Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A seminarian in Rome

Our former resident, David Wingfield, is currently studying for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome. I was delighted recently to receive some pictures from David, taken during our Cardinal Archbishop's recent visit to Rome. They deserve a wider coverage!
The Cardinal presenting David to His Holiness

With His Holiness: David; fellow Westminster seminarian Stefan Kaminski; H.E. the Cardinal; Rector of the English College Mgr Nick Hudson; the Cardinal's secretary Mgr Martin Hayes

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Soul Food - Sons and Daughters of the Living God

A report of the recent Sons and Daughters of the Living God Course at Soul Food, by Magdalena Chrzanowska, a resident at Newman House

Recently I have been attending a series of seminars entitled: Sons and Daughters of the Living God run by the Catholic charismatic group ‘Soul Food’ which meets every Thursday evening at St Charles Borromeo Church in Ogle Street (8 minutes walking distance from Newman House).

The aim of the seminars is to strengthen all participants in faith and remind us that we are not Fatherless. It is an open invitation to come closer to God in a personal relationship with Him.

God loves each one of us with everlasting love and He will do a great deal in our life but He will never violate our freedom. To know his love is to be truly free.

Indeed we are not alone in the daily straggle to lead our lives as Christians. Through the Holy Spirit we become the Sons and Daughters of the Living God:

Romans 8: 14-17
‘’ because those who are led by the Holy Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive that makes you a slave again to fear, but you receive the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry: “Abba Father’’. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.’’

How has it been for me to take part in these seminars?

It has been like ‘diving into an ocean of love’, countless experience of joy, laughter, peace and an assurance of God’s presence in my life and the lives of others. The fellowship and friendship of other Christians has given me new courage, strength, and built me up.

We are indeed equipped for our journey: simply ask and you will be given.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A Visit to the Central Synagogue

On Wednesday 12th November, a group set out from Newman House, led by Sr Mary, to visit the Central Synagogue, an Orthodox Jewish place of worship on Great Portland Street. Our guide showed us around the main part of the synagogue: we were able to see where the Torah scrolls are kept, and were shown how the scrolls are read, and where men and women sit during services. We also discussed with our guide what happens during services on the Sabbath, and on other days; in addition, during the tour, he was ready to answer all our questions and to explain various parts of the synagogue and the life of its community, as well as differences and similarities between Judaism and Christianity. All in all, our visit to the synagogue was a valuable opportunity to find out more about the practices and beliefs of another faith, and to see its links to our own.

Thomas J Szydlowski

The Academic Mass

The Academic Mass at Westminster Cathedral
Report by Maeve McCormack, Catholic Parliamentary Intern
Catholic students, staff and chaplains from the London Universities gathered on Sunday 23rd November 2008 for the Annual Academic Mass at Westminster Cathedral, celebrated by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor. The readings and intercessions were read by staff and students from the different London Universities and from the different Catholic student residences in the city. The Choir of King’s College, London, sang the Mass Simile est regnum by Tomas Luis Victoria.
At the end of the Mass, Sarah Sandford and Chris Stringer, senior students from Newman House, the central Catholic Chaplaincy in London, presented the Cardinal with a portrait of the Chaplaincy’s patron, the Venerable John Henry Newman. Fr Peter Wilson, Senior Chaplain to the Universities of London, thanked the Cardinal for his continued support of the University Chaplaincy.

During his Homily, the Cardinal welcomed all of those present, making reference to St Matthew’s Gospel where it says, “I was a stranger and you made me welcome”, addressing the diverse and rapidly changing student population by saying, “There may be a number of you here today who come amongst us as strangers but we welcome you and treat you as friends.” He went on to remind all of those in the congregation, “To fulfill your life in the particular vocation you have it is also important to understand the underlying vocation of your life – to love God with all your heart.”

Monday, November 24, 2008

Birthday Wishes: 24th November

Happy Birthday to Mr Chris Castell - Newman House Pastoral Associate - who turns... 30 TODAY!

Chris through the ages....

