10th December. John Battle comes to speak at the Preston Centre

The Jesuits and Xaverians in Preston are hosting an evening talk by John Battle who is Chair of the Leeds Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission.  The talk will be introduced by Bishop Paul Swarbrick and followed by a group discussion, questions and answers.

The title of the talk is taken from a line in Pope Benedict’s First Encyclical “Deus Caritas Est”.  John believes that we need to do things, to change things for the better and that requires that we get organised.  Referencing the relationship between prayer and action, he will draw analogies from the ruins of Kirkstall, a Cistercian Abbey near Leeds and Armley Remand Prison following Thomas Merton’s theme of the relationship between contemplation and action.

John was was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Leeds West from 1987 to 2010.

The Justice and Peace Commission seeks to identify and raise awareness of injustices and their root causes, whether they occur locally, nationally or internationally. The Commission does this in order to foster and encourage social change for a better world

As Christians we believe in the dignity of human beings and the rights of people to live in peace. We take action on the most pressing issues facing our communities, such as Climate Change, Poverty and racism.

The event is free but we will take bookings through Eventbrite so as to control numbers.  If you are unable or unwilling to tangle with Eventbrite then we can do that for you.  Let us know by signing the sheet on the reception desk or using the enquiry form here.