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Regeneration Project: the Hammersmith project

At the Provincial Council meeting on 4 September, it was decided that the further stages of the original Hammersmith Project are no longer financially viable. A much reduced plan is envisaged, consisting of renovation and decoration of the parish centre, some renovation of the priory, and providing improved guest accommodation in the 'bunkers'. Much helpful advice was received from Chris Fanning, the diocesan expert on building matters, and he has agreed to be the Project Manager.

Seven Types of Atheism, John Gray

John Gray, Seven Types of Atheism, London: Allen Lane, 2018 Many in secularised Europe regard atheism as the default position of the thinking person. But most people in other parts of the world are believers. Religious belief is the default position of most of humanity, about 85% is the estimate, and growing. This is no proof that God exists, of course, but is worth noting. Gray puts atheism through a rigorous critique in this interesting book, even though he affirms his own, not very clear, form of nuanced unbelief at the end of it. Gray, former academic and one of Britain’s best known public intellectuals, returns in his latest book to a favourite theme, the debunking of the Enlightenment

St Augustine and rucksacks

As the summer ends and many begin a new parish year or school term, Fr Paul Graham O.S.A. reflects on what it means to "keep walking!". On my summer break I read an interesting book (Guy Stagg, The Crossway, London, 2018). It’s a true story about a young man who after a nervous breakdown decides to walk the ancient pilgrim route from Canterbury to Jerusalem in order to make sense of his life. He is not a practising Christian, but somehow feels drawn to live the life of a pilgrim. On the way, he stays in many monasteries, parish houses, convents, and religious hostels. He tries, unsuccessfully, to visit the tomb of St Augustine in Pavia, near Milan, passes through San Gimignano, and stays a

Saint Nicholas of Tolentino - the first member of the Order to have been canonised

There are, for many of us, people who have served as models and inspiration in our own lives, and, at times, in the choices we make. The friar whom we remember today, Saint Nicholas of Tolentine, has been for Augustinians throughout most of our history, such a model, illustrating the ideals we strive after in our religious lives and ministry. The saints, after all, have no need of our praise. We, however, have need of their example, encouragement and intercession. Nicholas is the first member of the Order to have been canonised, and for much of the Order's history served as the model - par excellence - of the perfect integration of a life of contemplation with that of active ministry among G

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