The Faith & Culture links

a selection of Catholic and other Links

Apologetics | Art | Blogs | Booksellers | Catholic Social Teaching | Communities | History | Inklings | Institutions | Inter-Faith | Key Figures | Liturgical | Magazines and Journals  | Marian | Movements & Networks | Philosophy | New Feminism and Pro-Life  | Publishers | The Popes | Religious Orders | Science & Ecology | Supersites  | Theology & Biblical Studies  | Sex and Theology of the Body | Some favourite non-religious sites


The following recommended links are listed as a resource for our readers. Links are carefully selected, but in the nature of things we cannot review every aspect of each site, so that all recommendations must be regarded as provisional. If any of our readers notices a broken link, or inappropriate content, please be so good as to inform us and we will revise our information. Email [email protected]

For the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, go to

The Pontifical Council for Culture

For Catholic Studies in England, see Maryvale Institute 

To study at the John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family, see Degree Programs

For the online resources of the Catholic Church go to the Bishops Conference of England and Wales 
and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 

Art Jericho: Oxford's newest art gallery, downstairs from the Centre for Faith and Culture.

Aleteia: a worldwide collaborative online network that brings together active members and over a thousand partner institutions with the aim of answering questions about faith, life, and society.




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Aleteia network
Online multimedia portal with scope for asking questions

A vast array of miscellaneous resources, books (some free!) and links.

Catholic Educator's Resource Center
"The purpose of The Catholic Educator's Resource Center is to identify existing resources and to develop new resources which effectively communicate the power and beauty of Catholic faith and culture and to make these resources readily available for Catholic educators. Such resources should reflect criteria of interpretation consistent with the Catholic faith and the social and moral teachings of the Church."
The ultimate Catholic Links site, available in both Spanish and English, Catolicos .org offers a truly exhaustive set of links not only to Western Catholic sites but to Byzantine, Melkite, Maronite, Syrian, Russian and Ukrainian Catholic sites.

Christendom Awake!
Dedicated to Aidan Nichols' important book of the same name, Christendom Awake is an excellent site produced by Mark Alder and Donal Foley to promote the re-Christianisation of society and culture. Includes a number of articles by Aidan Nichols which are otherwise difficult to obtain. This site is particularly recommended because of its close links with our own. It contains numerous articles by writers closely associated with the Centre for Faith & Culture.

Cybermonk's CatholicNet
For the Church the new world of cyberspace is a summons to the great adventure of using its potential to proclaim the Gospel message. This challenge is at the heart of what it means to follow the Lord's command to "put out into the deep."
(Luke 5:4)
Mother Angelica's 'Eternal Word TV Network', which includes a range of broadcast services and an extensive library of documents and texts.

Ignitum Today
For the JP2 and B16 generations.

New Advent
The 'Catholic Encyclopedia' online – an indispensable resource!

Theology Library
Theology Library at Spring Hill College – a massive collection of over 8000 links.

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Blackfriars Hall, Oxford
Blackfriars is a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford run by the English Dominican Friars, offering both men and women access to the wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in the university, as well as a centre which welcomes visiting students from overseas and provides ordination courses in philosophy, theology and pastoral practice.

C.S. Lewis Foundation
Christians from all walks of life, including most especially those called to serve as professors on our mainstream university and college campuses, cannot engage secular culture in healthy debate and dialogue unless they themselves are adequately prepared and supported.... In an effort to both challenge and feed the thousands of often isolated, alienated, and weary Christian faculty serving within the world of higher education, as well as the church at large, the C. S. Lewis Foundation offers a variety of programs and opportunities designed to both enlighten the mind and minister to the spirit.

'CAFOD is a major British charity that has been fighting third world poverty since 1962. We believe that all human beings have a right to dignity and respect and that the world's resources are a gift to be shared by all men and women, whatever their race, nationality or religion.'

Casa Balthasar
The goal of the Lubac-Balthasar-Speyr Association is to make known (especially among young adults) the unitary figure and work of Henri de Lubac, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Adrienne von Speyr, and to promote the study of these authors and a personal following of Christ in a life coherent with the Gospel message.

The Catherine of Siena Institute
The Catherine of Siena Institute is a program of the Western Dominican Province dedicated to equipping parishes for the formation of lay Catholics for their mission in the world. At the Catherine of Siena Institute, we provide innovative programs, resources, and leadership training that are faithful to Church teaching and will enable your parish to become a dynamic center of lay formation and mission. Our web site also offers resources to assist you in fulfilling your personal mission.

Catholic Agency for Support of Evangelisation
The Catholic Agency for Support of Evangelisation: a new agency with an interest in faith and culture, created by the Bishops Conference on England and Wales in April 2004

Catholic Marriage Centre
This Centre is a Christian residential Centre, open to Christian couples of all denominations, who are seeking wholeness in their marriage through teaching, counselling and healing prayer. We offer a variety of courses to suit all needs: including marriage preparation, enrichment and the healing of broken marriages. These are run by Tony and Betty Dady, a married couple, qualified in Christian counselling and spiritual direction. This is the only residential Centre of its kind in the United Kingdom.

Catholic Studies Program (The University of St. Thomas)
The Department of Catholic Studies offers undergraduate students an interdisciplinary set of courses designed to immerse them in the Catholic intellectual tradition in its fullness. Through this program, the broad and diverse expressions of Catholic culture come alive for students. While grounded in Catholic philosophy and theology, the Program engages students with the imaginative and sacramental expressions of Catholic life in literature, the arts, social systems, and personal experience. Its interdisciplinary dimension and range of electives give students insight into the Church's dynamic interaction with and interpenetration of cultures, tradition, and intellectual life throughout history.

Catholic Union of Great Britain
The Catholic Union of Great Britain is an association of the Catholic laity in England, Wales and Scotland. Its purpose is to promote Christian standpoint in public affairs,: through the intervention of its members who belong to the two Houses of Parliament, and through the formation of expert opinions which are presented to Government as Submissions.

