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What were the highlights of this year’s Thinking Faith?


Our theme for this year was Change and Conversion.

Sr Margaret A. reflected on personal and communal change as central to Christianity, and on the question of change and speed. Fr Dixie explained two major moments of change in the history of the Church, the Reformation and the Second Vatican Council. Following on from the film Amazing Grace, Joyce Simpson spoke very movingly about the protracted and complex conversion of John Newton, a slave trader and author of the famous hymn.

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 Thinking Faith Group Fr Richard Finn OP 

Fr Richard Finn OP explored the way in which we can be converted by looking attentively at art, using the works of some superb but little known Dominican artists of the Renaissance. Michael Cieslak took on the themes of change in the modern world, providing an informative overview of alternatives in energy provision and pondering the world of robots. Jane Pendlenton presented a theological reading of ecological change, presenting concern for the environment as a Christian imperative.


As usual we shared Morning Prayer and Mass together and joined the Community for Evening and Night Prayer. Boarbank also offers plenty of space for quiet personal prayer, in our chapel, gardens or oratory. A big thank you to Fr Richard for his excellent sermons!


On Sunday afternoon we discovered Broughton-in-Furness, a quiet Cumbrian town far away from the busy spots, with a lovely wheelchair-accessible route through the woods.The weather curtailed the day out later in the week, but a bright afternoon made possible a decent walk around and over Whitbarrow Scar, which provided some superb views, without spending time in traffic.

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Another group enjoyed a visit to Sizergh Castle. On another evening we we entertained by a humorous take on change, with the classic comedy Passport to Pimlico. We also went out for a superb lunch together in a local hotel, picked fruit together in the garden, started a monster jigsaw, had plenty of free time for conversation and finished with a buffet and social evening at which we were joined by other guests and Sisters.

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The greatest pleasure of the weeks is always the friendships that develop, based on shared faith and values, fostered by shared meals and conversation, rooted in shared prayer, and open to our hosts, the Augustinian Sisters, and the guests with whom we also share the Guest House.

Comments from participants included:

"Very good mix of elements - Very good timetable - Very good food!"

"Very much enjoyed the course - useful to have a variety of different topics, including some basic background introductory information. Nice to have free time to socialize - including things to do together."

"Wonderful course with wonderful people! Truly welcoming and inspiring."

"It was a great experience and I believe the organisation and the variety of topics (as always) have been perfect."

"Wonderful opportunity for meeting new people and spending great time with them. Wonderful experience!"

"Great company, fantastic food, thought provoking talks and time to pray with others- I enjoyed every aspect of Thinking Faith!"

"Very enjoyable + insightful week. Interesting + thought - provoking talks Nice walks + outings to sample beautiful scenery + countryside"

A big thank you to Helen for the photos.

Thinking Faith is open to Catholics in their 20s to 40s. If you might be interested in joining us in July next year, please contact SR MARGARET for more information.