Autumn Break - Reformation and Counter-Reformation

This year’s Autumn Break marked the Reformation anniversary by focusing on the arts of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation.

Sr Margaret teaching Autumn break

 Once again, we were treated to an intellectual and artistic feast. The scene was set on the first day with Haydn Lee's introductory lecture on Luther and the German tradition, followed by the powerful film Luther, starring Joseph Fiennes. Haydn followed up with two more presentations, moving from Germany to England - Tallis, Byrd et al. - and including some of the continental Catholic tradition.

As usual, he combined talking, playing the piano and selections from CDs in a very illuminating and enjoyable way.

Autumn break

Fr Dixie explained the theological significance of Luther, adding nuance to the story told by the film.

Rosemary Mitchell’s slide show and lecture on the art of the period showed continuities across the Reformation divide, and some fascinating recusant architecture and Joyce Simpson set John Donne’s poetry against the background of the absorbing tale of his religious journey, coming from a family of staunch Catholics, who suffered for their faith, yet ending his days as a respected Dean of St Paul’s.

Sr Margaret led a discussion on the theme ‘What is Art?’, inviting the group to consider whether the Reformation had shifted the way the question was answered. We also had a day out: to Stonyhurst, where the museum’s treasures included some Books of Hours and a hat that had belonged to St Thomas More. Haydn rounded off the week with a recital at our social evening on the last night and Joyce by leading a shared poetry reading on the final morning.

Stonyhurst college Stonyhurst college
Stonyhurst college

As usual the group was able to join in the regular Masses and daily prayer of the Community, enjoy shared meals and friendship, and visit the local area.

Next year we will move on to Faith and the Arts in the Seventeenth Century.
The dates are November 5th-9th 2018.

Please book early to avoid disappointment! If you have any questions or simply want more information then contact SR MARGARET