Michael Barnes SJ

Congratulations to Professor Michael Barnes SJ, who has received the Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation for his long and distinguished contribution in this field. The award was presented today, 4th of April, by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace.Hubert Walter was a noted jurist and financial administrator who was himself Archbishop of Canterbury from 1193 to 1205. He accompanied King Richard on the third crusade, was involved in negotiations with...
Professor Michael Barnes SJ gives a talk on the theology of graceWaiting on Grace: a Theology of DialogueThis is an introduction to a new book. In earlier books on interreligious relations I use the phrase ‘theology of dialogue’ to encapsulate my central conviction, that there is more to dialogue than a way of Christian witness appropriate to a pluralist world. Dialogue has something to do with God.  Waiting on Grace seeks to examine critically the conviction that in some mysterious way...
Francis Clooney SJ hears the citation from Michael Barnes SJ
On Tuesday 12 December Heythrop College welcomed graduands at Kensington Town Hall for a celebration of achievement with friends, family and academics.In his address to launch the proceedings the University of London Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Adrian Smith commented on the need for advanced critical intelligence in a climate of “threats and uncertainty”, saying “[the imperative] to criticise and challenge the status quo requires constant intellectual challenge like that offered by graduates...
Fr Michael Barnes SJ spoke at two masses last week to open the academic year at Wimbledon College.  It is a tradition, all over the world, in Jesuit educational institutions to open the year with a Mass of the Holy Spirit. It marks the Ascensio Scholarum (the promotion of students from one year group or class to the next), a characteristic feature of Jesuit schools from the beginning, now universal in education systems of all kinds.Speaking to the boys of Grammar, Syntax, Rhetoric and...
A remarkable life was remembered last week at a special event in West London. It was the 10th anniversary of the death of Brother Daniel Faivre SG who did so much to promote interfaith relationships in a very diverse part of the city.  People gathered together at St Anselm’s parish, Southall for an interfaith celebration day, reflecting on the Care of Creation and remembering how Brother Daniel dedicated 28 years of his life to encouraging harmony and understanding between different faith...
Chapel at Ammerdown
If you are looking for Living Theology 2018 please follow this link  The Project: Living Theology was originally created just after Vatican II to offer opportunities to the laity to study and learn about the documents of that great Council from experts. Over the past half century the brief has widened, and now covers nearly all aspects of modern Christianity – scripture study, all branches of theology, canon law, conscience and other faiths have all played their part in opening up our...
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....
Summer school in Christian EducationFor many years, Jesuits and their associates have led summer schools of Christian Faith in venues across the country. They provide opportunities for Christians of all denominations to deepen their knowledge of the Christian faith, learn new and helpful ways of looking at the whole Christian tradition, and develop their personal reflection on Christian living and belief. In the words of Pope Francis:‘A Theology which is in dialogue with other sciences and with...