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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!

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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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.


Review of Christian Persecution: 7 November 2019 at 7pm

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).

Please register at or 020 8749 1321 or at Eventbrite:

Craigmyle Lecture – Lord Glasman – Thursday 10 October 2019

Thursday 10 October at 6.30pm – The Craigmyle Lecture

“Catholic Social Thought and the Economics of the Common Good”.

This year’s Craigmyle Lecture will be given by Lord Maurice Glasman, the Labour peer, political theorist and best known as a founder of “Blue Labour”. All welcome.

Followed by a Drinks Reception.

Venue: Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG.


Pope Francis and his Vision of the Church – Friday 25 October 2019

The Catholic Union Charitable Trust and Farm Street Church will host a talk by Fr James Hanvey SJ on:

“Pope Francis and his Vision of the Church” 

on Friday 25 October 2019 at 7pm in the Church Hall, Farm St Church (Church of the Immaculate Conception), 114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH.  Mass in the Church is at 6pm.

Free entry.  All welcome. Followed by a Drinks Reception.

Talk by Patrick Grady MP on Wednesday 12 June at 6.45pm in Parliament

A full report of this talk is available courtesy of Independent Catholic News at:

The Catholic Union Charitable Trust has organised a talk by Patrick Grady MP on Wednesday 12 June 2019 at 6.45pm in Committee Room 6 in the House of Commons.

The title of the talk is “Catholicism and Public Life in Scotland”.

Patrick Grady is the Chief Whip of the Scottish National Party and was elected MP for Glasgow North in 2015.  Between 2011 and 2015 he worked as Advocacy Manager at the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund.

Members of the Catholic Union are also invited to attend Holy Mass in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft at 6pm by kind invitation of the Catholic chaplain, Canon Pat Browne.  The chapel is located in the south west corner of Westminster Hall.

The Committee Room holds only 65 people.  Please register to attend with the CUCT office on 020 8749 1321 or at