Edinburgh Jesuit Centre

A new series of talks about conversionThe Edinburgh Jesuit Centre is delighted to announce a series of three talks to mark the 500th anniversary of the ‘Cannonball Moment during the Battle of Pamplona in 1521’ resulting in the conversion of St Ignatius of Loyola.Iñigo López de Oñaz y Loyola had been a soldier and was gravely injured when a French-Navarrese expedition force stormed the fortress of Pamplona, and a cannonball ricocheting off a nearby wall, shattered his right leg. He was...
Women in the ChurchIn the last of this Lent series of talks organised by the Edinburgh Jesuit Centre, Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ discusses the role of women in the Church. Gemma is a Sister of the Congregation of Jesus and Director of the Religious Life Institute in Cambridge, and former President of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain.In her opening remarks, Gemma said: “I want to begin by nailing my colours to the mast as someone who is an absolute all-out fan of Pope...
From hierarchy to synodAs part of a Lent series of talks about the reign of Pope Francis, the Edinburgh Jesuit Centre invited Christopher Lamb from The Tablet to speak about the Holy Father’s reorganisation of the Church.In particular, Christopher's talk focused on the reform of the Church hierarchy and the shift towards a more synodal decision-making model.You can watch a recording of the talk by clicking hereFor more information about the Edinburgh Jesuit Centre, including upcoming talks,...
Father James Martin is an American Jesuit priest, writer, and editor-at-large of the Jesuit magazine America.He is also a New York Times bestselling author and frequent commentator on the life and teachings of Jesus, and on Ignatian spirituality.The Edinburgh Jesuit Centre invited Father James to speak about Pope Francis and LGBTQ+ Ministry. You can watch the talk here.To find out more about Jesuits in Britain, sign up to our weekly e-newsletter here
What Would Francis Do?On March 19th, the feast of St Joseph, Pope Francis will mark eight years in office. Over that time, he has attempted to bring back to the Catholic church the energy and zeal which emerged from the Second Vatican Council. How far he has succeeded is the subject of the Edinburgh Jesuit Centre’s series of Lenten talks.Six prominent thinkers, each an expert in their own field, will address different aspects of Francis’ tenure.The series starts at 7.30 on Tuesday 23rd February...
A free talk with the Director of the Vatican Observatory Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ is Director of the Vatican Observatory and the President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan, received SB and SM degrees from MIT, and earned his PhD in Planetary Sciences from the University of Arizona. Along with more than 200 scientific publications, mostly in the field of meteorites and asteroids, he is also a monthly columnist in The Tablet and the author of...
Meet a legendLegendary Scottish singer and actress, Barbara Dickson OBE, will join us for a conversation at the Edinburgh Jesuit Centre on Tuesday 15th December at 7.30pm. As a multi-million selling recording artist with an equally impressive Olivier Award-winning acting career, Barbara has firmly established herself as one of the most enduring and popular artistes in Britain today. Join us and find out more about her latest album and her Catholic faith.Tuesday 15th December, 7.30pm Zoom login...
Twenty-one years ago The Lauriston Jesuit Centre came into existence and since then has provided an impressive variety of talks, seminars and courses and, as it comes of age, it will change its name to the Edinburgh Jesuit Centre. During the early days of lockdown, the centre went digital, hosting a series of online ‘Lockdowns from Lauriston’ talks which garnered an impressive audience of 45,000 from 58 countries.The Edinburgh Jesuit Centre...