Saturday, November 22, 2008

An Invitation

Here I Am Lord
A Group Exploring Consecrated Life

First Meeting: Thursday 27th November @ 7:30pm
Newman House, Gower Street

Input - Discussion - Prayer

The group is for young adults - men and women - who wish to be supported in exploring a call to religious life or priesthood. Meetings will be monthly. For more information or to receive emails about dates of meetings, contact Jo Gilbert: or call 07595761483

Monday, November 17, 2008

A thought for November - the Month of the Holy Souls

All things change here below. I say it, O Lord; I believe it; and I shall feel it more and more the longer I live. Before Thy eyes, most awful Lord, the whole future of my life lies bare. Thou knowest exactly what will befall me every year and every day till my last hour. And, though I know not what Thou seest concerning me, so much I know, viz. that Thou dost read in my life perpetual change. Not a year will leave me as it found me, either within or without. I never shall remain any time in one state. How many things are sure to happen to me, unexpected, sudden, hard to bear! I know them not. I know not how long I have to live. I am hurried on, whether I will it or no, through continual change. O my God, what can I trust in? There is nothing I dare trust in; nay, did I trust in anything of earth, I believe for that very reason it would be taken away from me. I know Thou wouldest take it away, if Thou hadst love for me.

Lord, in asking for fervour, I am asking for Thyself, for nothing short of Thee, O my God, who hast given Thyself wholly to us. Enter my heart substantially and personally, and fill it with fervour by filling it with Thee. Thou alone canst fill the soul of man, and Thou hast promised to do so. Thou art the living Flame, and ever burnest with love of man: enter into me and set me on fire after Thy pattern and likeness.

My God, I take Thee for my portion. From mere prudence I turn from the world to Thee; I give up the world for Thee. I renounce that which promises for Him who performs. To whom else should I go? I desire to find and feed on Thee here; I desire to feed on Thee, Jesu, my Lord, who art risen, who hast gone up on high, who yet remainest with Thy people on earth. I look up to Thee; I look for the Living Bread which is in heaven, which comes down from heaven. Give me ever of this Bread. Destroy this life, which will soon perish—even though Thou dost not destroy it, and fill me with that supernatural life, which will never die.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

An Invitation: Called By Name Groups

Sign-up to join a small group to explore vocation, identity and calling.

Called By Name Groups offer the opportunity to journey with others over 4 sessions, with input, discussion, prayer and fellowship.

You can join one of the following groups for their first meeting:

Group 1: Thursday 13th Nov @ 7:30pm in the Interview Room at Newman House


Group 2: Sunday 16th Nov @ 5pm in the Sitting Room at Newman House

The groups will support you in discerning your unique calling, allowing a space to ask questions and to reflect on themes such as 'The Call to Love', 'Knowing God's Will', 'Discovering Our Mission'.

For more information, or to join a group, contact Jo Gilbert:

Monday, November 10, 2008

Academic Mass

His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, will preside and preach at the Academic Mass in Westminster Cathedral on Sunday 23rd November at 12noon. Students, Staff and Chaplains are all warmly invited to come and take part in this celebration of Christian witness to the Academic Community in London.

For enquiries please contact Chris Castell
All welcome. If you would like to let us know you are coming, you can email, or join the Facebook event here:

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Diocese of Westminster Vocations event

"Come and See"

An evening for men considering a Vocation to the Roman Catholic Priesthood on Tuesday 18th November, 7.30pm - 9.00pm, at Our lady of Grace and St Edward Church, 247 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4PU (nearest underground - Turnham Green/District Line). For more details of this and other events please contact the Diocesan Vocations Director, Fr Chris Vipers, 020 7798 9083.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Old Testament with New Eyes

Chris Stringer, a senior student at Newman House, offers an update on the Bible Study group that has been meeting this term.
On Thursday evenings at Newman House, we have been running a Bible study group. It’s theme is ‘The Old Testament with New Eyes’ and as the title suggests, the study attempts to deepen our understanding of the relationship between the Old and New Testaments. We have just finished working through Genesis and have discovered the symbolic ways in which God foreshadows his mercy and message of Salvation to us. We are discovering the ‘living word’ and how the Bible is so much more than mere words on a page. As a result the study has become an exciting and lively evening demonstrated by a 10-15 strong group who are really encouraged and enthusiastic to learn more. This has been made crystal clear through their intelligent and thoughtful contributions that are brought up every week in group discussion. I really enjoy leading the study in a relaxed environment with our Bibles (and tea and biscuits) in hand!

