Lauriston Jesuit Centre

Dane Lam began by giving us an insight as to what a conductor actually is. A conductor, we were told, “can make all the difference or no difference”, depending on whether they are any good or not, but listening to the opening phrase of Beethoven’s Heroica symphony from different performances over a century we all understood that directive decisions by a conductor could make exactly the same music sound very different.Interestingly, the word conductor in English seems to be somewhat unique in...
Check out the latest Zoom talk from the Lauriston Jesuit Centre's 'Festival Flavours' series  Michael John O’Neill is a playwright and producer living in Glasgow. As a producer he specialises in developing new work, and was the founder and first Artistic Producer of the Tron Theatre’s artistic development department, Tron CREATIVE. In 2020 he has had writing commissioned by National Theatre of Scotland and Pitlochry Festival Theatre and is currently attached to Royal Exchange Theatre...
Lorna Gold is an important voice within the Catholic climate movement in Ireland and around the world.  She writes and speaks extensively on Pope Francis’ teaching in Laudato Sí, and her recent very personal book ‘Climate Generation’ has been highly praised.Lorna is a member of the economy group within the Vatican’s post-COVID 19 task force, vice-chair of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, and a member of the Irish Government’s Advisory Group on the National Climate...
This month marks the fifth ‘birthday’ of Laudato Si. Where are we, in the journey towards addressing the climate emergency, and finding a new way of relating to creation? Dr Theodora Hawksley will introduce the theme of moral imagination, and ask how the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic might help us to recognise our global interdependence, and the need for an integral approach to human dignity, development and security.To attend this online talk simply create a Zoom...
Dr Paul O’Reilly – or Fr Paul O’Reilly SJ (pictured) – will launch a new series of online Zoom talks, ‘Lockdowns from Lauriston’, from the Lauriston Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh with a look at his work supporting homeless people during the coronavirus lockdown.You can join this first talk and Q&A on Zoom at 7:30pm Tuesday May 5th using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2365092814During the present lockdown, while many people are forced to stay in their homes – many of them unable to...
Still by Alison Watt
As part of the Lauriston Jesuit Centre’s autumn series, Scottish painter Alison Watt OBE will be giving a talk at Old St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Edinburgh where she will reflect on the monumental painting of hers which hangs there, titled Still.Alison Watt won (while still at art college) the 1987 Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, widely regarded as the most important portrait prize in the world. From this early success came a commission to paint the Queen Mother.In 2008...
Paul Martin SJ
Join us at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre this September as we 'Journey Towards Caring for Our Common Home' with a series of talks exploring Pope Francis' document Laudato Si in light of the forthcoming Amazon Synod.Speaker: Paul Martin SJ, Former Regional Superior for the Jesuits in Guyana.Paul Martin, SJ is the former regional superior for the Jesuits in Guyana. Originally from Liverpool Fr Martin entered the Society of Jesus in 1984 and was ordained a priest in 1996. He studied...
Dr Carmody Gray
Join us at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre this September as we 'Journey Towards Caring for Our Common Home' with a series of talks exploring Pope Francis' document Laudato Si in light of the forthcoming Amazon Synod.Speaker: Dr Carmody Gray, Assistant Professor of Catholic Theology - Durham University.Dr Carmody Grey is Assistant Professor of Catholic Theology at Durham University. She works mainly in the areas of philosophical theology and theological ethics, with a focus on science,...
Julia MacDonald
Join us at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre this September as we 'Journey Towards Caring for Our Common Home' with a series of talks exploring Pope Francis' document Laudato Si in light of the forthcoming Amazon Synod.Speaker: Julia McDonald, St Bede's Pastoral Centre.Julia MacDonald is the first lay director of St Bede’s Pastoral Centre, York and has been in post since September 2017. She is also a seasoned spiritual director having trained with the Jesuits in Glasgow. Entry by donation
This June, the Lauriston Jesuit Centre is hosting a screening of the 2018 documentary Pope Francis: A Man of His Word at St Catharine’s Convent, 4 Lauriston Gardens followed by drinks on the lawn.Entry by donationThe film can also be purchased on the Amazon website, which describes it in these terms: “Written and directed by three-time Academy Award nominee Wim Wenders, [the film] is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. A rare co...

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