The Staff Knowledge, Skills and Experience page shows our aspirations as a team.
Kathleen Lyons is a Cenacle Sister who has been engaged in retreat work for many years. She was one of the early teachers of the Ignatian Spirituality course, present at its inception and now continues in the role of consulter. Kathleen was also a Psychosynthesis psychotherapist. Her doctorate, 'Mysticism and Narcissism' is an integration of spirituality and psychology.
Andrew Walker was ordained in 1985 and has worked in parish ministry for much of that time as well as being the founder director of the London Centre for Spirituality. He is also a psychosynthesis trained supervisor. His book Journey into Joy is published by SPCK, and On Retreat by Bloomsbury. Andrew is also director of the St Marylebone Healing and Counselling Centre.
Antonia joined the staff of ISC in 2001 after completing the course and has worked on all three years. Her own journey has taken her from Anglican ordained ministry (in parishes and school and hospital Chaplaincy) to life as a Roman Catholic lay person most of whose time is spent giving spiritual direction, 19th Annotation retreats, workshops, etc. and offering supervision as well as teaching on ISC and occasionally elsewhere. Antonia lives in Surrey with her husband and dog; enjoys food and drink (preparing and consuming!), walking, reading and listening to music, and being inspired and energised by looking at beautiful things - in nature, especially where there are sea, sky and birds, as well as in museums, art galleries and more unexpected places. She is interested in exploring the creative, imaginative and non-verbal in her ministry, and is excited by connections between Ignatian, Orthodox and Celtic spirituality.
Bruce has been associated with the Course since 2002, and been one of the tutors since 2007. He is an Anglican parish priest and part of his work in the London diocese is as one of the Area Advisers for Spirituality and Formation. With a particular interest in contemplative spirituality and eremeticism, Bruce offers ongoing spiritual direction, retreat giving and participates in teaching some spirituality modules for St Mellitus College.
My own experience of this course was a joyous opening up of what I understood relationship with God to be, and the Exercises themselves an on-going, life-giving guide to a deepening of that relationship – sometimes painful, always loving. It's a privilege to be part of enabling that same experience for others. Outside the course I accompany people through the Exercises and in ongoing spiritual direction and am on the team of the House of Prayer retreat centre. I am also a Psychosynthesis therapist, which has much resonance with this course, and I balance all this talking with time in my pottery studio. I am mother to two gorgeous young adult daughters and our home resounds to the dramas and joys of their lives – they are my greatest teachers.
Mary Chamberlin graduated from Goldsmiths in Fine Art and Textile Design, working as an etcher and painter prior to completing further training in Art Psychotherapy, a field in which she practised both in the NHS and charitable sectors. Developing a deep interest in Ignatian Spirituality, she completed the Ignatian Spirituality and the Art of Spiritual Direction course at Lombard Street in 2014. She is very interested in exploring creatively the potential of the Spiritual Exercises. Married with adult daughters she especially enjoys spending time with her grand-daughters whose appreciation of life in all its fullness is boundless, generative and inspirational.
Ellen first experienced Ignatian prayer in 1991 on a retreat led by the Grail Community. She works as a spiritual director, and in 2007 joined the staff of the Ignatian Spirituality Course. Ellen is married with three grown-up children. She has over 25 years experience of working with adult learners in education and training. She is currently working as the Manager of the Wisdom Centre in Romsey, Hampshire.
Roger completed the ISC in 1993 and has worked for many years as part of the Extended Team at ‘The Centre’ in Edenbridge helping on Weeks of Accompanied Prayer, Quiet Days, Individually Directed Retreats, and is now offering ongoing Spiritual Direction. He is Anglican Vicar of St. Mildred's Church in Addiscombe, a father of four, and enjoys a variety of music. Roger has recently travelled to the Ignatian ‘hot spots’ of Loyola, Pamplona, Manresa, Montserrat and Barcelona.
Having previously worked in hospitals and hospice, and while continuing to love the gift & life of family, I am now fully engaged in the ministry of spiritual accompaniment. Since undertaking the course, when seeds of a liberating & loving dynamic where sown, I appreciate many opportunities accompanying others 1:1, & on retreats, quiet days and IGRs. What I learned on the course sits comfortably in me with the Benedictine association I value with Worth Abbey's 'Open Cloister'. Here I cherish rich experiences of travelling in various creative & prayerful ways alongside others in personal & spiritual growing and the supervision of spiritual directors.
I finished the Ignatian Spirituality Course in 2014 and am delighted to be able to continue my involvement in the course as Assistant over the coming year. Around the edge of ISC I work for the World Community for Christian Meditation, cooking and providing administrative support, and am also developing my practice as a spiritual director. Exploring silence and contemplative spirituality has been the focus of my own spiritual journey and it is a privilege to be able to work with others on this journey of discovery. I enjoy walking and over the summer have started walking the Thames Path.
I have worked on the course since 1995. These days I lead the Third Year of the training. I work as a spiritual director, supervisor, facilitator and trainer. I have two daughters, Hannah and Esther. In previous incarnations I have taught chemistry to teenagers, programmed computers, been a verger in a city-centre church, worked as a hospital chaplain, and designed web-sites. My contention is that through kindly attention to the sensations of this body, we can connect to the reality of God at our centre and the centre of life. This is my practice. www.julianmaddock.info
Judy met the exercises in a Week of Accompanied Prayer in 1989. From then her spiritual journey led to participating in the course in 1991. In practicing spiritual direction she encountered psychological blocks in herself and others. Hence the journey into Psychosynthesis leading to an MA in psychosynthesis psychotherapy. She now works as a counsellor in a GP surgery, has a private therapy and spiritual direction practice and has been working on the course since 1999. With family life including 3 grown up children and continuing contact with a teenage foster child this journey is all part of finding God in all things.
I am delighted to be assistant to the third year of the course. My experience as a course participant was life-changing, challenging and liberating. I am now involved in the privileged work of giving spiritual direction, leading quiet days and retreats. Professionally, I have a background in social work with children and families. I have recently given up work with the Open University in order to begin training for ordination in the Church in Wales. I live on a public footpath (we can drive down it as well!) on a Welsh hillside with my Civil Partner and our three dogs.
I am a sculptor and costume maker by training and I provide administrative services to various arts and other small organisations. In 2004 I took up bell ringing, which now occupies a lot of my spare time. I ring regularly at a number of churches in the City and East London, including Stepney where I founded a band of ringers in 2007.
I am a Cenacle Sister and live in community in South London. I joined the staff of the second year in 2004 and continue to find working on the course such a life-giving ministry. I particularly enjoy exploring in depth the vision contained in the ‘Spiritual Exercises’ in company with both students and my colleagues. I also teach theology at Education for Parish Service, working in partnership with St Mary’s University College, Twickenham. As part of the Religious Life Institute, based at Heythrop College. I also have the opportunity to teach on the ‘Theology of Religious Life’ M. A. module. My Ignatian roots inform all that I do!
(Yes, me again.) Once-upon-a-time a computer programmer and systems analyst, I now do a spot of web design, training and computer support to individuals and organisations, especiality to those involved in aspects of spirituality and religion.