CATHOLIC Herald columnist Ronald Rolheiser, who this week was awarded a prestigious literary award, is to give a public lecture in July in central London. Fr Rolheiser, who teaches at Newman Theological College, Alberta, Canada, and who has attracted a nationwide following with his weekly column in the Catholic Herald, is to take as his theme "Erosion of Hope and its Recovery: The Agenda for Today". He will be introduced by another Herald writer, Delia Smith, and there will be an open discussion with these two leading Christian authors after Fr Rolheiser's talk.
The event, jointly sponsored
by the Catholic Herald and Fr Rolheiser's publishers, the Spire division of Hodder and Stoughton, will take place at Westminster Cathedral Conference Centre at 7 pm on Thursday July 19. That day will see the publication by Spire of a collection of Fr Rolheiser's writings, Forgotten Among the Lilies.
Tickets are available from Spire Books, Hodder and Stoughton, 47 Bedford Square, London WCIB 3DP. A booking fee of £1 per ticket will cover admission. Numbers are limited, so please book in advance, making your cheques or postal orders payable to Hodder and Stoughton.
Fr Rolheiser's first book, The Restless Heart, published last year by Spire, has been awarded the biennial Winifred Mary Stanford Christian book prize. The £1,000 award was decided by a panel of judges made up of Jim Thompson, Anglican Bishop of Stepney, Richard Holloway, Scottish Episcopalian Bishop of Edinburgh and Baroness Cox. The award was Founded in 1976 by former publisher Leonard Cutts in memory of his wife.
Other shortlisted titles included Delia Smith's Journey into • God, serialised in the Catholic Herald at the time of its publication.