Thinking Faith – Exploring our Catholic Beliefs

When: 27th July – 3rd August 2024

Theme: What Catholics Really believe

Time out for working Catholics.

The summer residential week will be open to Catholics in their 20s to 40s (ish)


What is Thinking Faith?

A week of prayer, study, conversation, walks and fun, exploring the basics of Catholic faith with the help of books by G.K. Chesterton and Fr Richard Conrad OP.

We are a group of professional Catholics who meet together on zoom and live retreats hosted by Sr Margaret Atkins, and Augustinian Sister at Boarbank Hall, Cumbria and Fr Richard Finn, a Dominican at Blackfriars, Oxford (and at times other Dominicans). 

Our Thinking Faith summer weeks began for Catholic students and young professionals nearly 20 years ago. They have grown and developed into something that provides for that ‘post-youth’ group who are trying to live out their Catholic faith in responsible positions at work and also perhaps in their families. At the same time, a regular core of participants has developed, who meet at Boarbank for the residential summer week and keep in touch with zoom retreats in between.

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

Speakers and organisers:

    • Sr Margaret Atkins taught for ten years at Trinity and All Saints College in Leeds before joining the Boarbank Community in 2005. She is interested in philosophy, ethics and environmental issues and is a translator and writer. Recently she spent some months on the staff of the English College in Rome.

    • Fr Richard Finn OP is a Dominican friar at Blackfriars, Oxford, where he teaches the history of early Christianity and runs the Las Casas Institute for Social Justice.
      He is the Thinking Faith chaplain.

Prayer & Liturgy

Daily Mass, Morning, Evening and Night Prayer from the Prayer of the Church. Opportunities for quiet reflection.

For further information please contact SR MARGARET