How do you fancy spending a study week at the Monastery of Our Lady of Hyning in North Lancashire, in an area of outstanding natural beauty? Well, a few places are still available at a Catholic Peoples’ Week (CPW) 18-25 June (Tuesday-Tuesday). It is an adults-only week.
The theme is: ‘The supporting cast?’ and it focuses on woman in the Old Testament. The Old Testament is full of patriarchs, prophets, kings and judges - lots of men, but there are many vivid female characters as well. The week will consider the stories of some of the strong women of the Bible - murderers, queens, heroines and harlots - including the three who have their own books; Ruth, Judith and Esther. It will explore ways in which their lives bear witness to the unfolding of God's abiding love for all created things. Participants will listen to, look at, read and discuss the scriptures and the music, art and literature they have inspired.
The week will be led by Sue and Vin Allerton, Sr Teresa Brittain, Anne McGough and the chaplain will be Fr Peter Kinsella. The picturesque setting, with its simple chapel and welcoming Bernardine Cistercian nuns, provides a favourite venue for many CPW members. Accommodation is in single and twin-bedded rooms. There is a lift and full wheelchair access.
CPW has been providing ‘holidays with a difference’ for nearly 70 years with family weeks and adult only weeks offered. Nine events have been organised for 2013, all providing opportunities for lay formation. Around 350 weeks have been run since 1945, when the three founders - Reg Trevett, a Taunton teacher; Dom Ralph Russell, a monk at Downside Abbey; and John Todd, a conscientious objector who worked on land near Downside during the war and was a co-founder of the religious publishing house Darton Longman & Todd – decided to create opportunities for lay Catholics to study theology and deepen their understanding of faith. After the boost given to lay formation by Vatican II, the weeks became ever more popular. The mixture of talks and activities, prayer and socialising, in a community setting is clearly popular with many Catholic families and individuals. Afternoons are free so there is plenty of time to enjoy the lovely surroundings at the Hyning week.
Vin Allerton can be contacted on e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
To book, please complete the Online Booking Form for this event at: www.catholicpeoplesweeks.org.uk/hyningsummer.htm
Full CPW brochure at: www.catholicpeoplesweeks.org.uk