“Our Lady on Saturday”

‘Our Lady on Saturday’ is the overall title given to a series of quarterly talks at St Mary-the-Virgin, Kenton on the place of Our Lady as a focus of devotion and unity for all Christians. It is organised under the auspices of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ESBVM). The speakers will be drawn from across the Christian traditions and denominations. Enquiries should be directed to the parish priest. Each afternoon concludes with the saying of Evening Prayer according to the New Ecumenical Office of Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

The Rt Rev’d Andrew Burnham SSC, Bishop of Ebbsfleet

APRIL 5TH 2008 – 1.30pm
Mary: Image of Woman
Fr Geoffrey Kirk, Vicar of St Stephen, Lewisham

Dr Desmond Miller at St Mary's
Dr Desmond Miller

The Development of Doctrine & the Immaculate Conception

Dr Desmond Miller

The latest in the series of ‘Our Lady on Saturday’ ESBVM talks on Our Lady took place at St Mary-the-Virgin, Kenton on Saturday December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, given by Dr Desmond Miller, a Catholic layman, retired GP, and writer and speaker on Our Lady.

A weekend of unpleasant weather may have dissuaded some who might otherwise have come, but those who braved the elements were well-rewarded with an excellent talk and discussion in which the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady, and the development of doctrine in the Church each served as a case-study for the other – demonstrating on the one hand the process by which the Church discerns and receives doctrine, and on the other hand that the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of the BVM has been properly and fully discerned and received over a significant period in the life of the Church, originating long before the divisions between Christians which we currently experience, and is not the nineteenth-century innovation as which it is sometimes misrepresented.


The Rev'd Norman Walker at St Mary's, Kenton
The Rev'd Norman Walker

The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Methodist & Reformed Tradition
The Rev’d Norman Wallwork

Over 30 people gathered for the September 8th 2007 talk on ‘The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Methodist and Reformed Tradition’.

They were provided with an overview of the very real importance of Our Lady to Reformed Christians – something not always appreciated by Christians not from the Reformed communities, plus a review of the recent Anglican – Roman Catholic document, ‘Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ’ from a Methodist perspective.

The talk and discussion were followed by refreshments and a local launch of the recent co-publication by ESBVM and Gracewing Publications Mary for Time and Eternity, a third collection of essays on Mary and ecumenism edited by Fr Bill Mcloughlin OSM, Hon. General Secretary of ESBVM, and Jill Pinnock.

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