Center for Catholic Studies (Seton Hall University)
The Center for Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University is dedicated to dialogue between the Catholic tradition and all areas of contemporary culture. Besides running programs and seminars on faith and culture for faculty, students and the wider public, it also includes the Seton Hall Institute on Work which seeks to study and to positively influence efforts to humanize the worlds of economics and work. The center also includes the Chesterton Institute with its prestigious Chesterton Review.

The Centre for Cultural Renewal
The Centre for Cultural Renewal (formerly Centre for Renewal in Public Policy) is an independent, not-for-profit, charitable organization that helps Canadians and their leaders shape a vision of civil society. To this end, we focus on the important and often complex connections between public policy, culture, moral discourse and religious belief, and produce discussion papers, forums and lectures on key issues affecting Canadian society, public policy and culture.

The Centre of Theology and Philosophy
At the University of Nottingham – the new home of Radical Orthodoxy.

Council for Research in Values & Philosophy
'The goal of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (CRVP) is to promote philosophical team research that draws upon the cultural resources of the peoples of the world and applies them for human progress in these times.

The Faith and Reason Institute
For the study of religion and culture, founded by Robert Royal.

The Inch House Irish Studies Centre

The International Academy of Philosophy
Having as its motto 'To love all truth and to love it in everything', the IAP is dedicated to the spiritual and intellectual renewal of the West through 'true philosophy' – particularly phenomenological realism and personalism – amounting to 'a modern and dynamic form of Philosophia Perennis'.

International Centre of Newman Friends
The International Centre of Newman Friends was founded in 1975 by The Spiritual Family The Work and is present in Italy (Rome), England (Littlemore, Oxford), Austria (Bregenz) and Hungary (Budapest). It seeks to make the life, spirituality and thought of John Henry Cardinal Newman known, to promote the study and veneration of Newman as a shining example for Christian life, scholarship and holiness. It offers centres of authentic faith, with a special ecumenical commitment inspired by Newman and by the Second Vatican Council.

International Centre for Newman Studies
An Academic Research Centre of University College Dublin in Partnership with the Newman Foundation of Ireland.

The International Institute for Culture
The International Institute for Culture is a non-profit educational and research center which seeks to promote international understanding through cultural means. Started in 1989 in response to the Holy Father's call for the re-evangelization of culture, the International Institute for Culture (IIC) is engaged in international conferences, language and cultural programs, lectures series, educational seminars, art exhibits and musical performances which reflect the rich cultural heritage of the Catholic Church and which may serve to bring people to the Person of Jesus Christ.

The International Theological Institute
The International Theological Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, established by the will of Pope John Paul II, is a Papal Institute for the study of Catholic theology as a unified whole. Within that whole, particular attention is devoted to the theme of marriage and the family. The ITI operates a joint programme with the Centre for Faith & Culture in Oxford.

The John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family (Aus)
The John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family opened in July 2001 under the auspices of the Melbourne Archdiocese. The Minister for Education and Training (Victoria) recently accredited the Institute as a higher education provider authorized to conduct its several graduate diploma and degree courses. The Institute works in close collaboration with the worldwide Pontifical Institute and hopes soon to be fully integrated into it as a 'session'. From its inception it has also enjoyed a collaborative arrangement with the University of Notre Dame, Perth.

The John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family (USA)
A longtime philosopher-friend of Karol Wojtyla once said that Wojtyla had always been occupied with understanding the human person in terms of love. The mission of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute, in a profound sense, begins here, in this abiding conviction of the Holy Father that love reveals the meaning of the person and, through the person, of all 'flesh' the whole of creation (cf. Familiaris consortio, 11; Redemptor hominis, 10; Dominum et vivificantem, 50).

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre
The Anscombe Centre is a Roman Catholic academic institute that engages with the moral questions arising in clinical practice and biomedical research. It brings to bear on those questions principles of natural law, virtue ethics, and the teaching of the Catholic Church, and seeks to develop the implications of that teaching for emerging fields of practice.

Lumen Christi Insitute
The Lumen Christi Institute promotes intellectual (including scientific) work in so far as this relates to Catholic civilisation.

Maryvale Institute
Maryvale Institute specialises in part-time and distance learning courses in Theology, Religious Education and Catechesis. Focusing especially on adults – teachers, catechists, lay people, religious and clergy – this Institute is the first in the United Kingdom to offer courses in Catholic Theology on the Open University model with short residential schools.

Ogilvie Institute
The Ogilvie Institute is a new foundation of the Catholic Diocese of Aberdeen that will specialise in part-time and distance-learning courses of religious education and formation, catechesis and theology for adults, initially at least in the Diocese of Aberdeen and neighbouring dioceses in Scotland.

St Paul Center for Biblical Theology
Scott Hahn's site providing courses and resources to promote 'reading the Bible from the Heart of the Church'.

The Salesian Centre for Faith & Culture
The interdisciplinary mission of the Salesian Center is to promote the interaction of faith and culture, in a mutually beneficial engagement, through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values, an integration which has been embodied in the lives of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal and continues to be expressed in the tradition of Christian Humanism.

Society of St Catherine of Siena
The Society of St. Catherine of Siena is committed to the renewal of the intellectual apostolate in the Roman Catholic Church and has an association with the English Province of the Order of Preachers.

The Society of Catholic Social Scientists
The purpose of this organization is to bring Catholic scholars, professors, teachers, researchers, practitioners, writers, and others in the social sciences and related disciplines into association to produce objective knowledge and analysis about the political, social, and economic orders which can assist the Catholic Church in fulfilling her various apostolic efforts, and which can bring the Church's social and other teaching and the Natural Law to bear on addressing the challenges and problems of modern culture.

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts
The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts is committed to the proposition that the love of wisdom is necessary for a truly humane life.  In every class, both students and teachers consider together the master works of Western civilization.  Their consideration is a response to the summons that classical works issue across time. ...It is a summons to awake the soul. ...It is an invitation to move away, for a time, from the distractions of our busy world to a place which is ordered toward conversation and contemplation

Edith Stein Institute
The Institute of Philosophy Edith Stein of the Archdioceses of Granada was established to offer a space of love for wisdom ("philosophy") provoking thought, within the Sacred Tradition of the Church, and therefore, in light of the Christian event, about reality and its significance.


