How does my faith affect my vote? @ Leeds Trinity University
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On Monday 22 May, Leeds Trinity University will host ‘How does my faith affect my vote’, in preparation for the General Election on 8 June 2017.

picture of ballot boxTaking part in the discussion will be John Battle, Dr Patricia Kelly and Tom Chigbo (Leeds Citizens) to discuss what questions we should be asking when deciding who to vote for, and how to full engage with the political process as a citizen of faith.

The purpose of the evening is not to promote any particular party, but to help equip people of faith in voting responsibly.

Refreshments will be available from 18:30 with the discussion (which is in the Mary Hallaway Lecture Theatre) going from 19:00 to 21:00.


Diocese of Leeds Peru Commission AGM @ Institute of Mercy Convent
May 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Chair of the Peru Commission, Fr. Jonathan Hart, writes:-

The Leeds Diocesan international outreach to Peru supports ongoing and great evangelical and supportive work to the church there. To have an update with regards to the work of the Commission I ask you to come to the AGM at the end of the month. Everyone is welcome. Bring a member of your family, member of the parish (perhaps a supporter of Justice and Peace) or a friend.

Discussion at the AGM will help decide how the Commission’s resources are allocated.

All the projects and people supported will be invited to send an up to date report, which can be presented at the meeting. This includes the following:

  • Sister Millie and her work in healthcare
  • Guido, parish priest of one of the first parishes supported by Leeds priests and religious
  • HANOPREM Graciela working with those with special educational and physical needs
  • SiDa Vida. Fr. Cathal Gallagher working in the field of HIV and AIDS prevention and support
  • University and College students
  • Links between Leeds Trinity University and University Catolica Sedes Sapientiae in Lima
The parish in the global reality @ Christ the King Church
Jun 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This year Fr Paul Redmond, Parish Priest of Christ the King Bramley, is celebrating 40 years of priesthood.

Fr. Paul spent many years of his vocation in Sweden. As part of the celebration he has invited Bishop William Kenny, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, to come to the parish and speak on the above topic.

photo of Bishop William KennyBishop Kenney was ordained bishop on 24 August 1987 and appointed Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General of the diocese of Stockholm.  Through a Papal appointment in 2013, he is co-chair of the international conversations between the Lutheran and Catholic Churches. He is a member to the International Department of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales (CBCEW) and represents the Conference in COMECE (Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community), and also has responsibility for the Conference’s work in Iraq, Sudan and South Sudan

The talk is preceded by celebration of mass at 10:00 and followed by a parish reception in the hall. ALL are welcome to come along.

Parish Renewal Through the Live Simply Award Scheme @ St Benedict's Garforth
Jun 24 @ 10:15 am – 1:45 pm

Live Simply Workshop logo

The Live Simply Award Scheme is a national scheme administered by CAFOD.

To obtain the award, parishes have to demonstrate how they:

  • Live ‘Simply’
  • Live ‘Sustainably’
  • Live ‘in solidarity with the poor’

The scheme provides wonderful opportunities for both individuals and parish communities to reflect more deeply about their faith, and particularly how they care for the earth and care for the poor.
The Commission, with financial support from CAFOD, are putting on a workshop to enable parishioners from across the Diocese to explore how this scheme could be used in their parishes. Come to this workshop to find out more about the scheme and think about how it might work in your parish community.

This interactive workshop will provide opportunities to hear from people in parishes that have already gained the award, hear about the sorts of activities they undertake (it is an ongoing commitment) and understand how working towards the award means engaging with people from across your parish community.

There is a separate programme for young people aged 8-15.

For children under 8 there are limited crèche places.

Bring the whole family along – a simple lunch is included.

Tea and Coffee and soft drinks available from 10:15 with a prompt 10:30 start to the workshops.

Registration is essential.

Register for the Workshop


NJPN Conference: A Sabbath for the Earth and the poor @ The Hayes Conference centre
Jul 21 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 23 @ 2:00 pm


Dr Ruth Valerio is Global Advocacy and Influencing Director for Tearfund, working to mobilise churches around the world to become agents for change and equip them for integral mission.

Fr Peter Hughes SSC. has spent most of his life as a missionary in Peru, working in some of the most impoverished communities in Lima. He is an advisor to the Instituto Bartolome de las Casas, working in programmes of leadership and social justice.

Kathy Galloway is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and was leader of the Iona Community from 2002-2009. She is currently head of Christian Aid Scotland.  She is also a published poet, author and hymn writer.

Plus Poverty Hearings – hearing from those with direct experience of poverty.

CONFERENCE CHAIR: Susy Brouard, Theology Programme Advisor for CAFOD since 2002.

CELEBRANT: Fr Sean McDonagh SSC, world-renowned eco-theologian.

Full details and booking form from the NJPN website:-