Bar Convent Symposium

The Bar Convent York is delighted to announce a special one-day symposium to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the convent chapel, first opened on 27th April 1769. Four papers will present different aspects of the chapel’s history at the Bar Convent on Friday 26th April 2019, including Professor Bill Sheils (York), Dr Jan Graffius (Stonyhurst), Professor Maurice Whitehead (Venerable English College) and Professor Deirdre Raftery (UCD).

Secrecy and Sanctity: 250 Years of the Bar Convent Chapel
Friday 26th April 2019, 10am‒4.30pm

The Bar Convent, 17 Blossom Street, York
Professor Bill Sheils: The Community’s Chapel in the Community: the Bar Convent and the people of York and beyond

Dr. Jan Graffius:‘Neat & Rich’: Vestments, Relics and Silver from the Bar Convent and the wider English Recusant Community

Professor Maurice Whitehead: Opening a Convent Chapel in Troubled Times: the Conclave of 1769 and its International Repercussions

Professor Deirdre Raftery: Writing Women Religious into History: Mary Ward’s Irish Daughters, from M. Teresa Ball to M. Michael Corcoran

Booking closes on 8th March 2019.

The day will cost £25pp, including refreshments, lunch and exhibition entrance – book your place by calling 01904 643238. 

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