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The Popes

Papal encyclicals
Official Vatican site



All Things Made New (Stratford Caldecott)
Beauty-in-Education (Stratford Caldecott)
The Economy project (Stratford Caldecott)
Bard School
CTS Catholic Compass
Chesterton Society (UK)
Daniel Mitsui
David Clayton
Distributist Review
Duhem Society
First Thoughts
Ignitum Today
The Imaginative Conservative
John Whitehead
Malcolm Guite
New Liturgical Movement
Nouvelle Theologie
Sophie Caldecott
Stephen Milne
Sublunary Sublime
Vox Nova
Vultus Christi (Fr Mark Daniel Kirby)


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Magazines and Journals

Anamnesis is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, academic journal dedicated to the study of Tradition, Place, and ‘Things Divine.’

Caelum et Terra
Website of the sadly defunct journal of the same name which 'created a group of Catholics self-identified as 'Caelum Et Terra' types, who continue the dialogue begun by the editors of the journal. This dialogue goes on in the list created by Catholic Worker Robert Waldrop and in occasional newsletters. ... As most of the discussion goes on these days by word of mouth, we feel it appropriate to title it The Conversation'.

Catholic Answers
A magazine of apologetics

The Chesterton Review
Edited by Ian Boyd, the Review is devoted to exploring the life and work of one of the twentieth century's most original thinkers – G.K. Chesterton. Past issues have also explored the work of writers like C.S. Lewis, Christopher Dawson, Charles Dickens, and George Grant, who share something of the Chestertonian romance with "orthodoxy." Elegantly produced, the Chesterton Review is one of the most prestigious literary and cultural quarterlies published today. For the UK distributor, go to Continuum Journals.

The Christian Century
"Thinking critically. Living faithfully."

The Clarion Review
A lively humanistic review of contemporary cultural issues. Through essays, opinion pieces, book reviews, fiction, and poetry the focus is on what it means to live in and as a body.

Commmunio is at the centre of theological renewal in 'creative fidelity' to the Church. It stands for the advancement of theology in continuity with Vatican II, for the continuing dialogue of all believers of past and present 'as if all were simultaneously in the circle'. Part of the purpose of Communio has been to try to overcome the polarization between 'modernists' and 'traditionalists' in the Church, by offering a central forum where there may be both reconciliation and creativity. Communio is part of an international family of Catholic theological periodicals spanning twelve languages – making a unique contribution to contemporary theological understanding and inter-communication.'

Dappled Things
A literary magazine (online and in print) dedicated to providing a space for emerging writers to engage the literary world from a Catholic perspective.

Faith Magazine
A pastoral and theological review. A new synthesis of science and religion centred on Jesus Christ

Gilbert! Magazine
Gilbert! Magazine is focused on the G.K. Chesterton approach to today's issues, questions, and interests. We feature the widest possible variety of presentations and interpretations of Chesterton (short of deviltry).

A review of anthropology and Christian culture from the Pontifical University of Chile, now online in English.

Humanum Review
Issues in Family, Culture & Science - The (free) quarterly online review of the Center for Cultural & Pastoral Research at the John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family, edited by Stratford Caldecott.

Ignatius Insight and the Insight Scoop weblog are online resources of Ignatius Press and are meant to assist readers who wish to learn more about the Catholic Church and her teachings, beliefs, practices, and history.

Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion
Image, one of America's leading literary and arts quarterlies, explores the relationship between Judeo-Christian faith and art through contemporary fiction, poetry, painting, sculpture, architecture, film, music, and dance. Each issue also features interviews, memoirs, and essays.

Inside the Vatican
'This is the web site of the world's most well-informed and comprehensive monthly magazine on what is going on 'Inside The Vatican', at the heart of the Roman Catholic Church. Produced by journalists and scholars with many decades of experience reporting from Rome, 'Inside The Vatican' attempts to 'think with the Church' (sentire cum ecclesia) but is not an official Church publication. This magazine is Catholic but editorially independent of any faction or interest group, in or outside of the Church.'

The Journal of Inklings Studies
Peer reviewed forum for rigorous academic engagement with the thought of Lewis and his intellectual and literary peers and forebears, in theology, philosophy, and literary studies.

Contemporary new traditional architecture and urbanism.

A French-language equivalent of Second Spring.

Letter and Spirit
Published by Scott Hahn's St Paul Center for Biblical Theology. A journal that unites the best contemporary biblical scholarship with a Catholic commitment to patristic traditions of typlogical/allegorical methods of exegesis.

'Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture is an interdisciplinary quarterly committed to exploring the beauty, truth, and vitality of Christianity, particularly as it is rooted in and shaped by Catholicism. We seek a readership that extends beyond the academy, and welcome submissions in literature, philosophy, theology, the natural and social sciences, art, music, public policy, and the professions.'

Mars Hill Audio
Mars Hill Audio is committed to assisting Christians who desire to move from thoughtless consumption of contemporary culture to a vantage point of thoughtful engagement. We believe that fulfilling the commands to love God and neighbor requires that we pay careful attention to the neighborhood: that is, every sphere of human life where God is either glorified or despised, where neighbors are either edified or undermined.

Mars Hill Review
Mars Hill Review reveals Christ within the stories of our everyday lives. We commission full length essays from provocative thinkers, conduct in-depth studies of issues having theological import and interview leading-edge writers, teachers and artists. Our journal also features original fiction, nonfiction, poetry and critical reviews of film, books, music and other texts that remind us of God. Each issue is over 200 pages and is published three times each year.

Oasis is the website of the journal founded by Cardinal Angelo Scola, Patriarch of Venice, in association with his Studium Generale Marcianum, whose purpose is partly to meet the cultural thirst of Christians living in Muslim countries, and to favour an organic theological-cultural exchange and communion between Christians and others in Europe and the Middle East, the Far East and Africa. It is hoped that the journal will also help the baptized living in traditionally Christian countries to meet with Muslims and people of other faiths who now live among them in much greater numbers than previously.

The Other Journal
The Other Journal is an online publication seeking to understand the intersection of theology and culture.

