Mount Street Jesuit Centre

The miraculous draft of fishes, Raphael 1515 V&A
What was Jesus doing on Earth — Explorations Through Scripture and Art An intensive course led by Geoff Wheaton SJ focusing on Jesus’ mission during His earthly ministry.  Three Wednesday evenings during November: 11, 18, 25.  Sessions will entail close study of both Old Testament and New Testament texts. We will also look at the ways many great artists interpreted the relevant scriptural passages. It would be helpful if those attending the course brought along a Bible....
A study day led by Jill GatherThe desert held a prominent place in the imagination of early Christians. It was a place of desolation which teemed with deceitful demons, ever-intent on thwarting a person’s spiritual progress. As such, life in the desert implied temptation and ongoing ascetic struggle. But the desert also held tremendous promise, for it was here, in silence, that ascetics could hope to overcome human limitation and experience the joys of paradise. In many respects, the rigour of...
Strayed Sheep by William Holman Hunt 1852 at Tate Britain
A study day led by Audrey and Eamonn Hamilton.Men and women have long been creating art as a means of expression and, whilst opinions as to what constitutes ‘great art’ very enormously, the capacity of art to touch our feelings and emotions is undoubted. One needs no great artistic ability or knowledge of the subject to stand in front of a painting or sculpture and be moved by it.Our day at Tate Britain will provide such opportunities to ‘stand and stare’, to allow a painting or sculpture to...
Second Saturday of each month These are retreat days of prayer run in an Ignatian way, in which there is talk, time for personal prayer and the opportunity to listen to each other.  This week the day will be led by Audrey Hamilton and Geoff te Braake SJThere is no need to book for these days, just come along.
Pope Francis on Preaching: A Day with Fr Ed FoleyA Day Conference jointly organised by the College of Preachers and the Mount Street Jesuit CentreFr Foley is Professor of Spirituality, Liturgy, and Music at Catholic Theological Union of Chicago. He is an award winning author and also a widely acclaimed international speaker on preaching. He is general editor of A Handbook For Catholic Preaching (Liturgical Press) and he identifies himself as a practical theologian.For more...
With just two days to go before the General Election, a special Faith Matters Question Time will ask: What's Religion got to do with it?The panellists will be Alex Macqueen (actor, The Thick Of It); Dr Laura Keynes (author and journalist, Catholic Voices and 'Conservative Woman' blogger); Revd Lucy Winkett (Rector, St James' Church, Piccadilly) and Baron (Maurice) Glasman (Blue Labour, Stamford Hill).The lively debate will provide the opportunity to hear the views of four scintillating speakers...
Visual Exploration of the Art of Caravaggio and his FollowersMichelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was one of the greatest artists the world has seen, and he is Pope Francis’ favourite artist. This workshop will look at the man and his work, to deepen our understanding and appreciation of both. It will also examine how his work influenced other artists, including Rembrandt, Reubens, Honthorst, and Stomer.The workshop is led by Geoff Wheaton SJ  who was a teacher and headmaster before...
A Thursday morning series of reflections on three Gospel passages that describe encounters with the Risen Jesus.The first reflection focuses on the women coming to the tomb on the Sunday morning (Mk 16:1-8).The second reflection (pictured) concerns the two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Lk 24:13-35).The final reflection looks at the resurrection appearance of Jesus to some of the disciples in Galilee (Jn 21:1-23).The series will be led by Brian Purfield. Brian Purfield has been a member...
Making choices in a busy life.Life is full of choices, some of which are really important! It can be a challenge to have a clear sense of what is the ‘better thing’ to choose, and to make choices in the light of our faith, trying to involve God in our decision making.Have you ever felt that life is running away with you and that faced with so many choices it can be hard to find the time and space to make decisions well?In this workshop we will look at Ignatian discernment, have an opportunity...
Mark appears to be the first Christian writer to shape traditions of Jesus’ deeds and words and the major events of his public life into a narrative that led inexorably to the cross. He is the only evangelist to call his narrative “Gospel.” This short course is designed to give participants an introduction to and an overview of Mark’s Gospel – the Gospel for the Sunday Cycle of Lectionary Readings this year. Participants will also be offered brief and thoughtful...

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