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LITTLE WAY WEEK SCHOOLS ART COMPETITION 2013

Last year we brought you news of the Little Way Week Art competition for budding school-age artists which Premier ran in partnership with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW). To see the great works of art from last year’s winners and runners up please click here.

Competition is now closed

This year we are honoured to have two famous artists to judge the competition, Nic Fiddian-Green and Stephen B. Whatley. They each share insights into their faith and work.

Stephen Whatley


Earlier this year we spoke to one of the UK's most innovative and exciting sculptors, Nic Fiddian-Green, is who is becoming well known particularly for his beguiling monumental horses' heads, displayed in public places. 'Christ Rests in Peace', an 8ft head in lead commissioned by the Bishop of Southwark Cathedral, was installed on the high altar in the Cathedral for Lent.

Christ Rests In Peace

CURRENT FEATURES ON DEMAND

FAITH MATTERS: AUTUMN SERIES


1. Traditions of Prayer from East and West

Dr Gibbons specialises in Liturgy and Eastern Christianity at the University of Oxford, is a Greek-Catholic Melkite Chaplain, and involved closely in ecumenism. He addresses the complementary traditions of prayer in east and west, with special reference to monasticism.  

Dr Gibbons

2. Prayer is Not Important...It's Essential!

Leona Roche is a young lay Catholic, working as a part-time solicitor, married for five years with a one year old daughter and with a second baby on the way. She was also involved for eight years with the Catholic charismatic prayer group for young adults called Soul Food. Her talk addresses the very real challenge of how prayer takes an integral place in busy modern lives. 

Leona Roche

3. Through a Google Glass Darkly: Finding God in the Digital Age

Fr Dermot Preston, SJ, the Provincial of the British Jesuits, explores ways prayer has been shaped by the rise of the internet. Through the lens of the spirituality of St Ignatius, he attempts to point out helps and hindrances that might be encountered by the modern pilgrim in a digital era. 

Dermot Preston

The Relics of Saint Anthony of Padua

The Relics of Saint Anthony of Padua have just toured Ireland and the UK, to mark the 750th anniversary of their discovery by Saint Bonaventure. The Relics, which are usually kept at the Basilica in Padua, were accompanied by the editor of the Messenger of Saint Anthony, Father Mario Conte, together with Greyfriars from Britain and Ireland.

Image: Courtesy of Messenger of St. Anthony magazine, Padua, Italy

Listen to Fr Mario Conte’s interview with Premier Christian Radio here:

Fr Mario

Pope Francis: Untying the Knots

Hear Paul Vallely - the first British biographer of the new Pope - chat to John Pantry. Vallely travelled to Argentina and Rome to interview the Pope’s intimates and he tracks Pope Francis’ transformation from conservative authoritarian to a humble friend to the poor. But what led to this change of heart? And does Pope Francis have what it takes to lead the church in increasingly secular times?

Paul Vallely

Does God LOL?

Father Frankie Mulgrew, son of comedian Jimmy Cricket, will have you laughing out loud throughout this interview. He's compiled the book Does God LOL?, with hilarious contributions from the likes of Jo Brand, Ken Dodd, Milton Jones, Tim Vine and more!

Fr Mulgrew




Dana meets Edmund Adamus

Edmund Adamus, the Director for Marriage and Family Life in Westminster Diocese speaks to Dana about his remit to support those preparing for marriage and married couples in the Diocese. 

Edmund Adamus




From Atheist to Catholic

Dr Holly Ordway chats to Maria Rodrigues-Toth on Premier's Woman to Woman. How did a woman who never attended a church service growing up, come to faith in later life? Hear Holly's wonderful conversion story now.

Dr Holly Ordway






Catholic Bishops’ Campaign: “Crossing the Threshold”

Catholic Bishops’ Campaign: “Crossing the Threshold” is about reaching out to non-church-going Catholics in England and Wales. Listen below to the testimony of David and Shirley, courtesy of the Home Mission Department, CBCEW.

Click here to read more in 'Church project reaches out to lapsed Catholics'

Click here to find out more on the Back to Church scheme

David and Shirley, from Liverpool, share their faith story for the initiative “Crossing the Threshold”.  In this series we hear from former non-church-going (lapsed) Catholics who have now returned to the practice of their faith. With thanks to faithcafé.org for producing the film and to the Bishops’ Conference for their kind permission to share this with the audience of Premier Christian Media. 


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Phil Sparke from HCPT 

As part of Premier’s programming on the theme of Disability and Church, we are delighted to have spoken with Phil Sparke, CEO of the HCPT Pilgrimage Trust. HCPT takes over 7000 people - including 2000 children - to Lourdes every year from the faith and wider community. Everyone is welcome to join in, whatever their age or ability. A good number of the children have disabilities, social or emotional needs. They are all supported by volunteer helpers, who provide one to one care and friendship throughout the week in Lourdes.

Phil Sparke

Loneliness

Dr Liam Waldron has researched and written about the scandal of loneliness and isolation among people with disabilities, elderly people and those at a social and economic disadvantage generally. He works in areas related to widening educational access and practical theology and engages in promoting community cohesion through focusing on fostering communities of 'belonging' which brings us beyond mere 'inclusion'.   He is an associate of the Kairos Forum and also chairman of Welcoming Church Forum, an ecumenical Aberdeen-based group which works with churches who wish to reach out the hand of friendship to people with disabilities. 

