The 2018 Conference

A joyful conference with a timely theme: Europe and the Faith

Europe will return to the Faith, or she will perish. The Faith is Europe. And Europe is the Faith.”  (Hilaire Belloc)

Held Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August 2018

Speakers included …

Joseph Pearce, Keynote Speaker

JOSEPH PEARCE is a senior fellow at The Cardinal Newman Society and editor of its journal. He is a senior contributor at The Imaginative Conservative and senior editor at the Augustine Institute. Up until recently, Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee he was previously on the staff of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, New Hampshire,  Ave Maria College in Ypsilanti, Michigan and at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida. His books include biographical works on C.S. Lewis, Shakespeare, Tolkien, Chesterton, Wilde, Solzhenitsyn and Belloc. He is a visiting professor for the Studium’s new Liberal Arts degree being launched in September 2018.

Father Mark Lawler, Chaplain at Chavagnes

Father Mark Lawler is chaplain to Chavagnes International College and Chavagnes Studium. He is currently completing his doctoral thesis on aspects of the theology of Gilbert Keith Chesterton. At previous Chavagnes conferences he has spoken on The Virgin Mary in the writings of GK Chesterton. He is also a professor for the Studium’s new Liberal Arts degree being launched in September 2018.

Ferdi McDermott, Principal at Chavagnes

Ferdi McDermott is Principal and Founder of Chavagnes International College (www.chavagnes.org) and the Chavagnes Studium. He has authored and edited several books on literary and theological topics and also founded the international Catholic cultural journal, Saint Austin Review (http://staustinreview.org/) in 2000. At previous Chavagnes conferences he has spoken on the life and legacy of St Louis de Montfort, The Virgin Mary in English Letters, Catholic Education and The Sorrowful Mother as a Theme in Culture.  He is also a professor for the Studium’s new Liberal Arts degree being launched in September 2018.

Father Leo Daley

A Doctor in the History of Art as well as a talented painter in his own right, Fr Leo is parish priest in the Liverpool Archdiocese. He is also a visiting professor for the Studium’s new Liberal Arts degree being launched in September 2018.

Luca Fumagalli

Luca Fumagalli is an Italian teacher and writer. He is co-founder and Editor of Radio Spada (http://www.radiospada.org/) and has published on RH Benson, Baron Corvo and William Golding.

Benjamin Harnwell

Described by the controversial Steve Bannon as “the smartest guy in Rome”, Ben is director of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, founded to help Christian politicians defend the faith in the public square. He drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Dignity, launched by the Speaker of the European Parliament in 2009 and was a long-term aid to senior British politician Nirj Deva from 1996 until stepping down as Chief of Staff in 2010 to concentrate on DHI. He writes occasional pieces for Breitbart and the National Catholic Register.

 

Mr McDermott and our chefs.

 

 

Here are some photos from recent Chavagnes conferences. We always have such a wonderful time, and this year we would like you to share this happy experience with us. It’s a great week of Catholic fellowship, prayer and reflection in a convivial atmosphere, complete with good and hearty French food and wine.


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