The Three Magic Words you Should Say this Valentine’s Day

CPW members Joy and Mike Wanless were recently invited to share what they had learnt during their 40 years of marriage at the Salford Diocesan Blessing for Engaged couples . With many couples present, they reminded the couples of the importance of spending time together and talked about the blessings of Catholic Peoples’ Weeks. This is Joy’s reflection on marriage, the importance of mutual support, and CPW.

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Member ArticlesJoy Wanless
Let's talk about... Words

How many times have we heard politicians adopt predictable and polarised positions in public debate? On matters which affect our children's and grand-children's future, we expect those in positions of responsibility to engage in a meaningful exchange of ideas. Where is the generosity, the openness, 'the words to consider, reconsider'? The answer is that we have the words. We keep them close to our hearts and only speak them when we are in a trusted environment where we are loved, valued and listened to. At CPW we aim to create these environments; sacred places for meaningful conversations, with each other, ourselves and our God. It is our meaningful conversations which will transform our view of the future.

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Anne Dixon
Living Beyond Conformity: Remembering Fr. Owen Hardwicke

Remembering much-loved CPW chaplain Owen Hardwicke. Owen was a gifted wordsmith and the author of Living Beyond Conformity: (Experience of Ministry and Priesthood). Owen devoted his life to serving those who "danced in the margins of ecclesial life."  A beautiful and touching eulogy was given by Fr, Rob Esdaile at Owen's funeral. We have published it on the CPW website with his permission.

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Sarah Dixon
The Sultan and the Saint - Private Viewing in Cardiff on Friday 1st Feb 2019

CPW members are invited to attend a private viewing of The Sultan and The Saint at Vue cinema Cardiff on Friday 1st February 2019 at 7pm. This event is taking place in the 800th anniversary year of the little-known, ground-breaking encounter between the Christian, Saint Francis of Assisi, and the Muslim, Sultan Malik Al-Kamil: at Damietta in northern Egypt, in the midst of the horrors of the Crusades. The docu-drama is an hour long and will be followed by a Q&A discussion.

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NewsSarah Dixon
'Ringing out the Old, Ringing in the New' - My CPW Highlights from 2018

The turn of the year is a time when we naturally stop and consider where we have been and wonder what the future may hold. Looking back over 2018 my CPW highlights have been those which are unlikely to feature in the newsletter reports. They are background moments, hidden breakthroughs which keep our wonderful organisation growing and maturing in response to contemporary challenges. Today, I would like to share five moments in 2018 which made a difference to me; as well as what I’m looking forward to for CPW in 2019.

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Anne Dixon
Dr Pia Matthews, 2018 Dora Turbin lecturer delivers lecture on ‘Disability and a Theology of Hope’

On 17th November CPW were delighted to welcome Dr Pia Matthews as the speaker for the annual Dora Turbin lecture. Dr Matthews is a theologian and a lecturer in Healthcare Ethics at St Mary's University, Twickenham. The title of the lecture was ‘Disability and a Theology of Hope’ and you can read the full transcript here.

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