The School of the Annunciation – Programme for Autumn 2016

angelstatueOur contributor, Fr Guy de Gaynesford, is Rector of the School of the Annunciation, based at beautiful Buckfast Abbey in Devon.  We give below some details of the courses that will be commencing at the School this Autumn – a wonderful opportunity to enrich your faith intellectually and spiritually!

Diploma in the New Evangelisation – beginning 22nd – 25th September 2016

Introduction to Catholic Theology  – start dates through the year

Introduction to Philosophy – beginning 25th – 28th August 2016

Ecclesiastical Latin – beginning 6th – 9th October 2016

New Evangelisation and Media – beginning 13th – 16th October 2016

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If you are at a loose end right now, it is not too late to book onto the remaining Summer Schools:

Sacred Art and the New Evangelisation – 11th – 14th August 2016

What must I do to inherit eternal life?  – 22nd – 25th August 2016

Foundations of Philosophy for Faith – 25th – 28th August 2016

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Apologetics for the New Evangelisation 5: The Spanish Inquisition by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

Apologetics for the New Evangelisation Artwork for PodcastFr Guy does not attempt a defence of the Spanish Inquisition but looks plainly at the known facts and draws some surprising conclusions. Based on recent research into original documents this talk is of interest not only to the Catholic apologist, but to all with a concern for truth.

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Given at the School of the Annunciation in August 2015. We are grateful to them for allowing us to publish this talk on our website. For more information on the School of the Annunciation click here.

Verbum Domini 1 – Christ in the Holy Scriptures by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

Verbum Domini Artwork for Podcast 2A compelling study on the subject of the Word of God in the Scriptures by Fr Guy de Gaynesford. Fr Guy expands on this key statement in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: ‘Through all the words of Sacred Scripture, God speaks only one single Word, his one Utterance, in whom he expresses himself completely.’ Quoting from St Augustine, the Catechism continues: ‘You recall that one and the same Word of God extends throughout Scripture, that it is one and the same Utterance that resounds in the mouths of all the sacred writers, since he who was in the beginning God with God has no need of separate syllables; for he is not subject to time.‘ CCC 102

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Creation and Fall, Virtue and Beatitude 5: The Beatitudes 2 by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

Find me in iTunesFr Guy continues his exploration of each of the eight beatitudes, drawing out their complementarity with each of the ten commandments, and furthermore, with each of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.  In total they form a perfect description of Christ himself, and thus to the holiness to which we are all called with the aid of the grace of God.

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These talks were given during 2015 at the School of the Annunciation, Buckfast Abbey, Devon. We are grateful to them for permission to publish them on our website. For more information on the School of the Annunciation, a Centre of Adult Education for the New Evangelization, go to this link

Apologetics for the New Evangelisation 3 by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

Apologetics for the New Evangelisation Artwork for Podcast3. The Approach to Apologetics Part 2. Continuing his look at the inner disposition of the apologist, Fr Guy considers the need for our own faith to be strong and informed before we attempt to pass on what we believe to others. ‘Keep as your pattern the sound teaching you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. With the help of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, look after the precious thing given in trust’. (2 Timothy 1: 13-14). He also gives some practical guidelines and lists some resources.

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Given at the School of the Annunciation in August 2015. We are grateful to them for allowing us to publish this talk on our website. For more information on the School of the Annunciation click here.

Creation and Fall, Virtue and Beatitude 4: The Beatitudes 1 by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

TFind me in iTuneshe eight Beatitudes are familiar to us from the account given in St Matthew at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount. However, if our understanding of the blessed ones as limited to these we would be at fault, for there are many examples of those who are described as blessed in the Bible.  The Catechism speaks of our vocation to Beatitude: ‘The Beatitudes are at the heart of Jesus’ preaching….the Beatitudes respond to the natural desire for happiness.  This desire is of divine origin: God has placed it in the human heart in order to draw man to the One who alone can fulfil it. (CCC 1716, 1718)’.

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These talks were given during 2015 at the School of the Annunciation, Buckfast Abbey, Devon. We are grateful to them for permission to publish them on our website. For more information on the School of the Annunciation, a Centre of Adult Education for the New Evangelization, go to this link

Apologetics for the New Evangelisation 2: Universal Salvation by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

Apologetics for the New Evangelisation Artwork for PodcastOne example of an error of faith which will face the apologist of today is the concept of universalism or universal salvation – the belief that all people will go to heaven regardless of their faith and regardless of their behaviour in this life. Fr Guy looks at the substance of this argument and contrasts it with true Christianity and the message of Christ. ‘Enter by the narrow gate, since the road that leads to destruction is wide and spacious, and many take it; but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it‘.  (Matthew 7: 13-14)

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Given at the School of the Annunciation in August 2015. We are grateful to them for allowing us to publish this talk on our website. For more information on the School of the Annunciation click here.