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Kathleen Lyons is a Cenacle Sister, a Congregation founded to minister to women through Ignatian Spirituality. Kathleen was one of the early teachers of the course and instrumental in its inception, she now continues in the role of consulter. She is also a Psychosynthesis Psychotherapist. Her doctorate, 'Mysticism and Narcissism' is published with the subtitle, 'A Personal Reflection on Changes in Theology during My Life as a Cenacle Nun'.
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.
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 challenging, 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 supervision. 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, who are my greatest teachers.
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.
Nicola currently combines part-time proofreading and editorial work with offering ongoing spiritual direction and retreats in daily life (19th Annotation). She also provides a listening ministry, based at her local church, and leads a Carmelite prayer group. Her experience of doing the ISC course and the Exercises has been one of life-giving growth, and she welcomes the opportunity to accompany others as they begin their own journey on the course.
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 offers ongoing Spiritual Direction and Retreats in Daily Life (19th Annotation). He is Anglican Vicar of St. Mildred's Church in Croydon, a father of four, and enjoys a variety of music. Roger has recently travelled to the Ignatian 'hot spots' of Loyola, Pamplona, Manresa, Montserrat, Barcelona and Rome and his DVDs 'Inigo' and 'Ignatius in Rome' reveal his passion for a contemporary expression of Ignatian spirituality.
My time on the ISC and the Spiritual Exercises opened up for me an ever deepening way of being and doing life in relationship to God, myself and others. I now accompany others in spiritual direction, lead contemplative prayer groups, quiet days and retreats. I am married with 2 teenage children, play the violin in my church worship band and love spending time with friends and family. It is a joy to be back on the course this year: a wonderful, life-giving gift I look forward to sharing with others.
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 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!
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 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.
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.
I have worked on the course since 1995. 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
(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.