Living Theology York 2020

Bar Convent York
Bar Convent York

“The Word of God – hearing and responding”

[Living Theology York, 2020, with The Newman Association]

All will be welcome at a Study Weekend at The Bar Convent in York, 11th & 12th July, 2020. 

There will be informative talks, lively discussion, prayer and companionship – a really worthwhile combination!  Some residential accommodation is available.  We look forward to seeing you!

The Bishops of England and Wales have designated this as the year of The God Who Speaks.  We shall explore some of the ways to understand this, and think ‘how do we respond?’  God spoke to his people through those who wrote the books of the Bible; we shall consider how to read scripture, and focus on Creation in both Old and New Testaments.  God’s Spirit spoke to early Christians as they followed Christ’s teaching in his absence; we shall discuss authority in the early Church.  God continues to speak to us about today’s issues; - so we look at aspects of Catholic Social Teaching.

Our Course Leaders     

Our Course Leaders are: Fr Philip Harrison SJ, presently studying at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome; Dr George Herring, a Church historian – back by popular demand(!); and Rev Dr Martin Poulsom SDB, Senior Lecturer in Theology at Roehampton University. More about our course leaders here

Our Courses    

Each day, participants choose one course, of three sessions.  The Saturday courses are ‘Reading the Scriptures in the Church’ with Philip Harrison and ‘Authority in the Early Church: Heavenly Treasure, Earthen Vessels’ with George Herring.  On Sunday, Philip Harrison’s course focuses on ‘God speaks through Creation’, and Martin Poulsom considers ‘Catholic Social Teaching – still the Church’s best kept secret?’. More about our courses here. You can download a book list here.

Our illustrated General Talks    

We have two illustrated General Talks.  On Saturday we are delighted that Fr Henry Wansbrough OSB will share his many enthusiasms by talking on ‘The Dead Sea Scrolls’.  On Sunday we will welcome Dr Ally Kateusz to talk on ‘The Role of Women in the Early Church’. More about our general talks here

Our Programme         

We hope you will come for the weekend, but if you cannot manage both days do come for just one!  Each day there are 3 course sessions, plus the General Talk, with ample opportunities for questions and discussion.  The programme starts at 10.15am, with registration from 9.45am; we have Mass in the Chapel at 5pm.  (Buffet lunches are included, also coffees/teas throughout the day). To download our timetable click here

Our Venue

Again we shall be enjoying the hospitality of The Bar Convent (17 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ); where all the facilities are quite recently refurbished.  The Bar Convent is not only an oasis of tranquillity with a beautiful chapel and peaceful gardens, - but is also close to York railway station. There is ample car-parking available on-site, and York has an excellent ‘Park and Ride’ scheme.

The Cost

The suggested donation for the Weekend, including lunches and refreshments, is £70 per person (£35 for students).  If you can come for only one day, the donation is £40 per person (students £20): please specify this on the Booking Form.  We don’t want anyone to be excluded for financial reasons, so please make contact if you find difficulty with the suggested amounts.

Booking for the Conference/Study Weekend     

Please complete the form and send it with details of your payment and your choices of courses to Patricia Egerton  at  1, Dunedin Avenue, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 5JD; e-mail: To download the booking form click here


For making your donation:

either send a cheque (payable to ‘Living Theology York’) to Patricia with your Booking Form;

or make a BACS payment (including your name as the reference) to ‘Living Theology York’,

with Sort Code 40-43-11 and Account Number 72012642, noting this on your Booking Form.

Confirmation and queries

Your booking will be confirmed by e-mail. 

Please contact Patricia (e-mail as above; phone 01642-645732) with any other queries.

**Accommodation must be booked separately**    

The Bar Convent Guest House has 20 bedrooms (b+b), rates vary.  These rooms are being ‘held’ for us until April 30th but please book early on 01904-643238, quoting ‘Living Theology’ or ‘The Newman’.  There are also 2 Premier Inns and also an Ibis Hotel quite near. More information about accomodation here


Please help us publicise this event!  Download the poster, then print it and distribute it for display in churches, schools, colleges, etc. Thank you! To download the event poster click here

About Us

The Newman Association is a lay-led, national, organisation whose creation was inspired by the work of J H Newman.  By arranging talks, discussions and conferences, its purpose is to promote open discussion and greater understanding in today’s Church.  See

Living Theology’ courses are sponsored by the Jesuits, and led by those who are experts in their fields: courses are informative but informal.

*The original impetus for ‘Living Theology’ was to help Catholics study the outcomes from Vatican II.

*Fifty years on - with summer schools, weekend programmes and study days in different parts of the country - ‘Living Theology’ still offers ways for people of all denominations to deepen their knowledge of Christian tradition, reflect upon important issues facing Christians today, learn more about spirituality.‘Living Theology’ operates under the auspices of the Society of Jesus, Registered Charity No. 230165.


Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 09:45 to Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 17:00
The Bar Convent
17 Blossom Street
YO24 1AQ
United Kingdom