph.D) he founded the Wordsworth Centre, which he directed from 1988-2000, and initiated the transfer of the John Howard Whitehouse Ruskin Collections from Bembridge school, directing the Ruskin Centre at Lancaster from 2000-2008. From 1994 he has co-edited the quarterly Nineteenth Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal (published by Routledge since 2002), currently with Alex Wettlaufer, University of Texas at Austin. He has held posts at a number of European universities and at Notre Dame, Indiana.

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Gothic Architecture & the Metaphysics of Light [evening talk]

Gothic Architecture &
The Metaphysics of Light
[evening talk]

18 November, 7:30pm [2019]

The Gothic Architectural as an Expression of Faith

The Christian Philosophy and Science of the Medieval period produced the “Gothic” style, as an expression of the Catholic worldview

The medieval period in European history is sometimes described as an “age of Faith”. This era also saw the flowering of the Scholastic method in the universities that were established throughout the Christian world, and gave rise to philosophy, science, and arts founded on a Christian vision. This paper argues that this flowering of Christian thought also resulted in a distinctive architectural style, the so-called Gothic style, that continues to inspire and attract people. The recent tragic fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris called our attention once more to the ingenuity and beauty of medieval architecture. Even in a secular world, the power of Gothic architecture remains, doing as their designers intended, which is to lead us to contemplate Him who created the world with all its complexity and majesty, and who yet “dwells in inaccessible light” (1 Tim 6:16).

About the speaker:

Father Lawrence Lew, O.P. was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia into an evangelical Protestant family. Fr Lawrence’s conversion to Catholicism began an on-going love for theology, apologetics, Catholic culture, music and the sacred arts. Fr Lawrence has a degree in English civil law from Leeds University. Entering the English Province of the Order of Preachers in 2005, Fr Lawrence was trained in Cambridge, Blackfriars in Oxford, and the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC where he gained a license in Sacred Theology. He has served as assistant Catholic Chaplain to Edinburgh University, and he is currently assistant parish priest in London. Fr Lawrence lectures in Apologetics, and Mariology at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. Fr Lawrence enjoys photographing churches and sacred art, and his photos have been used online by major Catholic sites, and is seen in print internationally in newspapers, magazines, books, and CD covers. He has been called a “media missionary”, and he has given workshops and retreats in photography, evangelisation and digital media, and the theology of beauty.

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Newman: A Heart to Heart [evening talk]

Newman:
A Heart To Heart
[evening talk]

24 October, 7:30pm [2019]

A Journey Through Neman's Life and Work

Bl. John Henry Newman will be canonised on 13th October. Explore his life and spirituality in this three-part talk.

John Henry Newman is the latest English person to be canonised. He is a figure of great importance for our time. Fr Laurence Gambella will explore Newman’s life and work, taking us on a three-part encounter with this great man:

  1. Newman’s Heart: the personal encounter with God – the affairs of the heart – are central to understanding this saint
  2. Newman’s Life: a sketch of Newman’s life and his spiritual journey
  3. Newman’s Relevance for Today: pointers for the hope that Newman can provide for the future
About the speaker:

Fr Laurence Gambella is a priest of Salford Diocese, hailing from Blackburn. He studied at Oxford University, the Pontifical Beda College in Rome and the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies. He serves as chaplain to the Catholic Medical Association and as Hospital Chaplain.

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Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters [online evening talk] – #4 St Thomas Aquinas

Saints, Scholars & Spiritual Masters 4 - St Thomas Aquinas
[online evening talk]

Thursday 22 October @7:30pm

The Answer is 43:
Aquinas on Life, the Universe & Everything

Fourth of the online series: Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters

The fourth talk of Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters will explore the spirituality of one of the Church’s greatest theologians: Thomas Aquinas. Known for his unique and massive synthesis of Catholic theology, Aquinas earned the title of “The Angelic Doctor” not just for his great learning, but for the wisdom and light he brought to the Church’s thinking. In this talk, Fr Richard Conrad, O.P. will focus particularly on the themes of being, freedom and friendship. As the greatest of God’s gifts, they are fundamental to this great saint’s spirituality.

