Columban Catholic People’s Week event ‘Sharing Gospel Joy’

4th January 2018 - by Ellen Teague

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For over 70 years Catholic People’s Weeks (CPW) has been providing “holidays that make a difference”, where you’ll find food for thought, faith and friends. All the events offer engaging talks and activities, prayer and socialising, in a community setting.

In 2018, CPW has organised nine events, and one of them will be in February on the Columban theme, ‘Sharing Gospel Joy’. Details are:

‘Sharing Gospel Joy’
BOARS HILL
16-18 February 2018 (Fri–Sun)
18+   Fully catered

‘Sharing Gospel Joy’ is the theme of this year’s centenary of the Columban Missionary Society. Mission is about co-operating with God’s transforming and liberating activity in our world.  By virtue of our baptism, we are called to be a missionary community in service of the Kingdom of God.

The weekend will use stories of people who have crossed boundaries to share Gospel joy.  We will reflect on our own mission, led by our team of speakers.  Columban Father Jim Fleming has expertise on interreligious dialogue, having worked in Pakistan and in outreach to asylum seekers in Birmingham. Ellen Teague and Julia Corcoran, of the Columban Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Team, will look at responding to the plea of Pope Francis in Laudato Si to heed “the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor”.  Married couple Virginia Moffatt and Chris Cole, who live in Oxford, will tell their stories about peacemaking in today’s world. Virginia has recently edited ‘Reclaiming the Common Good: How Christians can rebuild our broken world’, and written ‘Echo Hall’, about three generations of women experiencing love, loss and conflict in times of war. Chris is founder of Drone Wars UK, which keeps a critical eye on the increasing use of military drones, and is active in civil disobedience against war and the arms trade.

Chair: Ellen Teague
Chaplain: Fr Jim Fleming SSC
Organiser: Ted Monks

Boars Hill is a Carmelite Priory just outside Oxford, within easy reach of the A34 and M40.  Its peaceful setting has pleasant walks from its doorstep and fantastic views over the nearby city of Oxford.  It provides good accommodation in single and twin rooms with good wheelchair access and is a venue that will appeal to adults of all ages.

Information and Bookings:
Ted Monks
BHW2018@catholicpeoplesweeks.org.uk

Link:
Catholic People’s Weeks
http://www.catholicpeoplesweeks.org.uk/index.php