The Faith Matters lectures are organised by the Agency for Evangelisation. They invite guest speakers to give lectures on a wide range of topics, reflecting on certain themes or documents in the Church.
There are on average two series of four lectures each year. They are all audio-recorded and can be listened to on their dedicated webpage. Some have also been videoed to watch as well.
The list of lecture series from Spring 2009 until the present can be seen on the left-hand side. The most current series of talks is the Advent 2016 series which is a joint partnership with the Dominican Priory.
If you have any questions or queries about the series, please contact Ausra Cane at the Agency for Evangelisation.
‘Unto us a child is born’ (Isaiah 9:6): The Joyful mysteries and Jesus
Tue 22nd Nov 2016: ‘Full of Grace’: Our Lady, the Annunciation, and us by Fr. Nicholas Crowe OP. Exploring Mary’s consent to God’s work of salvation and what this means for us.
Mon 28th Nov 2016: The Visitation: Elizabeth’s example of Marian Prayer by Fr. Paul Rowse OP. How should we speak to someone who does not live on earth anymore? Can it even be done? The mother of John the Baptist offers us prayer as the way our familiar and filial relationship with the Saviour’s Mother is renewed by us.
Mon 5th Dec 2016: The Nativity: This will be a sign for you (Luke 2: 12) by Fr. Martin Ganeri OP. What does the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem show us about God and his plan for humanity?
Mon 12th Dec: Recognising the Redeemer; Sharing Jesus' Journey Home: The Presentation in the Temple by Fr. Richard Conrad OP. Fr Richard will explain the two Old Testament rituals that
Time: 7.00pm to 8.30pm.
Dates: 16th and 23rd Feb, 1st and 8th Mar 2016.
Where: Vaughan House, 46 Francis St , SW1P 1QN
Booking is required as places are limited. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you have no access to the Internet call at 020 7931 6078 to leave your details. Suggested donation is £4.50 per talk.
Faith Matters: Advent 2015. 'Behold, this is our God'
Where: Vaughan House, 46 Francis St, SW1P 1QN
When: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
24th Nov 2015, "Fear not," said the Angel to the shepherds, "I bring you good news of great joy for all the people." (Lk 2.10)'. Fr. John Farrell OP offers a meditation on St. Matthew and St. Luke's account of the birth of Christ, and on the joy of believing. Fr. John is the Provincial of the English Province of the Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominicans and is a well-known lecturer and public speaker.
1st Dec 2015, 'Waiting for Christ with the Fathers'. Fr. Thomas Skeats OP explores how the early Church understood the coming of Jesus through a study of some of the earliest commentaries on the Gospels. Fr. Thomas is superior of the Dominican community in London and parish priest at St. Dominic's, Haverstock Hill. He also teaches Patristics at Blackfriars Hall and Studium, Oxford.
8th Dec 2015, 'Christ and Chalcedon'. At the Council of Chalcedon, the Church definitively articulated its faith that Jesus is fully human and fully divine. Fr. Dominic Ryan OP shows how the Church came to recognize the two natures of Christ, and why this is important. Fr. Dominic Ryan OP is a Dominican Friar based at St. Dominic's, Haverstock Hill. He teaches Christology at Blackfriars Hall and Studium, Oxford.
15th Dec 2015, 'Christ the Fulfilment of our Hope' 'Fr Gregory Pearson OP explores the Church's hope in Christ as expressed in the liturgy of Advent. Fr. Gregory is a Dominican Friar based at St. Dominic's, Haverstock Hill where he currently works on the parish.