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Richard Conrad studied chemistry at Cambridge, and after his doctorate joined the Dominican Friars. He has served as Prior in Cambridge and Leicester, and for 8 years was Novice Master of the Province. He taught dogmatic theology at Maryvale Institute part-time from 1992 to 2016, and from 2007 has been resident at Blackfriars, Oxford, where he teaches dogmatic theology and the thought of Thomas Aquinas, and is currently Director of the Aquinas Institute.

Next in the series:

5th November – St Francis de Sales with Canon Scott Tanner, I.C.K.S.P.

19th November – Sts Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross with Fr Matthew Blake, O.C.D.

3rd December – St Benedict of Norcia with Fr Cassian Folsom, O.S.B.

10th December – St Francis of Assisi with Fr Gabriel Kyte, C.F.R.

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The English Reformation & The European Renaissance [conference]

The English Reformation
& The European Renaissance
[conference]

Saturday 28 March, 3:30 - 6:30pm

This event has been postponed due to Covid-19

An afternoon conference exploring the relationship between Reformation England and Renaissance Europe.

With Professors Peter Davidson (Oxford) and Gerard Kilroy (Academia Ignatium Krakow, U.C.L.)

The expulsion of Catholic scholars and the outlawing of Catholic education from Reformation England in the 1500s was intended to decisively detach England from the Catholic Faith. At the same time, the ongoing Renaissance on the continent was grounded in Europe’s profoundly Catholic roots. To what extent did Henry VIII’s reform succeed in severing English culture from Catholicism? And how far were the English removed from the influence of their Catholic European neighbours?

Professor Davidson will examine how the poetry of the famous Jesuit saint, Robert Southwell, reached and sustained not only its immediate and Catholic audience, but a rather more diverse section of English society.

Professor Kilroy will explore how English Catholicism was maintained and nurtured by exiles on the continent, and how a particular relationship between England and Europe continued as a result.

Conference schedule:

3:00pm Arrivals

3:30pm Prof. P. Davidson – Poetry and Fortress England: Southwell’s Literary Offerings to a Divided Nation

4:30pm Prof. G. Kilroy – Cosmopolitan Jesuits and a Culture of Catholic Exile

5:30pm Q & A session with Profs. Davidson and Kilroy

6:00pm Optional seminar: Practical Problems in the Study of the British Catholic Diaspora

Tea & coffee will be served throughout the afternoon, with breaks following each session.

About the speaker:

Peter Davidson is a Senior Research Fellow at Campion Hall, University of Oxford and a member of the English Faculty of Oxford University, formerly at Aberdeen, Warwick, Leiden. He was the general editor of the Oxford University Press Edition of the Complete Writings of St Robert Southwell. His writings include The Universal Baroque (MUP), The Last of the Light and The Idea of North (Reaktion), as well as editing early modern literature published by OUP. His general focus is on the exile and the culture of the British Catholic community after the Reformation.

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Gerard Kilroy is Professor of English Literature at the Akademia Ignatianum Krakow, and author of Edmund Campion: Memory and Transcription (2005), editor of The Epigrams of Sir John Harington (2009), and author of Edmund Campion: A Scholarly Life (2015). He is currently editing Evelyn Waugh’s life of Edmund Campion (1935) for a 43-volume edition of the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh (OUP). In 2018, the Polish Embassy in London published a collection of his Poems. He has been attached to University College London for over ten years, first as Honorary Visiting Professor from 2009–2019, and now as Honorary Senior Research Fellow; he gives seminars there on editing from manuscripts, manuscript circulation and the smuggling of subversive books in early modern England. He has been Senior Research Fellow at Campion Hall, Oxford since 2015. He was a Visiting Professor at Masaryk University, Brno for three years. Much of his research was done in the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, where he has had four Fellowships, and in Marsh’s Library, Dublin, where he had a Fellowship, and libraries in Oxford, London, Krakow, Warsaw, Prague, Munich, Dillingen and Rome.

Cost:

Conference ticket: £29

Conference ticket, student discount: £24*

Student special offer: 5 tickets for £100*

Conference and overnight B&B: £65

Conference and overnight B&B, student discount: £60*

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