The Portal
A free online monthly for members and friends of the Anglican Ordinariate, covering news, Catholic teaching, Christian history and culture.

Public Discourse
Public Discourse is an online publication of the Witherspoon Institute that seeks to enhance the public understanding of the moral foundations of free societies by making the scholarship of the fellows and affiliated scholars of the Institute available and accessible to a general audience.

St Austin Review
A fellow faith and culture magazine edited by Joseph Pearce and published from Ave Maria University

The Tablet
The leading Catholic weekly in the UK.

Touchstone 'is a Christian journal, conservative in doctrine and eclectic in content, with editors and readers from each of the three great divisions of Christendom-Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox. The mission of the journal and of its publisher, the Fellowship of St. James, is to provide a place where Christians of various backgrounds can speak with one another on the basis of shared belief in the fundamental doctrines of the faith as revealed in Holy Scripture and summarized in the ancient creeds of the Church'.

The Communio & Liberation International Magazine.

The University Concourse
Online archives of the magazine published between 1996 and 2002 for and by members of Franciscan University of Steubenville.



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Angelico Press
Angelico Press publishes books that share the riches of Catholic intellectual, cultural, and spiritual life.

Sophia Institute Press
The mission of Sophia Institute is to nurture the spiritual, moral, and cultural life of souls and to spread the Gospel of Christ in conformity with the teachings of the magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church

Ignatius Press
Ignatius Press publish a wide range of books of a theological and spiritual character, including a wide selection of works by Hans Urs von Balthasar, Henri de Lubac and Cardinal Josef Ratzinger. They are also in the midst of producing a multi-volume 'Collected Works' of G.K. Chesterton, as well as a number of journals and magazines, CD-Roms, and educational & catechetical material.

Ignatius Press books are distributed in the UK by Gracewing

Gracewing Publishing

Ad Solem
An international publisher focusing issues related to faith and culture.

Founded in 1911 and still independently owned, Eerdmans Publishing Company has long been known for publishing a wide range of religious books, from academic works in theology, biblical studies, religious history, and reference to popular titles in spirituality, social and cultural criticism, and literature.

Bethlehem Books
Bethlehem Books is a small, home grown publishing company dedicated to restoring to children and families a treasury of wholesome, character-building literature (available in the UK from FamilyPublications). Bethlehem Books is the work of the Bethlehem Community in North Dakota, which has also recently started a cultural project called the The Virgil Michel Center.

St Vladimir's Seminary Press
St Vladimir's Seminary Press are the leading publishers of Orthodox books in the USA, and their selection includes studies of iconography and Catholic-Orthodox relations. SVS Press also offer a good range of high quality icon-prints, CD's and videos.

Cistercian Publications
Cistercian Publications specialise in monastic culture, and, in addition to contemporary studies, offer a wide range of scholarly English translations of mediaeval monastic (especially Cistercian) literature.

Catholic Univeristy of America Press
The website of a major Catholic academic publisher

Catholic Truth Society
'The Catholic Truth Society works to develop and disseminate as widely as possible completely reliable publications about the faith, teaching and life of the Catholic Church. It is motivated by a love of Christ, a deep belief in the profound hope he brings to modern man, a love of and fidelity to the Church, and the desire to communicate these treasures both to the faithful and all other enquirers by way of inexpensive and accessible English language publications.'

IHS Press
'IHS Press was launched in September of last year to bring back into print the classics of last century on the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church. IHS Press titles are sure to appeal to the Catholic reader who wants to know more about the wealth of information buried in the Church's Social Doctrine. And our titles are bound to be a welcome and refreshing change for any socially-conscious reader who, in a search for a humane solution to modern social problems, is looking for a break from worn-out theories.'

World Wisdom Books
An interfaith publisher with a perennialist perspective influenced by Frithjof Schuon. They also have a nice collection of free screen savers and wallpaper showing scenes from nature and variety of religious shrines.

Walking Tree Publishers
Are you fascinated by Middle-earth?
Do you wish for a greater understanding of Tolkien's place in literature, his sources, his motivations, his beliefs; those who inspired him and those he inspired, the languages and the world he created and the reactions he provoked? The Walking Tree Publishers collect and publish essays, papers and monographs from a broad range of different authors covering an equally diverse palette of topics, ranging from linguistics to theology.

Idylls Press
Idylls Press is a small, independent publishing company seeking to publish the catholic (and Catholic) imagination in all its forms – primarily fiction, but also nonfiction and poetry; literary works which in some way explore "the mystery of things" through the medium of words, story, image, and the artifacts of human culture.

Veritas Publishers
Veritas Publications publish a wide range of titles in a number of categories, such as theology, scripture, prayer, spirituality, parenting, counseling, liturgical resources and social issues. Our retail outlets throughout the country stock a wide range of titles in the areas of psychology, Mariology, and homiletics. We also publish religious education textbooks for primary and post-primary schools, as well as the Irish Catholic Directory and the Liturgical Calendar each year.

Kaufmann Publishing
Small books of Christian poetry, meditation, and fiction for a culture of life.

St Augustine's Press



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 John Bevan
John Bevan is the leading UK bookseller of second-hand and antiquarian items relating to the Catholic Church, and his stock can be viewed online or in his excellently produced print-version catalogue.

St Philip's Books
St Philip's Books is a bookshop specializing in secondhand, antiquarian and new Catholic books, located at 82 St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1RA (near the Catholic chaplaincy). The opening hours are 10-5, Monday to Saturday. Catalogues sent worldwide.

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Association for Latin Liturgy
The aims of the Association for Latin Liturgy are 'to promote understanding of the theological, pastoral and spiritual qualities of the liturgy in Latin; to preserve the sacredness and dignity of the Roman rite; to secure, for the present and future generations, the Church's unique inheritance of liturgical music'.

Blessed John Henry Newman Institute for Liturgical Music
The Blessed John Henry Newman Institute for Liturgical Music is a new venture by the Fathers of the Birmingham Oratory in association with the Maryvale Institute under the joint patronage of Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham and James McMillan, the celebrated Catholic Composer.

