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Food for Thought — Reflections around the Eucharist

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Ahead of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress, this short course is an opportunity to reflect on different aspects of the Mass and particularly on some of the responses that we make during the celebration of the Eucharist. The talks are intended for a general audience but may be of particular interest to Eucharistic Ministers and Readers. It is hoped that the reflections will help to deepen our appreciation of and participation in the Mass.

Brian Purfield has been a member of the Mount Street Jesuit Team since its beginning in 2004. Prior to that, he taught at Campion House, Osterley for three years. He has also taught at Heythrop College. He works in the area of Adult Faith Formation with a particular interest in Scripture. He has given retreats and courses in the UK and Ireland, North America and the Far East. He lives with his wife Deborah in Buckinghamshire.

Friday Evening, 13th July ‘Lift up your hearts’
Saturday, 14th July, 1.30pm ‘The Lord be with you’
Sunday, 15th July, 1.30pm ‘Behold the Lamb of God’

Other courses at Liverpool Living Theology this year.

Places are limited this year owing to building work taking place at Hope University Creative Campus, Everton.
Each participant will be able to do both of the following courses, split into two smaller groups on Saaturday and SUnday.

A: Practical Theology

When we do theology we reflect on what we know about God and the world we live in. Through reflection we can understand the theology that underlies and directs how we live in the world. In this course we will examine our understanding of God, and the ways in which that affects our work in the world. We will look at how God is trying to save the world, and what that means, and look at several examples, including how the liberation theology movement has led to change in the way we view and participate in God’s saving action; and developing ways of dealing with problems in marriage.

Fr. Mike Smith is a Jesuit priest, who has spent most of his life in education. He now specialises in adult education, and lectures in several places on theological topics. Beginning with a degree in physics, he has a special interest in the links between science and faith, and tries to maintain this view of reality in all his work.

B: Living Theologians

During Living Theology weekend, Peter Edmonds SJ invites ‘living theologians’ to meet the four evangelists, Mark, Matthew, Luke and John, discussing who they were and what they wrote, where and when they worked and why. We look forward to having them as close and valued friends whom we meet regularly when we read their gospels for ourselves and when we hear them proclaimed in our Sunday liturgies. Just bring with you a copy of the New Testament.

Fr Peter Edmonds is a British Jesuit. After Scripture studies in Rome, he spent years teaching New Testament in the Regional Seminary in Zimbabwe and a later period at the Jesuit School of Theology in Nairobi, Kenya. He has since been a member of the Theology Faculty at Oxford University. He now lives in the Jesuit community at Farm Street, London. Among other publications, he has contributed 25 articles to the Jesuit website :-


Friday From 6pm SFX Church will be open for Registration and Supper
7pm Main Speaker: Brian Purfield: ‘Lift up your hearts’.

 Saturday July 14thSunday July 15th
9.30amMorning PrayerMorning Prayer 
10.00Courses A & B group 1Courses A & B group 2
11.30Courses A & B group 1Courses A & B group 2
1.30Brian Purfield
‘The Lord be with You’
Brian Purfield
’Behold the Lamb of God’



Hope university Campus and Saint Francis Xavier Church are situated next to each other between Shaw Street ad Salisbury Street (L3 8DR) at the top of Islington (close to the city centre and five minutes walk from the Royal Liverpool Hospital). Buses 101 and 21 stop nearby, Q car park is situated off Erskine Street. See map


Tea and coffee are served in the Shaw Room at SFX church during breaks in the programme. Please bring a packed lunch.


£65 (£25 non-returnable deposit on booking). The balance is payable on the first day of the course. Subsidies may be available on application. Please makes cheques payable to ‘Loyola-metro’.

Residential places

Some residential places may be available but booking is separate to that of the course. Please contact SFX church for more details.


Please fill in the application form (click here to download) and return to address on the form. Confirmation will be sent out at the end of June – please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.


Saint Francis Xavier Church Parish Office: 0151 298 1911



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