Anthony Storey Lecture 2024: “The courage of the white flag?”
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

This free to attend online Zoom event has been organised by the Middlesborough Diocese Justice & Peace Commission.

They write:-

Popular speaker Father Rob Esdaile will speak about “The courage of the white flag?” at this year’s Anthony Storey Memorial Peace and Justice Lecture.

For the past 20 years, Father Rob has written reflections used by Pax Christi in Peace Sunday celebrations and he is priest adviser on social action in Arundel and Brighton Diocese.

As an introduction to the lecture Father Rob writes: “Many people were shocked when, in the course of a television interview in early March, Pope Francis spoke of ‘The courage of the white flag’ in relation to the war in Ukraine.

“Was this childish naivete or profound realism? Was it supine appeasement or a creative attempt to prevent a relentless cycle of violence?

“How should we balance principle and pragmatism? Christ’s radical command not to kill and to love our enemies with the sordid realities of realpolitik? What price peace – and what is the cost of the alternative?”

The lecture, which is hosted by the Dioce of Middlesbrough Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission, takes place on Tuesday June 4th at 6pm, via Zoom.
To register, email Barbara Hungin at

photo of personCanon Rob Esdaile: Born in Epsom in 1961, Fr. Rob Esdaile was ordained in 1991 and has been parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, Thames Ditton, since 2006. Involved in work for justice and peace for many years, he has written materials for Peace Sunday each year since the early noughties and occasional articles and talks on a variety of themes. He is also Priest Adviser on Spirituality and Formation in A&B diocese and a (self-) published poet.

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

Racial Justice: Agenda for Change with CARJ @ St Patricks' Church
Sep 21 @ 10:30 am – 4:45 pm

CARJ logoThis one day conference is the Northern  conference in celebration of 40 years of CARJ (The Catholic Association for Racial Justice).

The conference will begin at 10am with arrivals and coffee/tea.

The Bishop of Salford will open the meeting and welcome people at 10.30am.

The first keynote speaker is Max Farrar (Emeritus professor of Leeds Beckett University).

Max will be followed by Alison Lowe (Deputy Mayor of West Yorkshire).

There will be a complimentary lunch provided at about 1.30pm.

At 2.30pm there’ll be an item on CARJ’s ‘Agenda for change’ by Fr Phil Sumner, HAnds reaching into the airParish Priest of Our Lady and St. Patrick’s Parish, Oldham

This agenda, building on  experiences over the last 40 years, is intended to guide the efforts of CARJ, and all those of goodwill, to promote greater equality and to create a more racially just society.

At 3pm there’ll be workshops, with the opportunity for different diocese’s /parishes in the north of England to present something of what they are doing for racial justice.

The Conference will conclude with Mass at 4pm.

Anyone living or working in the Leeds Diocese will be able to claim public transport costs to and from Oldham. Simply email if you are interested in taking up this offer and we will send you the details.


J&P Planning Meeting
Sep 28 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

wordmap of social justice issuesEvery year we hold an extended Commission meeting to reflect on:

  • the activities that we have undertaken,
  • the current ‘signs of the times’
  • where we can most effectively use our scarce resources of time and money over the course of the coming couple of years
  • Do we need to adjust the way in which we work in the light of changing circumstances?

This year we will be including reflections from the Listening Events we have undertaken so far.

The venue is still to be confirmed.

Like all our Commission meetings, this meeting is open to anyone in the Diocese of Leeds to attend. If you would like to do so then please email  and we will send you any papers or details needed nearer to the date of the meeting.