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Ignatian Spirituality at Drumalis

Date posted: 07-10-2020

As part of the celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of Elizabeth Prout, the founder of the Sisters of the Cross and Passion, Drumalis is pleased to host a series of lectures during the year 2020-2021. Speakers include Dr Sr Gemma Simmonds, Professor Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University and Dom Christopher Jamison, author, broadcaster and Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation.

The first of these lectures will take place by Zoom on Thursday evening, October 22nd at 7 pm. It may be of particular interest to those who are interested in Ignatian Spirituality.

The speaker is Dr Sr Gemma Simmonds who will talk on the subject 'Hope in a Time of Pandemic'.

‘Three things will last forever--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love’ (1 Cor. 13:13)

Love may be the greatest thing, but without hope neither faith nor love can flourish. What is hope? How do we practise it, and how do we hold on to hope in a time of pandemic? How can we experience God in all things and help others to do the same?

Theologian and spiritual director Gemma Simmonds reflects on these questions from within the Ignatian spiritual tradition and invites you to share questions and explorations around the virtue of hope. We would be grateful if you would bring this to the attention of anyone who might be interested.

To make a booking, please phone Drumalis during office hours. Our number is 02828 272196.

Gemma is a sister of the Congregation of Jesus. She works as a Senior Lecturer in Pastoral Theology and director of the Religious Life Institute at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge. After a career in secondary teaching she studied and did missionary work among women and street children in Brazil, returning to work as chaplain in the Universities of Cambridge and London. She was also a chaplaincy volunteer in Holloway Prison for 26 years. Gemma is an international speaker and lecturer, working in the fields of spirituality and training for ministry as well as Catholic education. She is a simultaneous translator and interpreter in four languages and a regular broadcaster on religious programmes for the BBC & other radio stations. Her book, The Way of Ignatius, was published by SPCK for Lent 2019 and was serialised as the Lenten retreat on Pray As You Go https://pray-as-you-go.org.

Her most recent book, Treasuring God’s Word: Marian Reflections with the Art of Stephen Foster, was published by Pauline Books and Media in 2020. It is available at https://www.paulineuk.org/browse/Books/item/Treasuring-Gods-Word/9781904785750


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