Past Speakers

Some of our most notable past-speakers:
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • G.K. Chesterton
  • Hilaire Belloc
  • Evelyn Waugh
  • Friedrich von Húgel
  • Ronald Knox
  • Martin d'Arcy
  • Alec Guinness
  • Arthur Michael Ramsey
  • John Finnis
  • Rowan Williams
  • Cardinal William Godfrey
  • Karl Rahner
  • Malcolm Muggeridge
  • Lord Longford
  • Immanuel Jakobovits
  • William Rees-Mogg
  • Hans Adolf Krebs
  • Richard Southern
  • Herbert McCabe
  • Cardinal George Pell
  • Thomas Weinandy
  • Baroness Patricia Scotland, Attorney General 
  • Aidan Nichols
  • Geza Vermes in debate with Henry Wansbrough
  • Ann Widdecombe MP
  • Anthony Kenny
  • Baroness Williams of Crosby (Shirley Williams)
  • 15th Duke of Norfolk
  • 17th Duke of Norfolk
  • 18th Duke of Norfolk

And in recent terms:

Academic Year 2009 - 2010

The Rev. Fr. James Pierero (Opus Dei), 'Reflections on the Beatification of John Henry Newman: An Historical Perspective'

The Very Rev. Richard Duffield, CongOrat (Postulator of Newman's Cause and Past-President), 'Preparing for the Beatification of John Henry Newman'

His Eminence Sean Cardinal Brady (Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland), 'The Challanges facing the Irish Church in the Twenty-First Century'

The Rev. Fr. Antoni Uccrler, SJ, 'Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of MAtteo Ricci: Missionary and Scholar in the Middle Kingdom'

Mr. Damian Thompson (Blogs Editor of the Daily Telegraph), 'Universtanding the Relationship Between the Church and the Media'

The Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin (Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland)

Meeting with The Most Rev. Vencent Nichols (Archbishop of Westminster)

The Rev. Fr. Jerry Hughes SJ and The Rev. Fr. Philip Endean SJ, 'What is the Point of Being a Jesuit Today?'

Mr. Charles Moore (Former Editor, Telegraph and Speactator), 'The role of the Church in modern British society'

The Most Rev. Timothy Radcliffe, OP (Former Master of the Dominicans), 'Being a Christian in the twenty-first century'

Viscountess Asquith (Shakespeare scholar) 'Catholic readings behind Shakespeare's 'Titus Andronicus''

Dom Anthony Sutch, OSB (Former Headmaster of Downside), 'Catholic education in schools today'

Dr. Andrew Burnham, SSC (Anglican Bishop of Ebbsfleet), 'Coming Over to Rome - Realising 'Anglicanorum Coetibus''

The Rev. Fr. Timothy Finnigan (Southwark Diocese, Past-President), after dinner speech

The Rt. Hon. Paul Murphy, MP (Former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland), 'Catholicism and the Northern Ireland Peace Process'

Fr. Thomas Crean OP, 'Incoherances of Atheism'

Fr. Roger Dawson SJ (Junior Chaplain), 'Challenges to young Catholics'

Miss Kathryn Barush (Wadham College), 'Pilgrims, Prophets, Painters: Art and religion in early nineteenth century England'

Dr. Helen Watt (Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics), 'A Catholic response to abortion'

Rt. Rev. Dom Aidan Bellenger OSB (Abbot of Downside), after-dinner speech

Dr. Sheridan Gilley (Durham University), 'Newman and the crisis of Capitalism'

Rt. Rev. John Arnold (Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster) in conversation with Dr. Evan Harris MP (Member of Parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon), 'Christianity and the British constitution'

Mr. Yaqoob Bangash (Keble College), 'Christianity in India'

Academic Year 2008 - 2009

Rev. Dr. Alcuin Reid (Liturgical Scholar), 'Benedict XVI's Summorum Pontificum: One year on'

Rev. Dr. Ian Ker (Oxford University), 'Newman, Vatican II and the English Church today'

Lord Alton of Liverpool, 'A Culture of Life vs a Culture of Death'

Rt. Rev. Hugh Allen OPraem (Norbetine Prior), After dinner speech

Rt. Rev. Patrick O'Donohue (Bishop of Lancaster), 'Fit for Mission: Church'

Baroness Julia Cumberlege (Chairman of the Cumberlege Commission), 'Safeguarding with Confidence'

His Eminence George Cardinal Pell (Archbishop of Sydney), 'Varieties of Intolorance: Religious and Secular' and After dinner speech

Rev. Jonathan Baker (Principal of Pusey House), 'A Benedictine theology'

Rev. Edward Clare (Vocations Director, Archdiocese of Birmingham), 'Is there a vocations crisis'

Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali (Anglican Bishop of Rochester), 'The nature and future of the Anglican Communion'

His Excellency Francis Campbell (British Ambassador to the Holy See), 'Faith and Foreign Policty: A perspective from the Vatican'

Sr. Judith Lancaster, SHCJ, (Cherwell Centre), 'Cornelia Connelly and the role of women in the Church'

Rev. Andrew Wadsworth (Chaplain of Harrow & designate Executive Secretary of ICEL), 'The challenge of contemporary youth culture'

Archbishop Angelos (Coptic Orthodox Church), After dinner speech

Academic Year 2007 - 2008

Baroness Patricia Scotland (Attorney General of England and Wales), After dinner speech

Ms Oona Stannard (Catholic Education Service), 'Catholic Education'

Rev James Hanvey SJ (Heythrop College), 'Surfing on Dover Beach: Catholicism and Secularisation'

Rev Martin Newell CP (Catholic Workers Movement), 'Catholic Radicalism: Dorothy Day and the Catholic Workers Movement'

Canon Gregory Cameron (CofE Deputy General Secretary of Ecumenical Affairs), 'The Changing face of Anglican - Roman Catholic Dialogue'

Sr Amada MC (Regional Superior, Missionaries of Charity), 'The Message of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta'

Rev Michael Seed SA (Ecumenical Advisor to Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor), 'St Francis of Assisi: Outdated and Impractical?'

Rt Hon John Gummer MP (Former Chairman of the Conservative Party), 'On being a Catholic politician'

HRH The Duchess of Kent, Guest-of-honour at the 130th anniversary dinner

Rev John Zuhlsdorf, Rev John Hunwicke, Dr Matthew Doyle, Br Lawrence Lew OP, Colloquium on 'Blogging and the Church'

Mr Peter Sefton-Williams (Chairman, Aid to the Church in Need), 'The Hierarchy of Suffering: Setting Priorities for an International Catholic Charity'

Rev Timothy Finnegan - Past-President (Archdiocese of Southwark), 'Humanae Vitae: 40 years on'

Rev Rupert McHardy CongOrat (London Oratory), St Philip Neri and the Oratory

Rev Nicholas Schofield (Archivist, Archdiocese of Westminster), 'Oxford�s Cardinals: From Robert Puller to George Pell'

Mr Julian Chadwick (Chairman, Latin Mass Society), After dinner speech

Rev Prof John Saward (Oxford University), 'The Permanence of the Sacred: Reflections on Summorum Pontificum'

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