‘The Old Testament with New Eyes’ Bible Study Group meets Thursdays @ 8pm in the Sitting Room at Newman House. All are welcome!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

A thought for the week from Cardinal Newman

Sunday, 9 November is the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica. This is the Cathedral of the Pope as Bishop of Rome. In celebrating this Feast we are celebrating our unity with the Apostolic See of Rome. This week’s reflection from Cardinal Newman comes from a Sermon he preached in the Birmingham Oratory in 1866.

We in this country owe our highest blessings to the See of St. Peter,—to the succession of Bishops who have filled his Apostolic chair. For first it was a Pope who sent missionaries to this island in the first age of the Church, when the island was yet in pagan darkness. Then again, when our barbarous ancestors, the Saxons, crossed over from the Continent and overran the country, who but a Pope, St. Gregory the First, sent over St. Augustine and his companions to convert them to Christianity? And by God's grace they and their successors did this great work in the course of a hundred years. From that time, twelve hundred years ago, our nation has ever been Christian. And then in the lawless times which followed, and the break-up of the old world all over Europe, and the formation of the new, it was the Popes, humanly speaking, who saved the religion of Christ from being utterly lost and coming to an end, and not in England only, but on the Continent; that is, our Lord made use of that succession of His Vicars, to fulfil His gracious promise, that His Religion should never fail. The Pope and the Bishops of the Church, acting together in that miserable time, rescued from destruction all that makes up our present happiness, spiritual and temporal. Without them the world would have relapsed into barbarism—but God willed otherwise; and especially the Roman Pontiffs, the successors of St. Peter, the centre of Catholic Unity, the Vicars of Christ, wrought manfully in the cause of faith and charity, fulfilling in their own persons the divine prophecy anew, which primarily had related to the Almighty Redeemer Himself: "I have laid help upon One that is mighty, and I have exalted One chosen out of the people. I have found David My servant, with My holy oil have I anointed him. "

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A thought for All Saints' Day from Cardinal Newman

Some centuries ago there were too many Saints' days; and they became an excuse for idleness. Nay, worse still, by a great and almost incredible perverseness, instead of glorifying God in His Saints, Christians came to pay them an honour approaching to Divine worship. The consequence was, that it became necessary to take away their Festivals, and to commemorate them all at once in a summary way. Now men go into the contrary extreme. These Holydays, few though they be, are not duly observed. Such is the way of mankind, ever contriving to slip by their duty, and fall into one or other extreme of error. Idle or busy, they are in both cases wrong: idle, and so neglecting their duties towards man; busy, and so neglecting their duties towards God. We have little to do, however, with the faults of others;—let us then, passing by the error of idling time under pretence of observing many Holydays, rather speak of the fault of our own day, viz. of neglecting to observe them, and that, under pretence of being too busy.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Called to Life
Summary of the Bar Lunch Talk, 26th October 2008, given by Jo Gilbert

“If you are who you are made to be you will set the world on fire”
St Catherine of Sienna

The theme of calling is at the very heart of the Christian life. But even more fundamentally, calling is central to what it is to be a human being: as St Catherine of Sienna puts it, calling is about becoming “who you are made to be”. In the coming week, the ‘Called By Name’ Workshops will explore this theme in greater depth, asking the questions:
- Who am I made to be?
- Where am I going?
- What is the purpose and meaning of my life?

We often have many misconceptions about the idea of calling or ‘vocation’: that it is just for the few, only about the priesthood and religious life, or merely about something we do: a job, function or role.

Perhaps the most important discovery we can make about vocation is that we are all called, without exception, and given a unique name and identity by God.

So what do we mean by ‘vocation’? It can be helpful to understand vocation in three dimensions:
1) The Personal Vocation. This is about ‘who I am’: coming to a deep knowledge of ourselves, and discovering that we are uniquely called by name. Principally this is about ‘being’, rather than ‘doing’.
2) The task/mission/work/career: i.e. the ‘doing’ bit.
3) The state of life: the concrete commitment and context in which we respond to God. This might be marriage, consecrated life (religious life or priesthood), or single life.

The Bishops of Europe outlined the Theology of Vocation in a document called ‘New Vocations for a New Europe’ (In Verbo Tuo). They said:
“Just as holiness is for all the baptised in Christ, so there exists a specific vocation for every living person; and just as the first is rooted in Baptism, so is the second connected to the simple fact of existing. The vocation is the providential thought of the Creator for each creature, it is his idea-plan, like a dream found in God's heart, because the creature is found in his heart. God the Father wants this to be different and specific for each living person.
“Vocation is the divine invitation to self-realisation according to [the image of the Creator who has called us into life; each vocation] is unique-singular-unrepeatable precisely because this image is inexhaustible. Every creature expresses and is called to express a particular aspect of the thought of God. There he finds his name and his identity; he affirms and ensures his freedom and originality.”