Catholic Liturgical Library
The Catholic Liturgical Library for Church documents and articles relating to public worship is 'dedicated to providing accurate historical and current information about the liturgies of the Latin (Roman) rite of the Catholic Church. Currently this includes the missal of 1970 (Novus Ordo) and the missal of 1962 (Tridentine)'.

The Liturgical Institute
'In September 2001, The Liturgical Institute at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, outside Chicago, a new academic, publishing, and research institution serving the English-speaking world, will begin training men and women to serve as diocesan and parish liturgy directors, to teach liturgy at secondary and university or seminary levels, and to advance the musical, artistic, and architectural dimensions of Catholic worship.'

Liturgy and the Arts
An interdisciplinary forum for the study of the liturgy, arts, architecture, theology, and philosophy in the Roman Catholic tradition. While ecumenical and broad-minded, it is specifically intended to be of service to the magisterial vision of the Holy Liturgy, in conformance with the authentic vision of the Second Vatican Council.

Liturgy Office
The web-site of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, including information on the new Missal translation

Liturgy of the Hours
This Liturgy of the Hours web site offers daily printouts of Morning, Evening and Night Prayer. Its purpose is to facilitate community prayer in Catholic and other Christian churches and families.

A monthly liturgical prayer book with which to follow the daily Mass and to read at home for personal or family prayer. It also contains a rich variety of meditations and information on the lives of the saints
A resource of music free of charge for the glory of God, for any non-commercial use in parishes, prayer-groups, schools, camps, etc. for Holy Mass, devotions, prayer services, education, evangelisation etc. For these purposes, the music and words may be reproduced and distributed free of charge.

The New Liturgical Movement
A weblog Dedicated to promoting the New Liturgical Movement called for by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI in all the sacred arts and in the unity of legitimate liturgical diversity. 

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New Feminism and Pro Life

The New Feminism

The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute
The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) is a non-profit organization. It is designed to serve the needs of United Nations delegates, extra-governmental and non-governmental organizations, missions and consulates. C-FAM intends to fulfill an educational need to inform the public at large regarding family and human rights issues.

David Alton
David Alton is an officer of the all-party Parliamentary Pro-Life group. He has consistently opposed human cloning, eugenics, coercive population polices, abortion, destructive experiments on human embryos and euthanasia. He believes we need to be 'pro woman and pro child; not just opposed to things but positively pro life at every stage of human development.'

Couple to Couple League
'Couples worldwide are choosing natural family planning for its healthful and marriage building qualities, as well as its usefulness to plan or postpone pregnancy. A prime concern to many is the use of a moral method to plan a family.

Natural Family Planning Information Site
Natural Family Planning (NFP) is quite simply using the natural signs of human fertility to understand the natural fertility cycle of a woman, and then using that understanding to plan a family. In creating and using this understanding, it develops a couple's respect for fertility, and for each other, as they grow in knowledge of each other and of the gift of fertility.

Population Research Institute
Founded in 1989, Population Research Institute is a non-profit research and educational organization dedicated to objectively presenting the truth about population-related issues.

Resurgence: a new Catholic political party in the UK

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children
The primary aim of SPUC is 'to affirm, defend and promote the existence and value of human life from the moment of conception, and to defend and protect human life generally'.

A place where girls share the truth about their unexpected pregnancies.

Authentic Womanhood
A website featuring Pope John Paul II’s thought and writings on "woman".

Matercare International
An international group of Catholic obstetricians and gynaecologists, which has adopted a preferential option for mothers and babies

NFP Blog

40 Days for Life

Ann Farmer
Dedicated to the work of a writer and researcher whose interests include the history of eugenics, contraception, and abortion.

Edith Stein Foundation
"The Edith Stein Foundation seeks to expose the profound and tragic effects that contraception has had on women and therefore society as a whole. We desire to heal the individual and collective wounds through our educational efforts, and inspire a new generation of women to know, love  and live the gorgeous dignity that is womanhood in the spirit of Edith Stein, German philosopher, feminist, and canonized Saint. We hope for nothing less than the renewal of culture through woman, family, and society."


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Religious Orders

St Cecilia's Abbey
A beautiful site produced for the Benedictine nuns of St Cecilia's.

Christ in the Desert
The website of the famous Christ in the Desert monastery in the US.

The Desert Foundation
Whether you live in the Sahara or San Francisco, the Mojave or Moscow, the Gobi or Galway Bay – it doesn't matter. You do not have to experience the geographical desert. The call of the desert is God's call to the intimate depths of every human heart. As we hear through the prophet Hosea, "I will lead you into the desert, and there I will speak to your heart" (Hosea 2:14).

English Dominicans
The website of the English Dominicans, incorporating their new internet preaching initiative.

Monastery of Chevetogne
The monastery of Chevetogne, in the countryside of the Belgian Ardennes, is an international, Benedictine monastery, devoted to the unity of Christians. Being a centre of prayer, the community daily practices the liturgies of both the West and the orthodox East. Its aim is to understand as deeply as possible the Christian soul of the West and the East, beyond all limits of confession.


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The Community of St John
'The members of the Community of Saint John want to live the evangelical counsels rooted in the three covenants revealed in the Gospel of Saint John: The Covenant with Jesus in the Eucharist, the source of unity between silent adoration and the liturgical office. This liturgy seeks to be as close as possible to the monastic liturgy, but its celebration is lightened because of the demands of the apostolic life and so that more time be given to silent prayer. The Covenant with Mary, mother and guardian of the growth of faith, hope, and love, and, as such, the divine milieu of the contemplative life. This covenant with Mary – 'the disciple took her into his home' (Jn. 19:27) – is the foundation of the unity of fraternal charity lived in communal life. The Covenant with Peter in the person of the Holy Father; a covenant of filial obedience to the successor of Peter and to the Bishops, in order to live faithfully and profoundly by the Church's living Tradition.'

Emmaus UK
'Emmaus is an international, secular organisation working in over 44 countries. Emmaus UK represents the Federation of Emmaus at a national and international level and deals with all enquires regarding the Federation and the development of Emmaus in the UK. Emmaus Communities and Groups are dedicated to the principle of 'Helping Homeless People Help Themselves.'

