CATHOLIC UNION APPOINTS NEW HEAD OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
The Catholic Union is pleased to announce the appointment of James Somerville-Meikle in a new position as Head of Public Affairs. James studied History and Politics at Warwick University and gained a Masters degree in Middle East Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He comes to us with from a public affairs background and will increase the impact of the Catholic Union’s engagement with Parliament and Government.
“This is a hugely exciting opportunity and I am looking forward to building on the Catholic Union’s 150 year history of giving a voice to Catholics in the public sphere.
Politics is changing fast and we must be able to communicate clearly and effectively to those in power. I will be working hard with other groups to make sure Catholic politicians have the tools they need to defend and promote their faith in an increasingly hostile public sphere.”
Thursday 10 October at 6.30pm – The Craigmyle Lecture
“Catholic Social Thought and the Economics of the Common Good”.
This year’s Craigmyle Lecture will be given by Lord Maurice Glasman, the Labour peer, political theorist and best known as a founder of “Blue Labour”. All welcome.
Followed by a Drinks Reception.
Venue: Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG.
30 members of the Catholic Union attended the annual Summer Gathering held this year at the Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst, Lancashire (our first return visit there since 1991). Members enjoyed a tour of the Stonyhurst Collection of Treasures including relics of St Thomas More (our patron) and those of a modern martyr St Oscar Romero, not to mention a Shakespeare First Folio. We also had an illustrated talk from former President Lord Alton about the Christian Heritage Centre (a former corn mill and now a well appointed retreat and conference centre) and a talk from our current President Sir Edward Leigh which touched on Brexit, Relationships and Sex Education, Divorce law, Abortion centre “buffer zones” and Catholic schools. Many of those attending stayed overnight in the Christian Heritage Centre and enjoyed dinner together in a nearby pub. On the following day, some walked the “Tolkien Trail” while others visited the nearby Marian shrine of Ladyewell at Fernyhalgh.
It was an enjoyable and uplifting weekend spiritually and socially. In 2020 which is “sesquicentennial” of the Catholic Union (150th anniversary), we will likely be returning to London for our Summer Gathering (venue to be confirmed).
The Catholic Union Charitable Trust and Farm Street Church will host a talk by Fr James Hanvey SJ on:
“Pope Francis and his Vision of the Church”
on Friday 25 October 2019 at 7pm in the Church Hall, Farm St Church (Church of the Immaculate Conception), 114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH. Mass in the Church is at 6pm.
Free entry. All welcome. Followed by a Drinks Reception.
Thursday 21 November 2019 at 6.45pm – Catholic Union AGM
The AGM will take place at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QN after the 5.30 Mass at Westminster Cathedral. All members welcome. Followed by a Reception.
Patrick Grady MP, Chief Whip of the SNP, gave an excellent talk to around 50 members of the Catholic Union and others in Parliament on Wednesday 12 June on the topic of “Catholicism and Public Life in Scotland”. A full report of the evening is available courtesy of Independent Catholic News (ICN) at this link: https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/37298
Please click on the link below to see the Job Description and Person Specification for this new position.
Applications consisting of a CV and short covering letter explaining why you are interested in the job should be sent by email to Nigel Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Wednesday 19 June 2019 at the latest.
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This submission to Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee opposing the Westminster Parliament legislating on abortion for Northern Ireland was made on 8 December 2018 but was not published at that time due to the rules of the Committee. The Committee’s Report has now issued and is on Parliament’s website (www.parliament.uk). The Report contains within it a “minority report” proposed by Eddie Hughes MP which reflects some of the views in our submission.
Abortion in NI Submission to WEC
A full report on this talk is available courtesy of Independent Catholic News at https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/37298
The Catholic Union Charitable Trust has organised a talk by Patrick Grady MP on Wednesday 12 June 2019 at 6.45pm in Committee Room 6 in the House of Commons.
The title of the talk is “Catholicism and Public Life in Scotland”
Patrick Grady is the Chief Whip of the Scottish National Party and was elected MP for Glasgow North in 2015. Between 2011 and 2015 he worked as Advocacy Manager at the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund.
Members of the Catholic Union are also invited to attend Holy Mass in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft at 6pm by kind invitation of the Catholic chaplain, Canon Pat Browne. The chapel is located in the south west corner of Westminster Hall.
The Committee Room holds only 65 people. Please register to attend with the CUCT office on 020 8749 1321 or at email@example.com.
Please see all the details about the 2019 Summer Gathering and the booking form in the link below. We look forward to welcoming you to the Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9PZ on Saturday 29 June. Perhaps you will be able to stay overnight in one of the attractive en suite rooms and explore the Tolkien Trail the next day!
Summer Gathering 2019
Photos of Theodore House are on this site: https://photos.app.goo.gl/qZEZdcFCyUmdrXwb7
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