Living Theology Llandudno 2019

Loreto Centre
Loreto Centre

We would love to see you at the 2019 Living Theology weekend, 7-9 June, to be held at Llandudno.

Our theme for the 2019 weekend will be:

“Understanding your everyday beliefs” 

What is Living Theology?

The Living Theology Summer School has been organised by Jesuits and their associates in venues across the country for over 50 years. The courses continue to provide opportunities for Christians of all denominations to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith, and develop their personal reflection on Christian living and belief. No prior theological knowledge is required, just an open mind and willingness to engage.

The Courses

All participants follow the three lectures given by Theodora Hawksley, the Key Note Speaker. Her Friday evening lecture is also a Public Lecture, so everyone is welcome, even if not attending the rest of the weekend. Participants then choose two other courses, one for Saturday and another for Sunday. Each course will consist of three presentations throughout the day. This makes it possible for those who are only able to attend on one day, to complete a full course.
Theodora Hawksley's first lecture (at 7.30pm on Friday June 7th) is a public lecture, open to all even if not attending the rest of the weekend.

Theodora Hawksley CJ is a theologian by training, with a background in ecclesiology and social science. Her postdoctoral work at the University of Edinburgh focussed on peacebuilding and the arts, and she is currently finishing a book on Catholic social teaching on Peace. She entered the Congregation of Jesus in 2015, and is based in London.

Mike Smith SJ is a Jesuit priest who in involved in adult education, who also works with the Jesuit Refugee Service. His background is science, but he also has a great interest in scripture. He lectures in several places on theological topics, especially the links between science and faith, and tries to maintain this view of reality in all his work.

John Moffatt SJ is a British Province Jesuit. He has taught and worked as a teacher and university chaplain, and is now working on a doctorate in Medieval Islamic thought at London University. Publications include The Resurrection of the Word (The Way Publications) and The Philosopher’s Friend and Tales of Detection (self-published on Lulu). He blogs occasionally on ‘Letting the Porcupine out of the Bottle’. Looking at some of the material on the latter is probably the easiest way of deciding whether you would want to sign up for a course led by him.

James Crampsey SJ, a Glasgow-born Jesuit, lectured in Biblical Studies at Heythrop College , after which he became Provincial of the British Jesuits for six years. Then he was a parish priest in the multi- faith and multi-ethnic context of Southall in West London, after which he went to Edinburgh, where he was director of the Lauriston Jesuit Centre. He is currently involved in the work of the Chaplaincy at Manchester University.

Download the brochure for the weekend

The venue

The Loreto Centre offers an ideal location for those of all religions and none seeking a quiet place for peace, rest and prayer away from the stresses of daily life. The local environment offers plenty of walks and areas to sit and watch the world go by within the local environment. The centre is only a few minutes away from the coast and right next to the Great Orme, which offers breathtaking views of Llandudno and the surrounding area. A large car park is available.

Suggested Donation

The suggested donation for the full weekend is £70; if attending for just one day, we ask for £35. A  non-refundable £10 deposit with the booking form will secure your place. If attending residentially, the suggested donation is £170 (this includes course fee) and we ask for a non-refundable £50 deposit. Please make it clear on your booking form if you require accommodation. A £5 donation is requested if attending the Friday night lecture only; this may be paid on the day. If attending any other part of the weekend, this lecture is included in your total donation.

Catering: The suggested donation includes tea/coffee and a light lunch.

Please Note: It is important to us that nobody is excluded from our programmed events for financial reason. Please speak to us if you would find difficulty in meeting the suggested offering. If on the other hand, you feel able to make an extra contribution towards a bursary fund, this would enable others to participate in our programme.

Bookings: Please fill in the form and return to Loreto Centre with your deposit.

Download a booking form

For further information, please contact Ewa Bem IBVM at Loreto Centre, Tel: 01492 878031 or email:

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 18:00 to Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 16:45
Loreto Centre
Abbey Road
LL30 2EL
United Kingdom