Friends of Sophia conferences are a unique blend of academic conference, arts event and retreat.
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The Friends of Sophia Seventh Annual Conference

Saturday 18 May 2024, 10.30am to 5.30pm
St Dominic’s Priory
The Rosary Shrine
Southampton Road
London NW5 4LB

In a unique blend of academic study, retreat and the art of movement, today’s conference invites us both to understand and experience the profound connection between the Virgin Mary, healing and wisdom.

“In an age of tribalism and silo thinking in society and sometimes in the churches, the Friends of Sophia boldly draws on the forgotten Biblical figure of Wisdom, who joins together heaven and earth and humankind. Celebrating the fullness of graced human knowing through the interconnection of sciences, humanities, art, spirituality and psychology… a new departure and a healing beginning for difficult times.” - Timothy Radcliffe, 2023
Timothy Radcliffe is a distinguished preacher and writer of the Catholic Dominican Order. His books include Alive in God: A Christian Imagination (Bloomsbury, 2019).

Margaret Barker
– Wisdom in the book of Sirach (Ecclesiasticus)
Reza Shah-Kazemi – Sacred Femininity in the Abrahamic family
Fr Dominic White – Wisdom and Mary
Julienne McLean – The Journey of Christian Healing and Counselling
Tom Bree – Rosary labyrinth in the Lady Chapel: Incarnational Prayer

10.30 am - Registration & coffee
11.00 am - Fr Dominic White OP, St Dominic’s, London and Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge: Wisdom, Mary and Healing
Short break
12 noon - Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi, Ismaili Institute, London: The Virgin Mary in the Abrahamic Family
1.00 pm - Lunch, local cafes, Hampstead Heath or in hall.
2.00 pm - Tom Bree: Rosary Labyrinth in Lady Chapel
3.00 pm - Julienne McLean, spiritual writer and psychotherapist, in conversation with Fr Dominic: The Journey of Christian Healing and Counselling
3.45 pm - Tea break
4.00 pm - Dr Margaret Barker, Biblical Scholar: Wisdom in the Book of Sirach (Ecclesiasticus)

Participants are welcome to join St Dominic’s Parish for any of the following services in the Church:
5.00 pm - Eucharistic Adoration (Confession also available)
6.00 pm - Sung Mass
7.00 pm - Eucharistic Healing Procession with Rosary

£45 - Full Day Ticket
£20 - Concession

(Please note that the prices
include the booking fee)
The Friends of Sophia is a collaborative, international project of people united by a common search for Sophia, Wisdom. We are rooted in a Christian centre, from which we engage in conversation with other spiritualities and faith traditions. Our approach is strongly holistic, involving the body and the performing arts as well as the intellect.

Also in collaboration with the centre for initiatives in Spirituality and Reconciliation (InSpiRe) at St Mary’s University, Twickenham ( and the Dominican Order of Preachers

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