Closure Date for Columban Media Competition
Feb 17 all-day

Every year the Columbans in the UK hold a competition for 13-18 year old students.

This year students are asked to deliver and original piece of writing or an original image on the theme of ‘Biodiversity Matters’

The first prize in each category is £500.

Use the button to find out more about how to enter and what you have to do:

More Information and how to enter

Romero Lecture 2024 @ Leeds Trinity University
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Archbishop Romero Trust engages someone every year to do a short speaking tour.

This year the speaker is Raymond Perrier. Raymond is Director the Hurley Institute in South Africa. The lecture will be held at Leeds Trinity University.

The theme for his talk is

Prayerful and Prophetic Resilience in the Face of Injustice – Archbishops Oscar Romero and Denis Hurley’.

Use the button to register to attend this free event organised by SPARK Social Justice in partnership with the J&P Commission and Leeds Trinity University

More Info & registration

Dr Raymond Perrier Biography

Since 2015, Raymond has been the founding Director of the Denis Hurley Centre – a community centre in the heart of Durban South Africa which brings together different faith groups to help the poor and marginalised of the city. This landmark building has established its reputation as a place of care, education and community, responding to issues of refugees, drug addiction and homelessness.
Raymond is also involved in different networks working to help transform inner-city Durban; he has been Chair of the Municipal Task Team on Homelessness, helped set up South Africa’s National Homeless Network, and is part of the team drafting a national policy on homelessness for South Africa. He also works as a consultant to the Global Interfaith Network which provides theological resources for religious leaders in the Global South who wish to look at questions of LGBTI inclusion.
For 5 years, Raymond was Director of the Jesuit Institute – South Africa, working to bring a faith perspective to debates on social issues. He also designed and facilitated courses in values-based leadership delivered at several South African and US business schools.
For 6 years, Raymond was a trainee Jesuit priest. This included 2 years living and working in a refugee camp in Uganda with the Jesuit Refugee Service serving 60,000 Sudanese refugees with pastoral support and education. After leaving the Jesuits, Raymond became the Head of Communities for CAFOD working with Catholic parishes and schools across the country.
Raymond’s initial professional experience was in marketing consultancy, working for Interbrand with companies such as American Express, British Airways, IBM and BP. He developed with Business Week an annual league table of the world’s most valuable brands and pioneered a global consulting practice in brand valuation. He was Managing Director of the New York office of Interbrand with a staff of 160.
Of Indian parents, Raymond was born and educated in the UK. He holds a BA in Philosophy and Theology from New College, Oxford; an MA in Philosophy from the University of London; and an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. He recently completed a PhD with the University of KwaZulu-Natal writing about Paddy Kearney (the founder of the DHC and a renowned Struggle activist). He is also a Research Associate at the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Faith and Community and a frequent writer and commentator in newspapers, on radio and television, including a regular column in ‘The Southern Cross’ (SA’s national Catholic newspaper).

Catholic Social Teaching: Revisiting the Basics @ Boarbank Hall
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 1 @ 2:00 pm
Catholic Social Teaching: Revisiting the Basics @ Boarbank Hall

This 3 day course if for anyone interested in discovering, refreshing or deepening their understanding of Catholic Social Teaching.

Why? Catholic Social Teaching has been described as ‘the Church’s best-kept secret’. It offers a fresh way of understanding moral and social questions, deeply rooted in the Gospel, but accessible to anyone. It has rich resources for renewing a tired and confused political world. Ideal reflection for election year!

 Who? The course will be taught by Sr Margaret Atkins, former lecturer at Trinity and All Saints, Leeds, and Oscott College seminary.

What? The weekend will offer lectures and discussions, shared meals and the option of joining the Community for Mass and Daily Office, along with some social time and space to explore our beautiful local area.

 How much? The basic Guest House fee is £90 per day with full board (£140 for twin/double), plus the option of a donation to cover the costs of the course. (Reductions offered if needed – please ask.)

To book, email