local Anglicans help Hopkins Society 2014

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undefinedThe Hopkins Society's annual lecture this autumn will be given by Nicholas Sagovsky on the theme of 'Gerard Manley Hopkins S.J. The Poet as Theologian'. It will take place at the Creative Campus of Liverpool Hope University, Shaw Street, Liverpool on Saturday 18 October.

The society honours and reflects on the work of the poet and Jesuit priest Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 to 1889). There is significant interest in Hopkins among some contemporary Anglicans. A convert to Roman Catholicism, Hopkins came from a High Church Anglican family.

The Revd Lore Chumbley, curate at Stockton Heath and Appleton, wrote about Hopkins for her MA dissertation. She is now active in the Hopkins Society, as is the Revd Canon Michael Burgess, Rector Oughtrington and Warburton. Michael, with others, founded the Hopkins Society in the north west of England.

Lore (pictured above) said: “Hopkins … was so aware of the fingerprints of God in all of creation – and the mess we have made of the world. He looked for Christ in everyone he met.  He was a real missionary poet and his language goes straight to the heart."

As a poet Hopkins found fame posthumously.There was much appreciation for his experimental explorations in prosody (especially sprung rhythm) and his use of imagery.

The lecture will take place at the Creative Campus on Shaw Street from 11.30am on Saturday 18 October.
For precise details of how to get to the lecture venue, and to book tickets email lore.chumbley@talktalk.net
The tickets cost £10 (£7 for society members).

Membership enquiries to billandmeljones@aol.com

In 2005 the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, gave the annual lecture. That is now available in published form from the Hopkins Society.

Hopkins served in ordained ministry at St Francis Xavier Church which stands adjacent to Liverpool Hope University’s Creative Campus.

Pictured below, the Revd Canon Michael Burgess: one of the founders of the Hopkins Society