Category Archives: Events Past

Craigmyle Lecture – 10 October 2019

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.

 

 

 

Talk by Patrick Grady MP on Wednesday 12 June at 6.45pm

 

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 info@cuct.org.

 

 

 

Summer Gathering on 29 June 2019 at CHC Stonyhurst – Full details

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

Any questions?  Please email director@catholicunion.org.uk.

Summer Gathering 2016

The 2016 Summer Gathering was held on Saturday 25 June 2016 at St. Mary’s University.

Strawberry HillThe day’s events started with Mass at the University’s chapel, which His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI visited during his visit to the UK in 2010. Mass was celebrated by Rev Fr John Dickson SDB. David O’Mahony, chairman of the Union spoke about his visit to Rome. Next was Tony Cole, chairman of the Parliamentary and Public Affairs Committee (PPAC). Since the last gathering the Liverpool Care Pathway has been dropped, the Physician Assisted Dying Bill was defeated in Parliament by a vote of 330 to 118. However the issue has not gone away and the BMA debated the matter again only last week and decided to maintain their opposition .

Another issue is modern slavery with which Teresa May the Home Secretary (now Prime Minister) and Cardinal Vincent Nichols have been involved. The scientific section of Laudato Si the Pope’s exhortation deals with climate change. Abortion is back on the agenda and there is a Parliamentary enquiry into abortion law. The question of Genocide should be referred to the UN Security Council, while HM Government maintains that it is a matter for the courts to determine. On a positive note we had a small victory in keeping the Sunday trading laws without amendment. Last to speak was Sir Edward Leigh, President of the Union. He explained how hard it is to have a Catholic perspective on many issues which come before the House of Commons.

Strawberry Hill (2)Luncheon with wine was served in the splendid Waldegrave Drawing Room. Following lunch, some of the attendees toured Strawberry Hill House, which adjoins the University’s buildings. This house was owned and developed by Horace Walpole, politician, writer,  collector and son of Sir Robert Walpole, Britain’s first Prime Minister.