Faith Matters - Autumn 2013 LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY

The following sessions are held is Central London and are widely accessible. Video and audio recordings are available online and broadcasted by Heart to Heart (Premier Christian Radio). For full list of available audio/video talks look at

LOCATION for 16th and 23rd October and 6th November: Vaughan House,  46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN (behind the Cathedral).

LOCATION for 19th November: Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, SW1P 1QJ,

TIME: 7.00-8.30pm.

These are public lectures and all are welcome. There will be an opportunity to discuss the talks with tea and coffee provided.  Registration is required. Please register at or 020 7931 6078 or at or follow the links on this page.

Faith Matters is an initiative of the Agency for Evangelisation in conjunction with the Mount St Jesuit Centre.

This final season of the Year of Faith turns to the Church’s life of prayer.  As such Faith Matters presents a series of three evenings exploring the diversity of traditions of prayer, followed by a concluding lecture drawing the Year of Faith as a whole to a close.   


Our series begins on 16th October with an evening led by Fr Robin Gibbons on Working with Christ


Traditions of Prayer from East and West.  Dr Gibbons specialises in Liturgy and Eastern Christianity at Oxford, is a Greek-Catholic Melkite Chaplain, and involved closely in ecumenism.  He will address the complementary traditions of prayer in east and west, with special reference to monasticism.  




On 23rd October we turn to the concrete practical issue of prayer in everyday life.  Leona Roche is a young lay Catholic, working as a part-time solicitor, married for five years with a one year old daughter and with a second baby on the way.

She was also involved for eight years with the Catholic charismatic prayer group for young adults called Soul Food.  Her talk, Prayer is not's essential!, addresses the very real challenge of how prayer takes an integral place in busy modern lives. 




On 6th November we focus on a very contemporary issue, as Fr Dermot Preston, SJ, the Provincial of the British Jesuits, addresses Faith Matters in a talk entitled Through a Google Glass Darkly – Finding God in the Digital Age. 

Fr Preston explores ways prayer has been shaped by the rise of the internet.  Through the lens of the spirituality of St Ignatius, he attempts to point out helps and hindrances that might be encountered by the modern pilgrim in a digital era. 

Finally, on 19th November, we conclude the Year of Faith with a special lecture by Archbishop Augustine di Noia, OP, Vice-President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, on Contemporary Challenges to Proclaiming the Catholic Faith.  Archbishop di Noia will speak of challenges in explaining Catholic teaching in a more secular environment, focusing on religious pluralism and expressive individualism as a moral ideal. “In order to confront these challenges”, said Archbishop di Noia speaking to Westminster clergy in June,  “we need a confident evangelising and a robust, but not overbearing apologetics.”

A video recording of Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia's talk  on ‘Contemporary Challenges to Proclaiming the Catholic Faith’ will be uploaded very soon


Feel free to download the handout of the talk 




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