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A Day Conference on Globalisation, Solidarity and Common Goods (combined with the launch of the book series ‘Bloomsbury Studies in Global Ethics’ and marking its two first publications: Global Ethics and Global Common Goods by Patrick Riordan and Solidarity Without Borders: Ethics in the Globalised World, edited by Janusz Salamon)The conference will explore several moral philosophical questions related to the idea of good life in the context of globalisation. Bearing in mind the diversity of...
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Following the decision that Heythrop will cease to be a constituent college of the University of London in 2018, the Jesuits in Britain are undertaking a process to review and discern the vision that will shape their future work in the intellectual sphere.That sphere comprises teaching and research in theology, philosophy, and allied disciplines; the work of training for lay and ordained ministry; adult Christian formation of due intellectual rigour; and a contribution from its areas of...
Dialogue between North and South: what we can learn about inter-faith and missionA day conference which seeks to foster conversation about world mission in the Church and wider society.  Suitable for all interested in Mission: lay people, priests, religious, students and academics.The day includes input from keynote speaker Prof Lamin Sanneh, Professor of missions & world Christianity at Yale Divinity School; responses from Archbishop Kevin McDonald, Chair of the Bishops’ Conference...
The funeral of Fr Francis Joseph (‘Joe’) Laishley SJ (2 July 1933 – 1 July 2015) took place on Tuesday, 14 July 2015. The Gospel at the Requiem Mass was from chapter 3 of St John’s Gospel, verses 1 to 18, when Nicodemus came to Jesus “by night”. The following homily was preached by Fr Michael Barnes SJ.Why did Nicodemus come to Jesus ‘by night’?  He was a devout Pharisee and was probably a little embarrassed to be seen talking to Jesus – even a tentative conversation in a quiet corner....
Joe was born in Portsmouth, and after education at St Francis Xavier’s in Liverpool and at Portsmouth Grammar School, entered the novitiate in Harlaxton in 1951 at the age of 18. Between philosophy and theology (both at Heythrop in Oxfordshire) he studied for a teaching certificate in Roehampton, and an MA in Classical Mods and Greats at Campion Hall, returning to SFX Liverpool for regency. He was ordained in 1966, made his tertianship in St Beuno’s under Paul Kennedy, and then undertook...
Heythrop College’s governing body met yesterday to discuss the future of the college.This meeting was the culmination of detailed work over the past three years, as Governors, working in close collaboration with the Society of Jesus, and in consultation with HEFCE, have been researching ways in which Heythrop's mission and work might continue in today’s higher education environment.At its meeting, the governing body concluded that the college in its current form, as a constituent college...
The Shroud of Turin 2010
Today (19 April), the Shroud of Turin will go on display in the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, where it will be exhibited for 67 days. Among the many thousands of visitors who will see it will be Pope Francis, when he visits Turin on 21 and 22 June.The prospect of discovering the ‘relic of all relics’ is bound to be of interest.  The Turin Shroud is an ancient length of linen cloth that is visually captivating and on close inspection tells a fascinating story. Rare in its time, the...
Archbishop Fisichella
As we enter Holy Week, Simon Bishop SJ offers his thoughts on a talk that he attended recently at Heythrop College, given by the President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation.“Do you remember Pope Francis’ first homily after his election?” This was one of the questions posed by Archbishop Rino Fisichella at a conference on The New Evangelisation at Heythrop College organised by the Religious Life Institute. Fortunately, Archbishop Fisichella was able to refresh our memories! He...
New models of religious understandingHeythrop College’s Centre for Philosophy of Religion seminar series: Towards a Philosophy of Religious PracticeThis seminar will be led by Dr Clare Carlisle.All are welcome and there is no need to book, please just come along.Contact Dr Fiona Ellis  f.ellis@heythrop.ac.uk  
During this intensive weekend we will explore consecrated life from a wide variety of theological and pastoral perspectives.  Topics include Biblical foundations of the consecrated life, vowed living in the 3rd millennium, consecrated life in the church and personal and community spiritual growth.Students are encouraged to reflect on their own experience and to engage with that of others.  The course offers an excellent opportunity for personal renewal and lifelong learning.  It...

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