Maranatha Community
A growing ecumenical movement whose aim is to help Christians be more effective in the places they live, work and worship

The Oratory of St Philip Neri
The official Oratorian website

The Spiritual Family of The Work
The web-site of the Spiritual Family of the Work, a Family of Consecrated Life founded by Mother Julia Verhaeghe (1910-1997) in Belgium, and best known in Oxford for looking after the Newman Library and Retreat Centre at Littlemore.

The Spiritual Life Institute
The Spiritual Life Institute is a religious community founded in 1960 by Willaim McNamara OCD. The men and women of the community live a life of contemplative solitude according to the Carmelite ideal, and offer hermitage space to people who want to 'taste and see'. They are a remarkable, hospitable and altogether delightful group. Based in America at Crestone, Colorado, they also have Hill Hermitage in Skreen, where they are reviving an authentic Celtic spirituality.

Holy Hill Hermitage
Located in the Ox Mountains of Co. Sligo, Ireland, Holy Hill Hermitage is a retreat centre that is also home to a small community of men and women who live as apostolic hermits according to the Carmelite tradition. Together with Nada Hermitage in Crestone, Colorado, we form the Spiritual Life Institute, a community dedicated to simplicity of life, contemplative prayer, and when appropriate, apostolic outreach in the Church and society.

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Key Figures

The American Chesterton Society
A good Chesterton site with details about the Society's 'Gilbert!' magazine. 

The G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture
The G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, a not-for-profit educational organization incorporated in the United States, Canada and Great Britain, is located at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, and it has an office in Oxford, U.K. The purpose of the Institute is to promote the thought of G.K. Chesterton and his circle and, more broadly, to explore the application of Chestertonian ideas in the contemporary world. Chesterton's call for a deepened moral and social imagination speaks loudly to the cultural crises of our own time. 

The G.K. Chesterton Society
The Chesterton Society was founded in England in 1974, the centenary of the birth of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, to promote the understanding of his stature and continuing relevance. 

Hans Urs von Balthasar
An Internet Archive with a multidude of links and introductory material.

Hans Urs von Balthasar: A Sketch
A presentation of the life, influences, writings, and legacy of one of this century's greatest Catholic theologians by S. Joel Garver.

Centre di Studi Hans Urs von Balthasar
The Center intends to foster Balthasarian research through a descriptive approach and through in-depth study, including critical judgement, in order to show its relevance and the fecundity of his thought, both philosophical and theological. 

Ronald Knox Society
In spite of tremendous academic and literary achievements, Mgsr. Knox is best known and loved as a preacher. He delivered sermons from the most famous pulpits in England, was frequently heard on the radio and travelled all over the country to give retreats. Msgr.Knox's profound knowledge of Scripture, elegant style, poignant wit, and tender heart make his sermons still relevant and enjoyable today.

Newman Reader
'The purpose of Newman Reader is to make the written works of Cardinal Newman available in as complete and accessible a manner as resources allow. To this end, the site provides three types of content: Written works themselves; Guides to the works such as indexes, lists and reading suggestions; Biographical information to supplement and provide perspective for the works.'

International Centre for Newman Studies
An Academic Research Centre of University College Dublin in Partnership with the Newman Foundation of Ireland.

Karl Rahner Society Home Page
Website of the Karl Rahner Society at Marquette University. Rahner remains one of the favourite theologians of John Paul II and Cardinal Ratzinger.

The Pope Benedict XVI Fan Club
An online archive of articles by and about one of the greatest and most influential theologians of our time.

Cardinal Schonborn
Cardinal Schφnborn has gained international prominence for his work as Director of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994) the greatest single reference work on Catholic doctrine today. He continues to distinguish himself by his leadership of the Austrian Church, his dedication to the "re-evangelization" of Europe, and his commitment to the renewal of higher education in Europe and the United States.

Adrienne von Speyr 
Adrienne von Speyr was a laywoman, wife, medical doctor, spiritual writer, and Catholic mystic. After her conversion, Speyr began to have many mystical experiences of the Trinity and the saints. While in a state of contemplative, mystical prayer, she dictated to von Balthasar almost 70 books, including commentaries on the Bible and various theological topics. With von Balthasar, she co-founded a secular institute, Johannesgemeinschaft (Community of St. John).

Center for Thomas More Studies
Our mission is "to promote the study of Thomas More, especially the contemporary implications of his principles of statesmanship in the pursuit of peace2.

See also the Inklings page elsewhere in this section.

Henri de Lubac
Henri de Lubac, S.J. (1896-1991) was a French Jesuit and one of the greatest theologians of the twentieth century. "De Lubac was one of the thinkers who created the intellectual climate that made possible the Second Vatican Council, largely by opening up the vast spiritual resources of the Catholic tradition which had been cramped by post-Tridentine 'baroque' theology."


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The Inklings

C.S. Lewis
Lewis Society of California
The Kilns (Lewis Foundation)
The Journal of Inkling Studies
Planet Narnia (Michael Ward)

J.R.R. Tolkien
Tolkien Resource Page
Tolkien Society
Tolkien's Oxford
Tolkien tour and timeline
Encyclopedia of Arda
The One Ring (movie news)
Notion Club Papers

Owen Barfield
Barfield Literary Estate
Barfield Society

Charles Williams
Williams Society

Myth and Fairy Tale
Mythopoeic Society
Art Passions
Fairy Tales and Folklore
Grimm Brothers' Fairy Tales
Sofas and Sectionals


Catholic Social Justice & Philosophy Website
'On this website you will find a multitude of documents, articles, and information relating to all areas of social justice, ranging from groups such as the Catholic Workers to articles on political theory' (special emphasis on Dorothy Day).

The Franciscan archive
Br. Alexis Bugnolo's site offers a resource on St. Francis and Franciscanism. Here you can read part of Peter Lombard's Book of Sentences and Bonaventure's corresponding Commentaries, parts 1 and 2 of Scotus' prologue to his Ordinatio, as well as links to their other works.

Hugh McDonald
Hugh McDonald's amusing exploration of the philosophies of St Thomas, Marshall McLuhan and G.K. Chesterton.

