Symposium: Memory, Martyrs and Mission

Symposium, concert and exhibition to mark three anniversaries at the Venerable English College (VEC), Rome, April–May 2018:
• the bicentenary of the re-opening of the VEC in 1818
• the 450th anniversary of the opening of the English College, Douai, 1568;
• the 900th anniversary of the birth of St Thomas of Canterbury (c. 1118–1170)


Memory, Martyrs and Mission: aspects of priestly formation for England and Wales, 1118–2018

09:00 Welcome and opening remarks
Monsignor Philip Whitmore, Rector, Venerable English College, Rome

09:10 St Thomas Becket (c. 1118–1170), Patron of the Venerable English College Church and of the English Clergy
Reverend Nicholas Schofield, Archivist of the Archdiocese of Westminster, London

10:10 Douai, The Venerabile, and the idea of the Tridentine seminary
Professor Eamon Duffy, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge

11:10 – 11:40 Coffee break

11:40 The cultural life of the English Colleges on the Continent
Professor Peter Davidson, Campion Hall, University of Oxford

12:45 – 13:45 Buffet lunch

14:00 ‘No other of Christianity except that which we preach to them’: the Venerable Bede and the 1580s Martyrs’ frescoes of the Venerable English College
Dr Carol Richardson, University of Edinburgh

15:00 The restoration of the English and Welsh seminaries in the aftermath of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars
Reverend Dr Peter Phillips, Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University

16:00 – 16:30 Break

16:30 New wine in old wineskins? Harnessing the power of history to renew priestly formation
Professor Judith Champ, DSS, St Mary’s College, Oscott, Birmingham

17:30 Concluding remarks and close of Symposium



Opportunity to preview the exhibition,
Memory, Martyrs and Mission: aspects of the history of the English Hospice and the Venerable English College, Rome, 1362–2018
in the Crypt of the Venerable English College.

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 09:00 to 17:30
Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra
Piazza Sant’Agostino 20a
00186 Rome RM