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4th Caritas Annual Lecture



Caritas Jersey will be holding its 4th Caritas Annual Lecture on Friday 21st June 2019.


The venue will be the Pomme D’Or Hotel, Liberation Square, St Helier. A light buffet lunch will be available from 12.30 and proceedings will start promptly at 12.55pm and be completed by 2.00pm. 

There will be a small charge of £10 per person as a contribution towards lunch.


Caritas Jersey obtained the services of the Minister for Children and Housing, Senator Sam Mezec.

Sam is well known to Islanders. He is 28 years old and is Jersey born. He lived in London for 4 years while studying Law at the University of Westminster.

He was first elected to the States Assembly in March 2014 and remains its youngest member. He is also Chair of Reform Jersey, the only political party on the Island.

Sam is passionate about his subject and has some radical ideas for improving the housing situation, particularly for the poor and the vulnerable.


We are equally delighted to have Canon Angus Ritchie as our second speaker.

He is less well known to Islanders but he is equally passionate about his subject. Canon Ritchie has a wealth of experience drawn from his ministry in the East End of London. 

Canon being the Director of the Centre for Theology and Community played a leading role in successful community organising campaigns for the Living Wage, affordable housing and a cap on interest rates. He has also helped to write two reports, ‘’From Houses to Homes’’ and ‘’Abide in Me’’, both on Catholic Social Teaching and the housing crisis. His latest book, ’’Inclusive Populism: Creating Citizens in the Global Age’’ will be published by the University of Notre Dame Press in September 2019. 

Angus will explain that housing is more than bricks and mortar. The problem of housing is about more than numbers and the environment. There is an important human dimension to the housing problem that goes to the heart of the Common Good. 

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Each of our speakers will talk for 20 minutes. Then the speakers will be joined by two people who have great expertise in this area to form a panel. The panel members will draw out one or two key elements from what the speakers said (circa 10 minutes) and then you the audience will have a chance to comment or seek clarification (circa 10 minutes).


This year’s Lecture promises to be a popular event and numbers are restricted to 150 guests.

This year we will be using Eventbrite as a booking system and invitations will be sent out towards the end of May.

We already sent SAVE THE DATE email to past Lecture attendees because they have supported similar events in past years and we think they would be particularly interested in this year's event too. 



Should you wish to make an early booking just reply to this email and send your £10 contribution to CARITAS JERSEY bank account.


          Account name:         PRCDTR-CARITAS JERSEY

          Account number:      29670668

          Sort code:                   30-80-27


Cheques should be made payable to Caritas Jersey and delivered directly to Caritas Jersey at St. Thomas Hall (entrance on side of St. Thomas Hall) or posted to Caritas Jersey, 19 Val Plaisant, St. Helier, JE2 4TA, Jersey.