The Called By Name Workshop will offer a space to reflect more deeply on this theme and to set out on a journey of hearing and embracing our unique calling.

Finally, John Paul II frequently asked the questions ‘what is your idea of man?’ and ‘what makes up the dignity and greatness of a human being?’ He urged us:
“Do not be afraid! Do not be afraid of your own youth, and of those deep desires you have for happiness, for truth, for beauty and for lasting love! The future lies in your hands. You must be people with a deep trust in man and a deep trust in the grandeur of the human vocation. Ask yourselves what kind of people you want yourselves and your fellow human beings to be”.

Called By Name Workshop:

Thursday 30th October @ 7:30pm in the Seminar Room @ Newman House
Sunday 2nd November @ 5pm in the Sitting Room @ Newman House
Thursday 6th November @ 6pm @ LSE

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.

Dr Thomas Pink, Reader in Philosophy at KCL, has written a useful article outlining some very important issues raised by the HFE Bill.

This is a matter of very grave concern which, sadly, seems to be making an unstoppable progress through Parliament.

Do take time to read Dr Pink's article here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A thought for the week from Cardinal Newman

Mary is the "Sedes Sapientiæ," the Seat of Wisdom

Mary has this title in her Litany, because the Son of God, who is also called in Scripture the Word and Wisdom of God, once dwelt in her, and then, after His birth of her, was carried in her arms and seated in her lap in His first years. Thus, being, as it were, the human throne of Him who reigns in heaven, she is called the Seat of Wisdom. In the poet's words:—
His throne, thy bosom blest,
O Mother undefiled,
That Throne, if aught beneath the skies,
Beseems the sinless Child.
But the possession of her Son lasted beyond His infancy—He was under her rule, as St. Luke tells us, and lived with her in her house, till He went forth to preach—that is, for at least a whole thirty years. For if such close and continued intimacy with her Son created in her a sanctity inconceivably great, must not also the knowledge which she gained during those many years from His conversation of present, past, and future, have been so large, and so profound, and so diversified, and so thorough, that, though she was a poor woman without human advantages, she must in her knowledge of creation, of the universe, and of history, have excelled the greatest of philosophers, and in her theological knowledge the greatest of theologians, and in her prophetic discernment the most favoured of prophets?

An invitation

Who are you?
Where are you going?
What is the meaning and purpose of your life?

A workshop to explore identity and calling. Come along to one of the following sessions:

Monday 27th October @7.30pm
Thursday 30th October @ 7.30pm
Sunday 2nd November @ 5pm
at Newman House, 111 Gower Street.

Thursday 6th November @ 6pm @ LSE
For more information or other dates, contact Jo Gilbert:

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Events for the week of 19-26 October 08

All events are at Newman House, unless otherwise stated
Sunday, 19 October
  • 10.30 am - Holy Mass followed by Coffe and Lunch
  • 7.30 pm - Holy Mass
  • 8.30 pm - Newman House Cultural Circle presents:

Florence - A City in Pictures


Monday, 20 October

  • 7.30 pm - UCL CathSoc:

Mr Al-Hakim: "Islam and Christianity, two faiths from One Divine Source"


Tuesday, 21 October

  • 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm - Eucharistic Adoration followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament


Wednesday, 22 October

  • 3.30 pm - Tea with Chaplains
  • 7.30 pm - OASIS:

Fr Joe Evans: "Introduction to Revelation - Scripture & Tradition"


Thursday, 23 October

  • 5.30 pm at SOAS (Venue TBC):

"AIDS in Africa" - led by Progressio

  • 8.00 pm (sitting room):

"The Old Testament through New Eyes" - Studying the Bible


Sunday, 26 October

  • 10.30 am - Holy Mass followed by Coffee and Lunch
  • 7.30 pm - Holy Mass

A thought for the week from Cardinal Newman

Everyone who breathes, high and low, educated and ignorant, young and old, man and woman, has a mission, has a work. We are not sent into this world for nothing; we are not born at random; we are not here, that we may go to bed at night, and get up in the morning, toil for our bread, eat and drink, laugh and joke, sin when we have a mind, and reform when we are tired of sinning, rear a family and die. God sees every one of us; He creates every soul, . . . for a purpose. He needs, He deigns to need, every one of us. He has an end for each of us; we are all equal in His sight, and we are placed in our different ranks and stations, not to get what we can out of them for ourselves, but to labor in them for Him. As Christ has His work, we too have ours; as He rejoiced to do His work, we must rejoice in ours also.

