Antidotes to a Throwaway Culture – Lent at The Lay Centre

Riekie van Velzen Art Exhibition

Thursdays February 15, 22 and March 1, The Lay Centre’s Lenten Series includes Morning Conferences 09.30am-12pm, Evening Conferences 6pm-7.15pm

February 15, following Evening Conference – Inauguration Art Exhibition: “When Waste is Not Wasted“, by Riekie Van Velzen, co-founder of The Lay Centre. Join us for the inauguration and a light reception (RSVP by February 12

Weekend Lenten Retreat – February 23-25

Full details of Lenten Series below.

The indispensable gift of Hope – morning series

09.30am – 12pm

In a world that teaches us to see everything as disposable, including our time, our talents and our very personhood, the gift of hope is something that God offers us in our concrete daily realities in order to encourage, strengthen and embolden us to live according to the timeless values in accord with the dignity of the creation, our community and ourselves. In this three week series of reflection, the former Abbot of St Paul Outside the Walls, Abbot Edmund Power, OSB, will help us understand what this theological virtue is, how we can embrace it as a gift, and why it makes all the difference in our attempts to remedy a ‘throw-away’ culture. The morning will include two 45 minute sessions including time for discussion, with a coffee break. Each morning will end with the celebration of Mass.

Oasis in the city – evening series

6pm 7.15pm

Antidotes to a Throwaway Culture – Conferences

The evenings include a presentation by a prominent speaker, a response, dialogue and vespers.

February 15

Adopt a non-consumeristic lifestyle – Most. Rev. Paul Tighe.

(CNS photo/Paul Haring) (March 1, 2011)

Most Rev. Paul Tighe is Secretary at the Pontifical Council for Culture.

(response by Uta Sievers)





February 22

“Speak the Truth in Love” (Eph 4:15)… in a Fake-News World – Dr. Margaret MacDonald

Dr. MacDonald, Dean of Arts, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, is currently the Visiting Professor for the McCarthy Chair in Biblical Studies, Pontifical Institute.

(response by Filipe Domingues)



March 1

Listen with the Ear of Your Heart – Abbot Primate Gregory Polan, OSB.

Abbot Gregory Polon, OSB, is the Abbot Primate of the Order of St. Benedict.

(response by Donna Orsuto)


Lenten Retreat Weekend

February 23-25

Casa D’Esercizi dei Passionisti, Rome

“Let us then throw off the works of  darkness and put on the armor of light” (Rom 13:12)

Using Romans 13:12 as a point of departure, Fr. Joseph Farrell will begin by reflecting on those things that are actually “good” to throw away and how we sometimes “throw away” what is good. Since, Romans 13:12 was also linked with St. Augustine’s Tolle Lege moment before his conversion in the Garden in Milan, the retreat will draw on some of the riches of Augustinian spirituality to consider some remedies for a Throw-Away Culture. The weekend will include moments of liturgical and private prayer, presentations, discussions, and the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Rev. Joseph Farrell, OSA is the Vicar General for the Order of St. Augustine.


For registration and information, please contact us:

The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas

Largo della Sanità Militare, 60, Roma 00184, Italia

T. +39 06 772 6761

F. +39 06 772 676 235




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