Spring is in the air as we celebrate St Augustine’s Day and other May events
Does anyone else feel like spring has arrived in full, miraculous force in the last week or two?
The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and the air is full of the promise of the season. We hope you enjoyed a spiritually rejuvenating Easter, and that you’re able to join us in looking ahead with renewed energy to the days ahead.
It’s certainly been an exciting month so far, with many people tuning in to watch the coronation of King Charles III. St Augustine’s has also been blessed with some exciting May-time tidings, which you can read all about below.
From upcoming celebrations to thrilling historical re-discoveries, it’s all here in this overview of the College’s May newsletter.
We’re very excited to welcome esteemed theologian and Anglican scholar, Professor David F. Ford to this year’s event. Guests will be treated to a special lecture by Professor Ford on the Gospel of John, based on the professor’s own recently published and much-praised commentary.
This is a fundraising event, which means all financial contributions will go towards the college’s Tattersall Bursary Fund. By attending, you’ll be supporting students who might not otherwise be able to study theology due to financial barriers.
Speaking on the topic of our shared community of Communion, the archbishop dove into a number of important and poignant topics. Not only did he share some of his own insights, he also invited questions from the audience which prompted some rich discussion.
Bringing history to life and celebrating long-lost icons
It’s been an exciting month for fans of history and archaeological discovery.
The college was treated to wonderful lecture from Rev Dr Lesley Hardy on the life (and surprisingly recent afterlife) of Anglo-Saxon saint, Eanswythe. After establishing one the first monasteries founded by a woman, this enigmatic young princess was revered as a patron saint by the people of Folkestone, in Kent
In a fascinating overview of Eanswythe life and legacy, Dr Hardy regaled attendees with a story that spanned centuries – from lost reliquaries to surprising scientific discoveries. Miss the lecture? Read all about the search for Eanswythe.
And if that wasn’t enough, our very own Chaplain, Rev Harriet Johnson shared a video update on the College’s new icon project. Reporting from St Augustine’s Abbey in Canterbury, Harriet explains how the project is progressing, spotlighting the legacy of St Hadrian and what the new icon will represent.
Celebrating the complete Easter People audio retreat – and the man behind it
If you’re already a fan of St Augustine’s popular audio retreats, you will no doubt be familiar with the voice of Chris Chapman. You can now learn more about Chris, who is also the College’s Christian Spirituality tutor, in our latest story feature.
Read about Chris’ approach to theology, learning, and life in general. We’re only sorry we don’t have an audio version of the piece so listeners might enjoy it in Chris’ own soothing tones.
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