Sermon: "God's Will the End of Life," from Discourses Addressed to Mixed Congregations, 1849, in Daniel M. O'Connell, Favorite Newman Sermons, NY: The America Press, 2nd ed., 1940, pp. 177-178

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Catholic Parliamentary Interns 2008-9

Amanda Brennan
I was immediately drawn to the Catholic Parliamentary Internship scheme with its unique combination of work, study and community life. I’m anticipating all sorts of new challenges and opportunities, and the distinctively spiritual context of the scheme makes it particularly appealing. Rather than a parliamentary placement, I’ll be spending ten months with the Catholic Education Service, an exciting prospect given the highly topical nature of their work and my own longstanding interest in education. I’m also looking forward to studying Christian Ethics at Heythrop College and living at Newman House which, from what I’ve seen, seems a vibrant, friendly place. Altogether it’s a wonderful programme and I’m really looking forward to getting started.

Alison Potter
I am really looking forward to starting the Catholic Parliamentary Internship in September. I am really excited at the prospect of working with an MP and also the chance to study at Heythrop College. It will be wonderful to live with the other interns in such a vibrant Catholic Community as Newman House. I shall be interning with the Liberal Democrat MP for Brent East, Sarah Teather; and I am sure I shall learn a great deal working in her constituency office as well as in Parliament. I am very grateful to be given this opportunity and can’t wait to begin!

Maeve McCormack
I’m going to be working in the Archbishop’s Public Affairs Office in Archbishop’s House. I’m really looking forward to getting out and about and seeing what’s happening in Westminster Diocese as well as helping to publicise everything that’s going on. It’s great to be a part of this scheme and to get the opportunity to see how this vibrant and important department operates. Living in Newman House is a very exciting prospect – I’ve been living in Nottingham University’s Newman House for the last year so I’m keen to get stuck into chaplaincy life and all that it involves. It should be a year full of interesting challenges and new experiences and I can’t wait to get started!

Luke de Pulford
I had been researching various internships when I heard about the CPI scheme and could hardly believe it – the opportunity to combine political work with spiritual development in such a stimulating programme is a rare one – I jumped at the chance. From late September, I will be shadowing Nigel Waterson, Conservative MP for Eastbourne, under whom I stand to learn a lot about the ins and outs of Westminster. I can't wait to get my teeth in to the challenge of juggling a hectic job, evening study at Heythrop, and an active social and spiritual life at Newman House. I feel truly privileged to be an 2008-09 intern – roll on September!

Laura O’Hagan
My name is Laura O’Hagan and I’m really looking forward to working with John McFall MP (Lab) when I start on the parliamentary internship programme in September. John McFall is often a spokesperson for financial issues and I haven’t done a lot of economics before so it will be good to get my teeth in to something new especially as the economy is such a relevant political issue just now. It will be great to work in Westminster and be at the centre of everything. I’m looking forward to the study side too. I’ve been working for the last year, but I’m a bit of a book worm at heart so it will be nice to be a student again.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The "Mummies" Unite!

Just as it seemed as though the year were winding down, the End of Year Party now only a feint memory, and several weekends of farewells and departures, there arose that almost unheard-of mystery: a new idea – in June!

Why not gather together the elder contingent (note the present author’s discretion – he did not write ‘old’) of ladies, and hold something just for them? The threshold was set at the quarter century, and only those who had lived for long enough were entitled to attend the elite synaxis.

And so it was that on Friday last the sitting room was turned into an all-female parlour for a culinary extravaganza.

The teasing of the men had begun during the afternoon, with one of the ladies dancing past some of them, a little glint in her eye, singing ‘If I only had a womb.’ Oh yes, madam, enjoy it while it lasts.

Meanwhile, the remnant of younger woman sat downstairs wondering what all the excitement was up above.

