Newman House Chaplaincy - 50th Anniversary Lectures

This academic year (2016-17) we celebrate 50 years since the Catholic Chaplaincy moved from St Patrick's Soho Square to its present location at Newman House on Gower Street. It is a time to thank God for the work of university chaplaincy and to ensure that the work can continue and develop further over the next 50 years.

The celebration includes a series of public lectures - the first is this Monday - and a special anniversary weekend. All are welcome.

There are over 400,000 students in London who need the support and presence of the Church. Later in the year we hope to launch our Redevelopment Programme which will include plans for a new church and conference centre to meet the needs of students and academic staff in the 21st century.

ANNIVERSARY LECTURES - open to all. Non-students need to register a place by emailing:

Mondays at 7pm, at Newman House (111 Gower Street, London WC1E 6AR), finishing by 8.15pm

24 October 2016, Our Place in the Natural World, Carmody Grey (Doctoral student at the University of Bristol; former Head of Philosophy, Religion and Ethics at Bedales School)

21 November, Rethinking the Meaning of Money, Sr Margaret Atkins, OSA (Augustinian Canoness at Boarbank Hall; Research Fellow at Blackfriars, Oxford)

23 January 2017, Science vs Faith? Dr Andrew Pinsent (Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University)

20 February, Are All Religions Really Just the Same? Fr Damian Howard, S.J. (Lecturer in Theology and Christian-Muslim Relations, Heythrop College, University of London)

20 March, The Implications of Practicing Justice, Sarah Teather (Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service; Former MP and Minister)

8 May, Friendship and Its Enemies, Dr Andrew Hegarty (Director, Thomas More Institute, London; independent scholar researching the history of universities)

ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND - for students, academic staff, alumni and friends. Dates for your diaries. Details to follow...
Friday 26 May 2017, "The Boat Party": Drinks, Supper and Cruise Down the Thames

Saturday 27 May, Open House at Newman House (lunch, anniversary exhibition, recollections with former chaplains, evening talent show)

Sunday 28 May, 2pm, Jubilee Mass and Reception with Cardinal Vincent Nichols at St James's Church, Spanish Place (22 George St, London W1U 3QY).


Were you a student in London for some time over these 50 years? Did you live in the Chaplaincy or come to Mass or other events here? We would love to re-connect with you. Please get in touch with us to register for information about the celebrations taking place this year, and to join us for the Alumni weekend in May next year.

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