Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Big Silence

Worth watching this week on BBC2 (Friday night at 7pm) is the Programme The Big Silence. The BBC blurb says this of it:
Abbot Christopher Jamison, a Benedictine monk, believes that he can teach five ordinary people the value of silent meditation, so they can make it part of their everyday lives

You can watch a preview here.

The programme features Fr Christopher Jamison, formerly Abbot of Worth, now Director of the National Office for Vocations, and an old friend of Newman House. Fr Christopher will be preaching at this year's Academic Mass, on Sunday 21 November, about which more at a later date. Fr Christopher is pictured below with Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP (photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk). The photo was taken at a national conference on the Church and young people earlier this year, just before the football match between Newman House and the Dominican students. Heheh maybe the magazine Fr Radcliffe is reading is all about his wishes for a Domincan victory against Newman House and the small print says "vain"! (It was a memorably fun day and Newman House beat the Dominicans. A fun pizza night back at Newman House followed).

We have had a good relationship with Worth Abbey over a number of years, and usually have our own retreat down there during the course of the academic year. The programme should be a good foretaste of what can be expected.

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