The 2022 Catholic Young Writer Award is a competition open to all Roman Catholics in Britain aged 11-16 and all pupils in years 8-12 at UK RC secondary schools. There are a number of prizes available and the closing date is 30 May 2022.
The Award is sponsored by the Catholic Union Charitable Trust.
The theme this year is “The Eucharist – Why is it so important?”
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2022 Cath yng writer award
THE CRAIGMYLE LECTURE 2021
“The Re-invention of Giving”
Tuesday 30 November 2021 at 6.45pm
Farm Street Church, Arrupe Hall
The Rt Hon The Lord Bird MBE (John Bird) is a Crossbench peer and is perhaps best well known as the founder of The Big Issue newspaper. Lord Bird’s work focuses on dismantling the root causes of poverty and homelessness in the UK, and the well-being of future generations on which subject he has a Private Member’s Bill in the House of Lords. He also speaks on social enterprise, social mobility, literacy and the Arts.
The Lecture will be followed by a Reception. Members may also wish to attend Mass beforehand at Farm St Church at 6pm.
Registration is required to attend this lecture and early registration would be appreciated. Please register with the Catholic Union office at email@example.com or on 020 8749 1321.
You can also register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/catholic-union-13493819133
The Lecture will be live streamed on https://www.farmstreet.org.uk/livestream.
We look forward to you joining us!
Joanna Bogle reports on this year’s competition:
“The problems faced by schools this year were obviously great. But we received a surprisingly good number of entries for the 2021 Catholic Young Writer Award.
Pupils were asked to discuss the statement by C.S. Lewis about Christ: a madman, a liar or was He indeed the true God who came to be among us?
The overall winner was Samuel McCarthy of Bishop Vaughan School, Swansea, and prizes were also awarded to pupils at:
St John Houghton School, Kirk Hallam
Gumley House School Isleworth
Finchley Catholic High School
St Martin’s Catholic Academy Nuneaton
St Thomas Aquinas School Birmingham
It was a particular pleasure to be able to award the magnificent book on Catholicism produced by Lord Brennan: this means that our young writers this year have a truly memorable award. We are also grateful to the Knights of St Columba who helped by spreading word of the Award through their own Youth and Schools initiative.”
Our grateful thanks go to Joanna Bogle for her work in organising this year’s Award.
“CLIMATE CHANGE – THE GOSPEL IMPERATIVE”
A Webinar with Lord Deben (John Selwyn Gummer) on the subject of “Climate Change – The Gospel Imperative” will take place on Tuesday 23 March 2021 at 6.30pm on Zoom.
The Zoom link will be circulated to those on the Catholic Union mailing list the day before the event.
Lord Deben is a former Secretary of State for the Environment and is currently Chairman of the UK’s independent Committee on Climate Change.
A recording of the talk can be found here.
Please click on the link below to read the transcript of Sir James MacMillan’s 2020 CUCT Craigmyle Lecture entitled “Faith, Music and Politics”.
CRAIGMYLE LECTURE 2020
Catholic Young Writer Award 2020
The winners of the 2020 Catholic Young Writer Award – presented annually by the Catholic Union Charitable Trust – are:
Elizabeth McAllister of Mayfield School, East Sussex
Vyvyan Ogenna Okoro of Our Lady and St Chad Academy, Wolverhampton
They share a joint cash prize of £50 (£25 each) plus book prizes and commemorative cups.
The Award was launched over twenty years ago by the Catholic Writers’ Guild of England and Wales and as the numbers of schools involved expanded, it was taken over by the Catholic Union Charitable Trust. This year, participants were invited to write about the importance of attending Sunday Mass. They were expected to show evidence of having studied the relevant Scriptures and sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
“The number of entries was obviously small this year because of the schools closing – said Award organiser Joanna Bogle “But we had some entries of a good standard and Vyvyan and Elizabeth produced really fine work. Some runner-up prizes have been awarded as well and have been posted to various schools.”
Our thanks go to Joanna Bogle for her hard work on this valuable project.
Holy Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols at 6pm on Wednesday 19 February 2020 at Farm St Church (postal address 114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH). This Mass will mark the 150th anniversary of the Catholic Union of Great Britain and will be followed by a Reception kindly sponsored by the Catholic Union Charitable Trust. All welcome.
Please register for the Reception with the office (020 8749 1321 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or on Eventbrite here.
The CUCT Talk by Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald on Interreligious Dialogue scheduled for 27 March at the University of Notre Dame in London has with regret been cancelled by the venue in accordance with their policy on gatherings in respect of the coronavirus.
The CUCT hope that the Talk might be rescheduled at a later date and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Thursday 7 November at 7pm – Christian Persecution: Problems and Progress
Bishop Philip Mounstephen of Truro, author of the Independent Review of FCO Support for Persecuted Christians, and Rehman Chishti MP, Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief, discuss the persecution of Christians four months after publication of the Truro Review.
Doors at 6.30pm. Followed by a Drinks Reception.
Venue: St Mary Moorfields Church, 4-5 Eldon Street, London EC2M 7LS (not wheelchair accessible).