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Building from the Foundation: exploring the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises

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Led by Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ

A retreat day exploring prayerfully the practical and theological meaning of the Principle and Foundation in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  No specialist knowledge required.

Starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch.

Cost: £30

Overnight stay (B&B – Fri – Sat) + day retreat: £85

Sr Gemma is a sister of the Congregation of Jesus. She is a senior research fellow at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge, UK, where she is director of the Religious Life Institute, teaching Christian spirituality and pastoral theology. An international speaker and lecturer, she is an honorary fellow of Durham University, past president of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain and chair of trustees of the ecumenical Community of St. Anselm based at Lambeth Palace, London. Gemma is an ecumenical canon of the Church in Wales and lectured in theology at Heythrop College, University of London from 2005 until its closure in 2018, specialising in Christian spirituality. She has trained candidates for religious life and ordination in the Catholic and Anglican churches and been a spiritual director and retreat giver for over 30 years. Gemma has been a missionary in Brazil, a chaplain in the Universities of Cambridge and London and a chaplaincy volunteer in Holloway Prison for 25 years. She is a regular broadcaster on religious matters on the BBC, Radio Maria England and other radio and television networks.

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