Dr Waldron

Marcel Schreur: A lost fortune & hidden gift

Marcel Schreur, known in the art world as MAS.S, was a hard-hearted man who just wanted to make his millions. But then he got cancer and lost it all. Hear his remarkable story about finding faith, defeating death and discovering his new "gift". In his late 40s, Marcel picked up a paint brush for the first time. Now, just two years later, his art work is exhibited internationally. 

Marcel Schreur

FORTHCOMING PROGRAMMES

Listen live to Premier Christian Radio

To listen to Premier Christian Radio live online at any time, click here or the button to the right.

Tapestry of Faith with Ged Clapson // Saturdays at 2pm

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Dana and Friends // Sundays at 7pm

The Wisdom of Fr Groeschel // Sundays at 9pm

Catholic Commentary // online

Father James Cassidy is Ecumenical Officer for the Catholic Diocese of Northampton. Listen below to his weekly roundup of key stories in the Catholic press.

Father James

YOUTH FEATURES

Theatre on the R!SE

R!SE Theatre is a dynamic community-interest company creating original drama and running innovative workshops across the UK. They are passionate about inspiring people of all ages and abilities. Here actor John Bosco recounts how R!SE is bringing the good news to people around the UK.

Rise



Top Tips for Online Safety

Find out how you can protect your young ones online by reading our Top Ten Tips for internet safety.





CNMAC 2013

The Christian New Media Awards & Conference 2013 is here! You can hear from over 25 expert speakers the Conference during the day on 9 November, moving to a bigger venue for the 2nd consecutive year. 15 websites, blogs and projects will be recognised nationally and win some great prizes in our Awards in the evening. You can book your Conference tickets here or enter the Awards here.

WORLD YOUTH DAY RIO 2013

World Youth Day UK Pilgrims

Paula Mendes, Jo Anne Rowney co-authors of Inspiring Generations book on World Youth Day, join Dave Rose with Paschal Uche, Catherine Andersen, Peter D Williams to speak about why World Youth Day is important to them and why some of them are going to WYD 2013 in Rio! -

Inspiring Generations


Archbishop Peter Smith

We were delighted to welcome to Premier - for the first time - His Grace Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark, Vice-President of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and, since 1998, Chairman of the Department of Christian Responsibility & Citizenship of the Bishops' Conference. Archbishop Peter talks to us about his family, his priestly vocation and his journey to becoming an Archbishop. He discusses some of the challenges and joys the Church faces, as well as the hope expressed through the witness of young people attending World Youth Day in Rio this weekend.

Archbishop Peter Smith

To access more on World Youth Day 2013 click here.

RECENT FEATURES

Apostolic Blessing for Premier

From the Vatican, Secretariat of State 17 May 2013:

“His Holiness Pope Francis has asked me to express his gratitude for the kind message of good wishes which you sent to him on behalf of Premier Christian Media following his election to the See of Peter. With appreciation for this gesture and the respectful sentiments that prompted it, His Holiness cordially invokes upon you and your colleagues God’s blessing of joy and peace.”



National Catholic Safeguarding Commission

'Variable' is how the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission is describing progress in preventing sexual abuse within the church. The independent body's just launched its annual report which says the greatest progress has been made in supporting safeguarding members of religious orders. Listen to the Premier News report here


Strictly Ann

Ann Widdecombe lived life in the political spotlight as an outspoken Conservative MP until her retirement in 2010. She tells Justin Brierley how her faith journey led her towards the Catholic church, about her passion for pro-life issues and meeting spiritual hero John Paul II. Anne Widdecombe's new autobiography Strictly Ann is out now.

Ann Widdecombe



The Pope's Astronomer

Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J. is the lead astronomer for Pope Francis. Listen to this interview in which he gives Premier's Justin Brierley an insight to life in the Vatican, what his work actually entails, faith and science, and his own personal story. Author of The Heavens Proclaim, he shares with us how he even has an asteroid named after him!

Brother Guy



Apostleship of the Sea

John Green (Director) and Marian Davey (Port Chaplain) talk about the work and vision of Apostleship of the Sea. With Sea Sunday on 14 July, learn about the work of the Catholic Church in this mission, supporting those who are a long way from home. From personal hardships to piracy, learn about the lives of those at sea. 

AOS

SVP – Celebrating the bicentenary

Long-time volunteers Sr Maria Parcher, spiritual advisor to the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) and Adrian Abel, UK President of SVP, talk about one of the largest voluntary organisations in the world: about one million hours of volunteering in one year, with work inspired by St Vincent de Paul’s spirituality and Blessed Frédéric Ozanam.

SVP bicentenary



Blue Apple

Blue Apple Theatre enables adult performers with learning disabilities to present high quality productions to the widest possible audiences – including parliament! Through engaging performances the company seeks to challenge prejudice. We are particularly pleased that founder and director Jane Jessop spoke to Dave Rose about Blue Apple's inspiration.

Blue Apple


Prisoners, Families, Communities: A Fresh Start Together

Every year, churches up and down the country mark Prisoners' Sunday - a day for you to think about, pray for and act for all those affected by imprisonment. Last November, Premier marked Prisoners' Sunday with a short documentary about the work Pact is doing through the Basic Caring Communities resettlement scheme (“BaCC”) and visited Brixton Prison, where the scheme operates. 

Prison Sunday documentary

Maggie Rich on Prison Sunday

PAST FEATURES

To access a large archive of past features and interviews please visit our Year of Faith page.



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