Author Archives: Nigel Parker

Craigmyle Lecture 2022 – Monday 28 November (rescheduled from 19 September)

Craigmyle Lecture 2022, Monday 28 November 18.30. Baroness Hollins will deliver the annual Catholic Union Craigmyle Lecture on “Keeping Children and Vulnerable Adults Safe – Insights from the Vatican” at the University of Notre Dame (1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG). In person and live streamed. 

Live stream link:

Free to attend. All welcome. Followed by a Drinks Reception.

To register on Eventbrite, click on this link

Or you can register with the office on 020 8749 1321 or at

Catholic Young Writer Award 2022

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?”

For full details please click the link below:

2022 Cath yng writer award

Craigmyle Lecture 2021


“The Re-invention of Giving”

Lord Bird

Tuesday 30 November 2021 at 6.45pm
Farm Street Church, Arrupe Hall
(in person)

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 or on 020 8749 1321.

You can also register on Eventbrite:

The Lecture will be live streamed on


We look forward to you joining us!

Catholic Young Writer Award 2021

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.


Webinar with Lord Deben on 23 March 2021 at 6.30pm


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.

The Craigmyle Lecture – Sir James MacMillan 24 November 2020 at 7pm

The Catholic Union Charitable Trust is honoured to announce that the Craigmyle Lecture 2020 will be given by Sir James MacMillan CBE on Tuesday 24 November 2020 at 7pm on the subject of “Music, Faith and Politics“.

Sir James MacMillan is the pre-eminent Scottish composer of his generation and the composer of numerous acclaimed choral and orchestral works, many of which draw on his Catholic faith and political influences. His high profile works include the percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel (1992) and his recent Fifth Symphony “Le Grand Inconnu” (a French term for the Holy Spirit), premiered in 2019. He also wrote a Mass setting and a setting of Tu Es Petrus for the 2010 visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the UK.

The Craigmyle Lecture is named after Lord Craigmyle (1923-98), a former President of the Catholic Union and will take place online on Zoom this year.  Attendance is free but limited to 100 people.  The Lecture will be recorded and will be available afterwards on the Catholic Union YouTube channel and this website.  Please click on the button below to register and to be sent the Zoom link.

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Catholic Young Writer Award 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.

Mass for the 150th Anniversary of the Catholic Union of Great Britain

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 or on Eventbrite here.

Talk on Interreligious Dialogue CANCELLED

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.