When: 1st to 8th August 2015

Thinking Faith







 The week will be open to Catholics in their 20s to 40s.


Our aim is to share with our guests for the Thinking Faith week a rich experience of community life, based on shared prayer, hospitality and friendship, and the chance to think seriously about our faith in the company of like-minded people.

We will also be joined by members of the community at Boarbank, whose warm hospitality makes
Thinking Faith possible.

What will happen?

The programme includes talks and discussions on themes including:

  • Scripture as Literature
  • The Hero in the Catholic Novel
  • Faith in Images
  • Music in the Catholic tradition
  • Being a Catholic Architect
  • The Theology of Film

You will also be able to:

  • Make like-minded friends
  • Explore your faith
  • Enjoy the beauty of Cumbria
  • Pray and reflect
  • Share our community life
  • Walk in the Lake District
  • Enjoy social evenings
  • Prayer and liturgy

Who are we?

The speakers and organisers include:

Julian Coman, who is Assistant Editor of The Observer, and was previously Paris and Washington correspondent for The Daily Telegraph.

Jonathon Pritchard is an architect with a Liverpool firm begun by his grandfather in 1919, which has specialised in church architecture. He has worked closely for many years with the Boarbank Sisters.

Martina Rensen, who teaches Modern Languages in Germany and serves on her Parish Pastoral Council.

Sr Margaret Atkins and
Fr Richard Taylor, who are resident at Boarbank Hall.

Fr Martin Ganeri OP, a Dominican priest and Vice-Regent of Studies at the Blackfriars Hall in Oxford, will speak and also act as our chaplain for the week.

Prayer and liturgy

Daily Mass, Morning, Evening and Night Prayer from the Prayer of the Church

Opportunities for quiet reflection

Prices, per person including full board and lodging:

£320 for single room with shared facilities; £360 for single room en-suite; £290 each sharing twin/double en-suite.

There is a reduced price available for those of limited means. Please contact us for details.

To secure a place, you will need to send a deposit of £50 (cheques payable to 'Boarbank Hall'). The balance will be payable on arrival.

You can also download and print out a small leaflet about the course and Boarbank, if you wish to publicise this course in your local area.


For a provisional booking or more information, please contact Sr Margaret