Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
The Digby Stuart Research Centre for Catholic Studies at Roehampton is co-sponsoring an essay writing competition with the Tablet.
Entrants are invited to write a 1,500 word essay, of a style and standard suitable for publication in the Tablet, on the topic, Catholic Social Teaching for the Twenty First Century. This means writing in the style of serious journalism for an informed readership, without footnotes or bibliographies.
First prize: £500 plus a one-year subscription to the Tablet.
Five runners-up will also receive a one-year subscription to the Tablet.
The winning essay will be considered for publication in the Tablet, and a selection of the best essays will be published on the Tablet website.
The competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate university students.
Essays must be in English and typed in double-line spacing (handwritten essays will not be considered.)
Each essay should be accompanied by a completed entry form – see link below.
Entrants may submit one essay per person.
Entries should be submitted by post or as e-mail attachments to the address below, to arrive not later than Monday 10 January, 2011.
Competition results will be published in the Tablet and on the Tablet website by the end of March 2011.
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Full details and application form (Word)
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Their website can be seen at www.franciscansinternational.org.
They are running a competition - closing date 15 November - with the top prize being a trip for 2 to the United Nations in either New York or Geneva.
It is a very worthwhile project and competition. Details at their website.
The lunch was magnificently prepared by a former resident and senior student, Dr Russell Hearn, and his good friend Ed Revell.
So what did they prepare?
Well, the inspiration was Pope Benedict's Coat of Arms:
Heh? What could that possibly mean? Well, here's what they did:
That one was easy: scallops! But of course this being Russell, it could not simply be scallops. It was scallops served on a risotto of lobster. And served in scallop shells of course!
The Moor's Head in the left hand corner of the Pope's coat of arms provided the inspiration. TThe Moorish theme suggested couscous and lamb. So that indeed is what appeared - although it was called seven-jewelled couscous by the chefs. I'm still not entirely sure why.
Well, there was only the bear left as a theme. What sort of pudding was named after bears? Well, none in the known world, so the chefs had to be inventive. What we had was a honey mousse (bears eat honey wink wink) with cookies with bear paws imprinted on them in chocolate.
It was a tremendous fun menu, with outstanding food and delightful company. We can invite the Pope himself next time!
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.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
In a dramatic U-turn the proposal in question: resolution 1763 now reinforces medics’ right to conscience based objections assist in abortions. Though without formal powers to implement resolutions the Council of Europe can yield powerful political clout. The final resolution states online that “No person, hospital or institution shall be coerced, held liable or discriminated against in any manner because of a refusal to perform, accommodate, assist or submit to an abortion, the performance of a human miscarriage, or euthanasia or any act which could cause the death of a human foetus or embryo, for any reason.”
Andrew Fergusson, former chairman of the Professional Conduct Committees at the U.K. General Medical Council, spoke at the assembly underlining the importance of ethical values to medical professionalism. "Practicing good medicine is a moral activity and not just a technical one," he said. "The foundational values of medicine are part of physicians' understanding of who they are and they have provided the basis for historical codes of medical ethics, such as the Hippocratic Oath, the Declaration of Geneva, and the U.K. General Medical Council’s Good Medical Practice."
The proposal is believed to reflect warming reports of a growing reluctance for to medics to act as abortion providers on both sides of the Atlantic.
Closer to home in London pro-life efforts are continuing with the 40 days For Life campaign. Running on to the 31st of October the campaign uses public prayer vigils to demonstrate against abortion providers. The approach used in over 238 cities is reported to be meeting some success in discouraging abortion. For others it’s providing badly needed food for thought. UCL Cathsoc members and others are contributing by volunteering for the 40 day effort outside the Central London Marie Stopes abortion facility. Volunteering is welcomed and possible by enrolling online at http://www.40daysforlife.com/london/.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Later in the evening I was hosting a little dinner for some priest friends, in honour of our feast day. So what should the menu look like? I quite like fun menus and thinking through what to serve.
I started off by wondering whether this particular book might be of help:
It's a really fun book, but was not in fact of any help at all. So the grey cells went into overdrive and eventually, after much googling and sounding out with others, this is what I came up with:
In honour of Newman's early university life and attendance at Trinity College Oxford, we had a Trinity cocktail to get things going. It's quite simple, and also very potent, so handle it with care:
1 part gin,
1 part dry Vermouth
1 part red Vermouth
I felt really clever in settling on this dish! We had a Hearts of Palm and Artichoke Salad. Heart speaks to heart - gettit? Here's the recipe.
Then things became a little more difficult. What on earth would have a connection with Newman? Well, what recipes had the name Oxford in them - I eventually found a blog called The Old Foodie and from it I decided upon Oxford John - which I have to admit I had never heard of before. Basically leg of lamb steaks.
This was easy - Peaches Cardinale. There used to be that extraordinary programme called Two Fat Ladies on BBC about a decade ago. In one episode they cooked for the priests of Westminster Cathedral, and memorably adjusted the menu in honour of our then Archbishop, Cardinal Hume. Here's their recipe. We didn't have exactly their version, but it was based on the same idea.
Oh, and we started off with the grace from Oriel College.
Now just wait and see what we will be giving Bishop Alan for lunch when he visits us next Sunday. The menu also has a theme :)
Friday, October 08, 2010
This year was, as usual, a great success with huge amounts of fun had by all - as the following photos bear witness (photographer was Eimear Monaghan).
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
We will celebrate the first Feast Day of Blessed John Henry with Mass in the Newman House Chapel at 6pm on Saturday 9th October 2010. The Bar will be open afterwards and all are warmly invited to join us in our celebration.