(Aerobics for the Elderly)

The feast began with Colon’s Nachos, Fernandes’ Pineapple in Grated Chocolate, Piquer Sebastia's Chicken, Sandford’s Fish Stew, and Iannino’s Tiramisu. Much laughter and excitement was encouraged by the strength of Prele’s Punch (and boy, did it punch!), and a wonderful time had by all.

(Don’t they look happy? They’ve hidden their walking frames behind the sofa).

There were rumours of games being played, including the dreaded Twister. Someone had very helpfully provided a guide to hip replacements, just in case.

All was well until it was noticed that some complete cad had placed notices at the entrance to the room.

What kind of scamp, what terrible bounder, could do such a thing? The multitude of Marples set to work and, in no time at all, apprehended the culprit, bang-to-rights, and had him surrounded.

Clearly, the heat is beginning to get to some people…

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Jubilee Pilgrimage to Lourdes

An eclectic mix of students from three universities, their mothers, and friends met at Stansted airport in the early hours of the morning for the flight to Pau (Pyrenees) and onward to Lourdes. Sisters Cecily and Mary were among them as their chaplains.

The three and a half days at Lourdes were deeply grace-filled as the students plunged enthusiastically into the many and varied prayer experiences that is so unique to Lourdes – the International Mass, the Blessing of the sick, the Candle – light rosary procession, the Jubilee Way, Confession, the Baths and the Way of the Cross, the late night masses and adoration at the grotto, not forgetting responding to the many requests to light candles there. The atmosphere at Lourdes somehow just lends itself to faith and liturgy – so charged is the sanctuary with peace, prayer and gentle kindliness. The sick on stretchers and wheelchairs and the disabled who were cared for with such tenderness is such a touching sight – the hallmark of Lourdes. Niddi and Sr Mary made a short visit to the hospital and were awed by the generosity of 50 young people from the Cloyne Diocese who accompanied them.

But it was not all prayer and no fun – the last afternoon was an excursion through the Pyrenees to the picturesque snow-capped mountain of Gavarnie. The more energetic students trekked up the slopes to the snow-filled cirque, where they took a tumble, had a snow fight and brought down a huge ball of frozen snow to prove their achievement.

The entire pilgrimage was truly graced by Mary our Blessed Mother who gifted us with so much joy and a deep sense of connecting with her Son.

What students say about their experience at Lourdes:
"In Lourdes you can get the best treatment ever for all kinds of struggles. I felt that I am much closer to God there and I came back as a completely different person full of confidence and optimism which has been given by the grace of Our Lady."
Riyad Nicolas – Royal Academy of Music

“Our Blessed mother is everywhere as she is in Lourdes but there in Lourdes together with the thousands of pilgrims, one can feel her presence in a tangible way. Through the various celebration of the liturgy, one’s soul is raised to a level beyond the ordinary. Truly it was an experience that will go with me for the rest of my life.”
Sebastian Koladiyil – University of Westminster

“I had a truly wonderful time in Lourdes and was humbled by the large crowds paying homage to God and honouring our Lady of Lourdes. I've been touched in the very essence of my spirit by the Care, Love and Sharing that emanates from Lourdes. I hope and pray that the inspiration of what I have experienced will guide me through this passage of my life here on earth. Thank you and the community borne out of our meeting together for being a part of this wonderful experience.”
Suzanne Salami – University of Westminster

Generally speaking, the pilgrimage experience was a prayer and fun-filled experience which I will never hesitate to make again should it come up next year. I use this opportunity to urge university Catholic students residing in London, their friends and non-Catholics to take up this opportunity to experience the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the love of God her son and His power at Lourdes. On a personal note, the experience of Lourdes left me with this calmness of the spirit that after wandering about for so many years now, I have come home to my maker who will forgive all my sins and shoulder my problems. I AM FINALLY AT PEACE WITH GOD!
Ndidi Ogunna – Brunel University

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The Last Party.

Last Friday Newman House held its End of Year Party. We were treated to a delightful meal prepared and served by some of the residents. A starter of pâté, french bread and caviar was followed by a tender piece of rump steak with bearnaise sauce, pommes frites and green beans then to finish a sweet strawberry pavlova. Well done chefs! The bar was also open and was did good business. Gideon was our resident DJ and played great tracks throughout the night - there was much dancing and a lot of fun moves on the floor. Check out the Newman House facebook group to view more photos. Thank you to all the Senior students and other helpers who made the event possible.