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Southwark Archdiocese Life in the Spirit course 2023 - in person and online

Thank you for wanting to learn more about Southwark Archdiocese Life in the Spirit Seminars for 2023! The Seminars are being run jointly by the Cathedral parish at St George's Cathedral, the Agency for Evangelisation and Catechesis and the Southwark Catholic Charismatic Renewal Team. We're delighted to be offering three options for joining the Seminars - in person at St George's Cathedral, in person at one of our Hub locations around the diocese, or on Zoom. There are five weekday sessions and an all-day retreat at the Cathedral on Pentecost Saturday, 27 May. At the Cathedral, the weekday sessions are on Tuesdays (2, 9, 16 and 30 May and 6 June), starting with a meal at 6.45pm, with those participating on Zoom joining online for 8pm. Most of the Hubs are also meeting on Tuesday evenings, but some are meeting on Wednesdays or Thursdays - see the Where are the Hubs located? box below. You'll find below the information you need:

  • to decide if you'd like to take part in the Seminars - we hope you will!

  • to choose the joining option that works best for you

  • to register for your chosen option - which you can do via the "Reserve a spot" button.

What are Life in the Spirit Seminars? (you can skip this section if you already know the answer to the question!) Life in the Spirit Seminars comprise a series of talks and discussions held on five weekday evenings and an all day retreat, supported by short daily reflections. The Seminars are designed as an introduction to a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. They provide an opportunity for you to find out more about that life, and to be helped in taking the first steps of a new relationship with Our Lord. They include the opportunity for you to be prayed with for a fuller release of the Holy Spirit to live a deeper Christian life. That's referred to as being "Baptised in the Spirit". We'll explain all about this as the Seminars proceed. It's nothing to be afraid of - quite the contrary! The Life in the Spirit Seminars grew out of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. In 2019, Pope Francis asked CHARIS International - the newly-established Catholic Church entity serving the worldwide Catholic Charismatic Renewal - to make the Baptism in the Spirit available around the world, to everyone in the Church.

What are the talk topics?

  • GOD'S LOVE - Tue 2 May - Speaker: Abhy Thomas

  • SALVATION - Tue 9 May - Speaker: Maria Heath

  • NEW LIFE - Tue 16 May - Speaker: Mike Goldsmith

  • RETREAT DAY AT THE CATHEDRAL - Sat 27 May (Pentecost Saturday) - Speaker: Michelle Moran. Followed by Vigil Mass of Pentecost at 6pm, Celebrant: Bishop Philip Moger

  • GROWTH - Tue 30 May - Speaker: Yoofi Clark

  • TRANSFORMATION - Tue 6 June - Speaker: Alice Hall.

Visit here for more on the content of our Seminars, including brief bios of our great Speakers and a link to register.

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