On his blog Fr. Ed Tomlinson has announced a series of monthly lectures on Wednesday evenings throughout 2016 on the theme of the Beatitudes:
Blessed are the merciful
St. Anselm’s is hosting a special series of lectures to mark the ‘Year of Mercy’. Each talk will be centred on one of the beatitudes. As in the ‘Year of faith’, when a similar programme proved very popular, the lectures will take place on a Wednesday evening (with one exception) following Low Mass and refreshments. Click on the poster above to enlarge it and reveal the dates. Let us now look at who is speaking.
Rt. Revd Michael Nazir-Ali was the first non-white Bishop in the Church of England where he served as bishop of Rochester for 15 years. In 2009 he resigned his post to dedicate his life to serving the persecuted church. He will be the first of our special “Year of Mercy speakers” but unlike the others, who will form the Wednesday evening lectures, he will visit the parish on the first Sunday in Lent. There will be no homily that day so that he can address us after Mass.
Benedict Rogers: I heard Benedict speak at the Evangelium conference and was moved by his life story and extraordinary conversion. Benedict works for Christian Solidarity Worldwide and briefs government ministers and UN officials on human rights and freedom of religion. He has often put himself in danger to support the falsely imprisoned and ensure those in prison across the world are properly cared for. He has a love of Burma- despite having been deported from there on numerous occasions! This talk is not to be missed.
Fr. Paul Mason studied for the priesthood at the English College in Rome and was ordained priest in 1998. Since ordination he has worked as a curate in Purley, Surrey, was senior chaplain at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, has taught medical ethics at St Mary’s, Strawberry Hill and more latterly worked as a formation advisor at Allen Hall Seminary. He is currently Director of Ongoing Formation of Priests and the Episcopal Vicar for Kent.
Revd Jack Lusted trained for ministry in the Church of England at St. Stephen’s House theological college in Oxford. A former physics teacher he went on to minister in several parishes within Chichester diocese, most recently in Robertsbridge, before he resigned his post to join the Catholic church. Married with four children he currently worships here in Pembury as he is prepared for his new life within the Catholic priesthood.
Dame Joanna Bogle is a writer and journalist and a truly impressive force of energy and passion. A founder member of the Association for Catholic Women in England and editor of Faith magazine, Joanna joined the Ordinariate, her ex-Anglican husband having made her eligible for membership. In 2013, she was made a Dame of the Pontifical Order of St Gregory the Great by the Vatican in recognition of her unstinting work for the Catholic Church in this land. She is an expert on the life of John Paul II and used to smuggle bibles into communist lands!
Revd Dr. Stephen Morgan is a deacon of the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth, where he is Œconomus and Secretary to the Trustees. Dr Morgan is a former Anglican, a Newman scholar, and a regular monthly contributor to The Portal. He is clearly a good chap, as well as being an impressive academic, because he belongs to the infamous international ‘front row club’ (a rugby reference).
Fr. Marcus Holden was ordained in 2005 after six years of seminary at the Venerable English College in Rome. He became parish priest of Ramsgate and Minster in 2010 after serving as assistant priest in Balham and Royal Tunbridge Wells. He holds several academic degrees in theology including a Masters from Oxford University and a Licentiate from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Among his many publications are the Evangelium Course and the Saints of the English Calendar. He is co-founder of the Evangelium Project and the British Confraternity of Catholic Clergy. He lecturers at the Maryvale Institute.
Fr. Andrew Pinsent is Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University, a Research Fellow of Harris Manchester College and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford. He is also a priest of the diocese of Arundel and Brighton in England. He co-founded the Evangelium project with Fr. Marcus Holden. As a particle physicist, he worked with a team from Oxford University on the DELPHI experiment at CERN’s Large Election Positron Collider.
Fr John Hunwicke is an impressive academic who worked for many years as Chaplain and teacher at Lancing College, where he was much loved by the students. Having left the Church of England to join the Ordinariate he has become something of a cult hero on the blogosphere, for lurking behind his mighty intellect is a school boy delight in good natured mischief and humour. His encyclopaedic knowledge is a great gift to the Ordinariate.