29th January 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
St. John's Parish Hall*, South Parade, Bath
Bath BA2 4AF

Raymond Friel – General Secretary, Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference

In his recent book, The Revolution of Tenderness: Being a Catholic in Today’s Church, former Bath headteacher Raymond Friel traces the recent history of the Catholic Church from the ‘mass membership’ of the pre-Vatican II era, characterised by observance and obedience, to a new era of ‘intentional discipleship’ characterised by what Pope Francis has called ‘missionary discipleship.’

In this talk, Raymond will provide opportunities for reflection and discussion as well as sharing something of his own journey as a cradle Catholic who came to maturity just as the Church was coming to terms with the epoch-changing implications of Vatican II. In today’s Church, a traditional backlash is underway from those who think the Council went too far, and even that Pope Francis is out step with Church teaching.

What do you think about the current state of the Church? What does the future hold?  How do you grow in faith in the modern world? What does it mean to be a missionary disciple? To consider these and other burning questions of the day, come and join Raymond on 29 January.

Raymond was the headteacher of St. Gregory’s Catholic College in Bath from 2004 until 2016. He is currently the General Secretary of the Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference. He is the author of a number of books on Catholic leadership and spirituality as well as The Revolution of Tenderness, including Gospel Values for Catholic Schools. In The Hope That Is In You CD series from Redemptorist Publications, he has interviewed leading thinkers and activists in the Church today such as Timothy Radcliffe, Jean Vanier and Eamon Duffy. Redemptorist Publications will be in attendance with a stall of books and CDs. Don’t miss this ideal opportunity to stock up on spiritual resources.