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From The Ark No. 193 - Spring 2003


  • Study day: Creations Old and New

Douai Abbey, Berkshire

Saturday 10 May 10.30am - 4.30pm

An exploration into the Catholic understanding of Creation as an event of the past, present and future. We shall discuss the place in it of people and animals in the light of both the Catechism of the Catholic Church and of tradition. Led by Deborah Jones.

Suggested donation for the waged 12.50. Please bring food to share at lunch time.

Tea, coffee and soup will be provided. Booking code 5203.

Book direct via www.douaiabbey.orguk/retreat2.htm  

or by post from Pastoral Programme Director, Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Berks, RG7 5TQ

  • Day for Religions and Animal Welfare

Ammerdown, near Bath

Saturday 12 July 10-4 p.m

Speakers: Christian (Deborah Jones & Rev David Sox); Jewish (Rabbi Charles Middleburgh), and Muslim (Hassan Morrison), and Gill Osman from Compassion in World Farming.

Ammerdown Conference and Retreat Centre, Radstock, near Bath, BA3 5SW

Coffee, lunch and tea included, 20. Details in the next Ark or from Ammerdown.

  • Ecumenical animal welfare retreat

Launde Abbey

Friday (by 7pm) 18 - Sunday 20 July

If you have not yet experienced one of these annual ecumenical retreats, you are in for a treat! You stay in comfortable accommodation in an Elizabethan Manor House in the heart of the rolling Leicestershire countryside. You share good food and conversation with Christian animal-lovers, and enjoy lively talks by the retreat-master, Fr Mark Elvins OFM, prayer and liturgies, and free time to roam and explore, to read or just to think. Full costs p.p. 89 (no supplements).

Booking forms and information from

  • Ecumenical Service for Animal Creation

Clifton Cathedral,


Saturday 4 October, 3 pm

The service - of praise, thanksgiving and contrition - to be led by the Rt Rev Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton and Fr Robert Corrigan, Dean of Clifton Cathedral, with the Ven. Tim McClure, Archdeacon of Bristol and Free Church Leaders. Speaker to be Dom Paul Stonham OSB, Abbot of Belmont Abbey, Hereford.

This ecumenical service is hosted by the Catholic Study Circle for Animal Welfare, in co-operation with the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals. We urge all Ark members and friends, especially those in London, South Wales, the West and the Midlands to make a special point of attending this service, and request that they do not arrange local services or events on the same day. Please inform your local animal welfare organisations, veterinarian surgeries, schools and church groups. If possible, arrange for coaches or minibuses, or share cars.

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