Nottingham University
The Centre of Theology and Philosophy at Nottingham University, a home for Radical Orthodoxy

Peter Kreeft
The personal website of popular Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft

Radical Academy
The Radical Academy site contains a multitude of resources for the study of 'the commonsense philosophy of Classical Realism', including some useful Timelines.

Truth Contest
A competition to find the truth about life and death

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This Sceptred Isle
The BBC introduction to English history, 'This Sceptred Isle'

Internet History Sourcebooks Project
The Internet History Sourcebooks are collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use from the Internet History Project at Fordham University edited by Paul Halsall

Church History in the Light of the Saints
Online edition of a classic from 1945

Cambridge History of English and American Literature
Online edition of the 18-volume encyclopedia

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Movements & Networks

Project 2030
Project2030 aims to bring young Catholics together to meet and develop friendships with fellow Catholics around the UK and Ireland through various social and faith activities

Faith Movement
'The Faith movement is a group of priests, religious and lay Catholics drawn together by a shared vision of Christ as 'Lord of the cosmos and of history' (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 668) and Lord of the individual mind and heart. Since the movement was formed in 1972, we have worked to foster the Catholic faith and spiritual life of many people, especially through youth events and various publications.'

Communione e Liberazione (Communion and Liberation)
'The aim of life in Communion and Liberation is to propose the presence of Christ as the only true response to the deepest needs of human life in every moment of history. In the person who encounters and adheres to the presence of Christ there is generated a movement of conversion and witness, which tends to leave its mark on the environment in which he or she lives (family, work, school, neighborhood, society, etc.).' Includes links to the magazine Traces.

The Focolare Movement
'While taking its inspiration from Christian principles', the spirituality of the Focolare Movement also 'highlights values commonly shared by other faiths and cultures. It has generated a new lifestyle which responds to the widespread need for a life of authenticity. It contributes towards peace and unity in the world: prejudices crumble, the seeds of truth and love contained in various cultures and religions are seen as reciprocal enrichment, new horizons open up in the field of politics, economics, art and culture'.

The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, led by Fr Benedict Groeschel, have rediscovered and reinterpreted for our own age the authentic mission of St Francis in the spirit of the tradition of Capuchin Franciscans.

Madonna House
What does the Gospel of Jesus Christ look like, when it is lived out on a daily basis? One answer would be the Madonna House community. In the spirit of Catherine de Hieck Doherty, this family of Catholic laymen, women and priests strives to incarnate the teachings of Jesus Christ, by forming a community of love.'

The National Association of Catholic Families
'We are Catholic families who try to give one another mutual, moral, spiritual and social support in a culture which is now at war with our values. This we do by linking committed Catholic families locally, nationally and internationally but always with the simple intention of mutual support. We are answering the Holy Father Pope John Paul's call for families to be what they are.'

Houston Catholic Worker
A publication of the Casa Juan Diego. 'Casa Juan Diego was founded in 1980, following the Catholic Workermodel of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, to serve immigrants and refugees. Casa Juan Diego publishes a newspaper, the Houston Catholic Worker, to share the stories of the immigrants and refugees and the values of the Catholic Worker movement.'

Movement for Christian Democracy
'The Movement for Christian Democracy is a Movement of Christian Democratic orientation which seeks to change the political culture in Britain. It exists to promote Biblically-based and Christ-inspired policies. The Movement implements its aims irrespective of party or denomination.'

The Community of Sant'Egidio
The Community of Sant'Egidio began in Rome in 1968, in the period following the Second Vatican Council. Today it is a movement of lay people and has more than 40,000 members, dedicated to evangelisation and charity, in Rome, Italy and in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

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Science & Ecology

Christian Ecology Link
'CEL is a multi denominational UK Christian movement for people concerned about the Environment.'

Catholic Conservation Centre
Our mission is to promote ecology, environmental justice, and the stewardship of creation in light of Scripture and Roman Catholic Tradition. Our website features a collection of writings and documentation about ecology and environmental justice from a variety of Roman Catholic sources.

Living Earth
It's not the planet that faces a crisis – it's us. If we are to secure a vibrant living earth for future generations, we need to act now. People from all walks of life need to become more involved in resolving environmental issues. Living Earth Foundation creates the possibilities for this to happen by helping to turn ideas into action.

The Metanexus Institute advances research, education and outreach on the constructive engagement of science and religion. We seek to create an enduring intellectual and social movement by collaborating with persons and communities from diverse religious traditions and scientific disciplines.

Hubble Site
Home of the Hubble space telescope.

Arthur Young
The scientific and metaphysical ideas of Arthur M. Young (d. 1995), inventor of the Bell Helicopter and the 'theory of process.

Catholic Concern for Animals
Catholic Concern for Animals is concerned with the plight of animals and with the Christian Church, particularly the Roman Catholic, in its theology and practice in relation to animal creation. It is educational, in research and study, and it raises awareness of the authentic, pro-animal, Christian tradition.

Institute for the Study of Nature
This site asks, what makes a natural thing be what it is, and do what it does?

Magis Center of Reason and Faith
Affirming the close relationship among Science, Philosophy, Reason, and Faith.

National Catholic Rural Life Conference

Dr Julian Caldecott, Ecologist

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Sex and Theology of the Body

Love and Responsibility Foundation

John Paul II on Love and Responsibility - study guide

John Paul II Wednesday audiences on Theology of the Body 

Imago Dei study groups

Articles by Mary Shivananandan

Articles by William E. May

John Paul II Institute in Washington DC

Marriage: Unique for a Reason

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Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian Mysticism
The interdisciplinary seminar on the Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian Mysticism is designed as the internet version of an ongoing research seminar of graduate students at the department of theology of Marquette University (Milwaukee, USA). The seminar is directed by Alexander Golitzin, a professor of eastern Christian theology (Marquette University). The seminar started in March 2002 as an attempt to investigate Jewish mystical traditions in the eastern Christian theological and liturgical texts. It was thought that the seminar would help initiate and inspire the discussion about the Jewish influences on eastern Christian mysticism among a broader audience.

