Since the beginning of the Year of St Paul, his icon has been hanging close to the Altar at Newman House. Various events have been held to help students deepen their awareness and appreciation of the great Apostle to the Gentiles.
Last year the UCL Cathsoc had as an invited guest Sister from South London. In a very lively session, punctuated with the singing of verses from the chorus "If God is for us, who can be against" she explored the theology of St Paul for today.
Last week our chaplain at Imperial College and at More House, Fr Geoff Wheaton SJ, led the OASIS session, looking at St Paul in art. Fr Geoff's phenomenal knowledge of his subject, and his passion for it, was evident. A most enlightening evening.
On the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, Sunday 25th January, the whole community joined in celebrating this great event in the life of the Church at the Sunday Mass. Then about 30 gathered in the Chapel at 1.30pm for a Celebration of the Word, with opportunities for confession. The group then walked down to Westminster Cathedral, (all of them? Not quite - Fr Peter and Fr Brian were seen to wave to the group as their car passed them on the way to the Cathedral!!) to visit the Chapel of St Paul in order to obtain the Plenary Indulgence specially attached to this pilgrimage. A prayer to St Paul was said in the chapel, as well as a prayer for the Pope's intentions. The day ended with attendance at Vespers in the Cathedral - and coffee at Cafe Nero afterwards for some! But by then most had realised that their whole day had been spent in holy activities, so they really ought to do some study and they shot home!
St Paul the Apostle - Pray for us!!!