Living Theology York 2017

Gemma Simmonds CJ
Sr Gemma Simmonds CJ

“Girls and boys come out to pray….”,  men and women in today’s church

You are invited to a Study Day with Sr Gemma Simmonds, at The Bar Convent in York, on Saturday 15th July, 2017.  The theme is “Girls and boys come out to pray”,  men and women in today’s church.

'There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus'.  This dream of the new community in the risen Jesus has inspired generations of Christians, yet in practice it has never entirely overcome the pressures of historical and cultural perceptions about gender.  While different parts of the Christian communion have in recent decades made their own decisions with regard to ordination, leadership and ministry, it is argued that there is still much to debate and overcome with regard to deeply embedded prejudices. 

How can we create a faith community in which the specific gifts of each gender are recognized while the equality of each gender in Christ is practised to the full?

Our Speaker

This year’s speaker is Sr Gemma Simmonds CJ, who will lead the day’s programme of talks and discussions.  Gemma is director of the Religious Life Institute at Heythrop College, University of London, and past president of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain.  A religious sister of the Congregation of Jesus, she is an international speaker and lecturer, working in the fields of Catholic education, spirituality and training for ministry.   Follow this link for more about Sr Gemma.

Our Venue

We are delighted to be enjoying the hospitality of the Bar Convent, 17 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ, where all the facilities, including the lecture room and meeting rooms, have been recently refurbished.  The Bar Convent is not only an oasis of tranquillity with a beautiful chapel and peaceful gardens, but is also close to York railway station, beside the city walls.

Our Programme

The programme will start at 10.40am, with registration from 10.00am.  Sr Gemma will lead three sessions (two lectures and a workshop); there will be ample opportunities for questions and discussion.  The day will finish with Mass in the Chapel at 5pm.  A buffet lunch is included, as well as coffees/teas throughout the day.  Please download the full timetable File 2017_timetable_living_theology_york.pdf

The Cost

The suggested Donation for the day, including lunch and refreshments, is £20 per person (£10 for students).  However it is important to us that no one is excluded for financial reasons, so please make contact if you find difficulty with the suggested amount.


Please download the Booking Form Microsoft Office document icon 2017_booking_form_for_website.doc complete it and send it with details of your payment to
Brenda Fazikas, 34 Broome Close, Huntington, York, YO32 9RH;  [email protected].


For making your Donation: 
either send a cheque to Brenda with your Booking Form (cheques payable to ‘Living Theology York’),

or make a BACS payment to ‘Living Theology York’, with Sort Code 40-43-11 and Account Number 72012642.  (Please include your name as a reference if paying by BACS.)

Confirmation and queries

Further details about travel, parking, etc will be sent when your booking is confirmed.  Please contact Patricia Egerton 01642-645732 with other queries.


We will be very grateful if you feel able to help in publicising this event, by printing and distributing the Poster to anyone who might be interested.  In particular, it would be appreciated if you could print off the Poster for display in churches, schools, colleges, etc.  Thank you!  PDF icon 2017_living_theology_poster.pdf

‘Living Theology’

‘Living Theology’ courses are sponsored by the Jesuits in Britain, and led by those who are experts in their fields.  Courses are informative but informal, aimed at fostering discussion and a deeper understanding of important issues.  Presentations are supported by general discussion and opportunities for prayer.

The original impetus for ‘Living Theology’ was to help Catholics study the outcomes from Vatican II. 
Fifty years on - with summer schools, weekend programmes and study days in different parts of the country - ‘Living Theology’ still offers ways for people of all denominations to

  •    deepen their knowledge of Christian tradition,
  •    reflect upon important issues facing Christians today,
  •    learn more about spirituality.

‘Living Theology’ operates under the auspices of the Society of Jesus Trust, Registered Charity No. 230165.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 10:00 to 17:00
Bar Convent
17 Blossom Street
YO24 1AQ
United Kingdom