Stories from Catholic universities, colleges and schools in the UK and around the world. It also includes news relevant to educational resources, and articles by pupils and students.

Scotland: Calls to reject plan to remove voting rights for church reps on education committee

Catholics in Ayrshire are being urged to fight a proposal intended to strip the Catholic community of its voting rights on East Ayrshire Council's Education Committee.

The Bishop of Galloway, Bishop William Nolan wants them to urge local councillors to support Ayrshire's Catholic community and vote against any such moves to ensure its schools' Catholic ethos is maintained.

He warned...

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New CAFOD schools programme champions Catholic social teaching

Teacher training training day

A new programme that is championing the teaching of global issues and exploring Catholic Social Teaching has inspired teachers around the country - and recent participants are urging other Catholic schools to get involved.

Teachers from across the country have taken part in special training days, run by international development charity CAFOD, and supported by the British Council, to help...

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Text: President's Address to Catholic Theological Association

Revd Dr Ashley Beck

The Revd Dr Ashley Beck gave the following address to the Catholic Theological Association meeting at St Mary's University on 5 September. Dr Beck is President of the CTA.

In the past year the association has continued to be represented on the main umbrella group for those teaching theology and religious studies in higher education, TRS-UK; we have circulated for you the draft n...

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Talking about God

The Catholic Theological Association held their annual conference place at St Mary's University from 2-5 September, looking at our language about God and religious faith in relation to historical theology, the challenges of post-modernity and atheism, and contemporary Catholic education. Participants also considered religious language in art and music.

The Revd Dr Ashley Beck...

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Mater Ecclesiae College moves from Heythrop to St Mary's

St Mary's University

The Theological and Philosophical faculties, to be known as Mater Ecclesiae College, will open on the 1 October 2019 in its new home at St Mary's University, Twickenham.

Prior to this move, the Institute was based at Heythrop College which, on the 31 January 2019, ceased to be a college of the University of London.

In July of this year, the Holy See, by a Decree of the Congregation ...

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Fr Robin Gibbons welcomes reinstatement of Oxford college dean

Christ Church Cathedral Oxford - Wiki image

Fr Robin Gibbons writes:

The news that the Dean of Christ Church Oxford, the Very Reverend Martyn Percy has been exonerated of all charges against him (see link below), and can now return to his duties is welcome to all of us who have supported and believed in his cause. The issue is complex, made more so by arcane statutes and procedures which have not helped matters and caused...

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Woldingham School seeks Liturgical Music Co-ordinator

Every Sunday (term time only) - required either 10am to 12pm or 4pm to 6pm (depending on when Mass takes place)

Woldingham School, Woldingham, Caterham CR3 7YA

We're looking for a creative and adaptable individual to lead liturgical music within the School community, build on the considerable talent to be found in the student body and develop our Ca...

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Birmingham: Columban Interreligious dialogue Summer School

Guru Nanak Gurdwara,  Sparkhill

"This programme has given me the opportunity to experience and better understand other faith traditions as well as to learn more about my own!" This quote is from one of more than 50 participants who took part in a three-evening summer school in Birmingham in mid-July organised by the Columban Interreligious Dialogue Team.

People from across the Archdiocese of Birmingham attended the ...

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Cardinal Vincent presents Benedict Medal to Sr Berchmans

Cardinal Vincent, with Sr Berchmans, High Commissioner Mohammad Nafees Zakaria and Ambassador Adrian O'Neill

At the St Mary's University graduation ceremony at Westminster Cathedral yesterday, Cardinal Vincent presented the Benedict Medal, the university's highest honour, to Sr Berchmans in recognition of a lifetime's teaching and promoting interfaith relations.

Sr Berchmans joined the Convent of Jesus and Mary in 1951 in Willesden and has spent over 65 years teaching, mostly in Pakistan, where ...

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Wales: Swansea school marches on Mumbles for Climate Change

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Pupils from St David's Catholic Primary school in Swansea have been campaigning all month in an effort to reduce climate change, culminating in a march on the Mumbles.

The school decided to start campaigning when they saw charity CAFOD's 'Zero to Hero' campaign, which was launched in an effort to get communities to head towards a future with zero waste.

Every member of the school de...

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Ealing: Rugby star Joe Simpson returns to old school to present prizes

Wasps rugby player Joe Simpson was Guest of Honour at St Benedict's Junior School Prize Giving this week. Joe is a former pupil of St Benedict's Ealing, which he represented at both rugby and cricket.

The 30-year-old once-capped England scrum-half has played for Wasps for over a decade and will join Premiership rivals Gloucester next season.

After presenting the prizes - including t...

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London: Lord Patten presents prizes at St Benedicts

Head Boy Evan Hobson, Headmaster Andrew Johnson,  Lord Patten,  Head Girl Valentina Elner-Kupcha

Lord Patten of Barnes was Principal Guest at St Benedict's Prize Giving on Monday 24th June. Alumnus and Patron of the school, Chris Patten is Chancellor of Oxford University and a Crossbench member of the House of Lords.

In his address, Lord Patten - the last British Governor of Hong Kong and a Conservative politician until 2011 - said: "St Benedict's made me. It gave me the three Benedi...

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St George's College singers visit Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral

The links between art, music and faith are at the heart of the Music department's development at St George's College, Weybridge. First Year singers from the College and Chamber Choirs have been particularly active this term. After a successful day of hymn-singing workshops with primary school children which took place in St George's in the East, Whitechapel in May, the young musicians from Weyb...

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London: Pupils take concerns about unaccompanied refugee children to Home Office

Three students from Westminster Cathedral RC Primary School in Pimlico, with their Headteacher, Mrs Alexandra Stacey, delivered letters written by their Student Council to the Home Office on Friday 21 June, to express their concern about the safety and protection of unaccompanied refugee children during and after Brexit.

The initiative began after Mrs Stacey, invited JudyAnn Masters from ...

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