Booking now: Living Theology at Allen Hall

Following on from the success of last year, 'A Summer School of Catholic Faith' Living Theology at Allen Hall  2011 will be held at the slightly earlier dates of Friday 24 June to Monday 27 June at Allen Hall, Beaufort Street, Chelsea, London SW3.

The long weekend is a collaboration between Allen Hall (Diocese of Westminster Seminary) and Living Theology Summer School, and participants can choose to be fully residential or non-residential (to include lunch). This event will appeal especially to people unable to spare time for a full week-long course, whilst the daily non-residential option and afternoon Plenary Lectures also cater for those living locally.

The courses are designed to appeal principally to all who are seeking answers to the many questions and challenges to their Catholic faith raised by life in the 21st century, and participants can select one course from Group A and one from Group B which they follow throughout the weekend.  Group A offers the choice between “Passing on the Faith to Generation X and Y” with Nelle Carty Dalton (who has worked in Catholic schools in America and is currently RC chaplain at St Bede’s school, Redhill) or 'The Apocalypse – the Final Act of God’s Drama' with Fr John Hemer MHM (a Mill Hill Missionary and Lecturer at Allen Hall Seminary). The Group B options are “Conscience and Film” with Sr Helen Costigane SHCJ (Lecturer in Canon Law, Christian Ethics and Pastoral Theology , Heythrop College, University of London), or 'The Sacrament of Marriage, Sexuality, the Family and Children and the teaching of Scripture' with Fr Peter Burrows (a biblical scholar and Lecturer at Allen Hall).

The Plenary Lectures held on three afternoons build on the other courses, but they can also be attended separately as they stand alone. The topics are 'The Beauty of Canon Law' by Helen Costigane SHCJ, 'Leadership today and the Apostles of the Church' by Fr Dominic Robinson SJ (who works in adult faith formation in the Diocese of Westminster and teaches Dogmatic Theology at Heythrop College), and 'Catholic Social Teaching – A guide in troubled times' by Mgr John Armitage (Vicar General of Brentwood Diocese, Parish Priest at Royal Docks and responsible for the Catholic Church's engagement with the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games).

Course tutors and Plenary Lecturers have been chosen for their expertise and experience, and participants are promised a stimulating and exciting four days to explore these issues in relaxed and comfortable surroundings. Optional liturgies include daily Mass and Morning Prayer in Allen Hall’s own chapel, and there is evening entertainment for residents. Young people are particularly welcome.  

Living Theology courses are traditionally very friendly places, and last year was no exception. Here are just a few comments: “this has been a wonderful course in a beautiful setting”; “well worth setting aside the time to attend”, “there will be much ‘fruit’ from the seeds planted here”; “there was a really good atmosphere amongst the group”.

Full details of lectures, Lecturers, cost, and a downloadable application form and timetable can be found at: 

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