Ibn Arabi Society
The site of the Ibn Arabi Society, for those who want a Sufi (mystical, metaphysical) perspective on Islam. Contains an interesting article on Jesus from a Sufi perspective.

Sacred Web
The site for a 'journal of tradition and modernity', interesting from the point of view of interfaith dialogue. Non-Catholic.

Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies
The purpose of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies is to promote understanding of Catholic and Jewish traditions by offering scholarships, conferences, educational resources, lectures, publications and other related activities. Both Saint Leo University and the American Jewish Committee are firmly committed to a sense of unity between Catholics and Jews and to a combined effort to educate society on their philosophies as related to modern life and public policy.

Jewish-Christian Relations
This site is concerned with issues in the on-going Christian-Jewish dialogue. It is not about conversion or Christian-Jewish messianism. Here are articles, bibliographies and other resources, pages of Christian-Jewish organizations, addresses of and links to institutes and groups involved in the dialogue, statements of churches, joint statements, as well as news, events and reports. Many contributions are also available in German, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.

SEDOS – Documentation and Research Centre
SEDOS is a forum open to Institutes od Consecrated Life which commit themselves to deepening their understanding of global mission. SEDOS encourages research and disseminates information through its bulletin and website, public conferences, working groups and its annual seminar.

Resources for Studying Islam
Information for the study of Islam, religion, Qur'an, hadith, the Sunnah, Shi'ism, Sufism, Islam in the modern world, Muslim women, Islamic art, architecture, music, history, and Arabic.

Oasis is the website of the journal founded by Cardinal Angelo Scola, Patriarch of Venice, in association with his Studium Generale Marcianum, whose purpose is partly to meet the cultural thirst of Christians living in Muslim countries, and to favour an organic theological-cultural exchange and communion between Christians and others in Europe and the Middle East, the Far East and Africa. It is hoped that the journal will also help the baptized living in traditionally Christian countries to meet with Muslims and people of other faiths who now live among them in much greater numbers than previously.

Eye of the Heart
Eye of the Heart is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal providing a forum for the exploration of the great philosophical and religious traditions. It addresses the inner meaning of philosophy and religion through elucidations of metaphysical, cosmological, and soteriological principles, and through a penetration of the forms preserved in each religious tradition. 

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Marian Sites

University of Dayton 'Mary Page'
A good Marian resource striking a fine balance between the popular and the academic.

The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary
'The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ESBVM) exists to to advance the study at various levels of the place of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Church, under Christ, and related theological questions; and in the light of such study to promote ecumenical devotion.'

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Galleries and Collections

University of Michigan
The self-styled 'mother of all art history sites' will direct you to a host of excellent galleries and image collections.

Image Journal
The site for Image Journal and the Center for Religious Humanism created by Greg Wolfe.

Art Renewal
A remarkable collection of images on a site devoted to the recovery of 'technique' in painting.

The Nazareth Studio of the Institute of St Joseph
Icons in the Greek and Russian styles, either originals reproductions.

Paris Web Museum
The Web Museum in Paris is a particularly good source for many great images and brief accounts of the artists.

Vatican Museum
The resources of the Vatican Museum at your fingertips.

Russian Painting
An excellent site for Russian painting right up to the present day, but including classical Icons.

Ad Gloriam Dei
Ad Gloriam Dei Art is a Roman Catholic site dealing in first class original art products, art criticism, and educational material, including articles on art history and symbolism.

Some Favourite Classic Artists and Works:

If you were interested in the article about Vermeer in the first issue of Second Spring, you may like to know that the complete works of this artist are available here.


Tres Riches Heures
The 'Tres Riches Heures' of the Duc de Berry.


Splendours of Christendom
The Splendours of Christendom, again from the 'Christus Rex' supersite.


Fra Angelico
The Fra Angelico image gallery.


Some Contemporary Artists

Sancti Angeli
Icons from the Sancti Angeli Benedictine Skete in Scotland.


Simon Brett
The site of Simon Brett, a leading British wood engraver whose work has appeared in Second Spring.


Anthony Connolly
Anthony Connolly trained at Goldsmith's College. He now lives with his family in Wiltshire. For several years he has exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries.


James Gillick
The website of one of the leading artists of the younger generation.


Aidan Hart
Aidan, a member of the Orthodox Church, is a professional iconographer who has been working full-time for more than twenty years. His sacred icons are found in church and private collections in over twenty countries.


Daniel Mitsui
Daniel Mitsui is a freelance illustrator concentrating on sacred artwork in the Roman Catholic tradition, being particularly interested in manuscript illumination.


Solrunn Nes
An online gallery of traditional icons painted by the Danish artist Solrunn Nes.


Anthony Visco
The career works of one of Philadelphia's finest artists, Anthony Visco. Visco has dedicated his life to the art of drawing, painting, and sculpture, to the art of disegno. This site will celebrate the ongoing works while giving us a view of completed commissions as well as works in progress.


Roger Wagner
Roger Wagner read English at Lincoln College Oxford before studying under Peter Greenham at the Royal Academy School of Art.

Catholic Architecture

The Institute for Sacred Architecture
The Institute publishes 'Sacred Architecture Journal' and drawing on the expertise of leading architects, theologians, and clergy. important studies on Catholic architecture such as 'Reconquering Sacred Space 2000'.

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Theology & Biblical Studies

Online Parallel Bible

Electronic New Testament Educational Resources

St Paul Center for Biblical Theology (Scott Hahn)

Centre of Theology and Philosophy at Nottingham (Radical Orthodoxy)

St Thomas Aquinas: the text of Summa Contra Gentiles
St Thomas Aquinas: the text of the Summa Theologica (Theologiae)

Texts of early Christian writings

Theology Library at Spring Hill College

Celestial Hierarchy
Mystical Theology
Divine Names

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Some favourite non-religious sites

The Cloud Appreciation Society

The Friesian School

The Hubble Space Telescope

Marshall McLuhan

Online Etymology Dictionary

Wikipedia – the free world encyclopedia

Pattern Language


Metanexus Institute

Astronomy Picture of the Day