This year's weekend took as its topic two mainly twentieth century thinkers and teachers who in their different ways struggled to reconcile faith with modern thought. Both had problems with the Magisterium and with fellow believers, and both stayed loyal to the Church, and the work of both has proved very fruitful in the long run.

Fr Dixie Taylor of Boarbank spoke about Marie-Joseph Lagrange OP, the founder of the Ecole Biblique, the Dominican house of studies in Jerusalem, who pioneered modern Catholic Biblical study through his writing on the Old and New Testament, and his philological and historical teaching, and not least through giving his students the benefits of archaeological and practical hands-on formation in the Holy Land.

Mr Alexander Murray of University College, Oxford, introduced us to Fr Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ. He was a leading pal├Žontologist who sought to integrate the findings of modern science with a visionary understanding of the whole Christ in the evolution of the physical, intellectual and spiritual worlds.

A final discussion session explored how scholars and teachers deal in their teaching with the complexity and breadth of modern knowledge, remaining faithful to science and faithful to the Church.

The group shared in Mass and Daily Office with the community, walked to Cartmel to see the medieval priory (and enjoy the teashop!), and watched together The Reluctant Saint, a humorous and touching film of the life of St Joseph of Cupertino. It was a good opportunity to renew old friendships and to remind ourselves of the real purpose of a vocation to teaching and scholarship.