Staff Team

Directors

Revd Andrew Walker

Andrew

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 Spiritual Direction. He is also a psychosynthesis trained supervisor. His book Journey into Joy is published by SPCK, and On Retreat by Bloomsbury. He is the parish priest of St Mary’s, Bourne Street.

Sr Kathleen Lyons rc

Kathleen

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’.

First Year

Nicola Mason: Year Leader

Nicola

Nicola studied theology before working in social services and then becoming a member of a contemplative religious community for ten years. She now lives a semi-solitary consecrated life in E London and works as a spiritual director, spirituality tutor and retreat guide. She trained on the Course and loves introducing others to the riches of Ignatian spirituality, as well as taking people through the Spiritual Exercises. Nicola also has a particular interest in Carmelite spirituality and creativity and prayer.

Judith Cox

Judith

I trained on the Course and am now loving the experience of teaching on the first year. It is a privilege to go on studying, discussing and reflecting on the Spiritual Exercises in the company of others. I feel it enables me to keep exploring my understanding of Ignatian spirituality and of my own ‘retreat in daily life’. I accompany a number of people in ongoing spiritual direction and through the Exercises, which I find a humbling, joyful and challenging ministry. I am a retired English teacher and live in northwest London. I have three grown-up children and two step-children.

Second Year

Sr Kate Stogdon rc

Kate

Kate is a Cenacle Sister and lives in community in Brixton, South London. She is on the leadership team of the Cenacle province of Europe-Togo and has a responsibility for the sisters in temporary profession. Her formation and studies in the ‘Spiritual Exercises’ continue to enrich her life and she has a particular passion for helping others to discover the wisdom of the Ignatian Way. In company with her colleagues and students on the 2nd Year, she continues to benefit from and to enjoy the legacy of St. Ignatius. Kate finds it a privilege to walk alongside participants on the Course as they discern their vocational call to spiritual accompaniment.

David Cherry

David Cherry

David came to the UK from South Africa in 1988 to train for the Anglican priesthood. He ministered in parishes and universities and was then called into the Catholic Church and was received in 2018. He is now spending time living and working in a parish. He came across the Spiritual Exercises in 2000 when he began the Course and has enjoyed being connected with the Course ever since. He is a tutor on the 2nd Year with Kate and feels privileged to part of the formation of spiritual directors in a community which is formed and sustained through the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius.

Rosie Pike: Assistant

Rosie Pike

Rosie is married to Bill and has two adult children. Previous experience has included nursing (briefly) and lay church leadership (for 16 years) and presently includes a number of voluntary roles, alongside spiritual direction (following completing the Course in the summer). The Spiritual Exercises have been such a rich experience, in completing them, and studying them further, that I’m really looking forward to revisiting them within the Course once again.

Third Year

Roger Hagon: Year Leader

Roger Hagon

Ordained in 1984, Roger currently serves as an Anglican parish priest in Croydon. He is married with four children and two grandchildren. Roger has recently visited Spain and Italy and created an interactive DVD called “Inigo”. He is an experienced Ignatian Spiritual Director and has worked on ISC for many years as a tutor, finding joy and inspiration in the fresh ways in which the Spiritual Exercises come alive for people today.

Ben Kerridge

Ben Kerridge

I grew up in Cornwall, studied theology and then moved to Italy for 6 years before coming back to England to pursue my vocation as a priest. I’m a vicar in Crouch End, North London, and as part of my ministry practice as a spiritual director. I trained on the Ignatian Spirituality Course. In my spare time, I like wild swimming and improvisation.

Kerryann Cope: Assistant

Kerryann Cope

Kerryann is a registered nurse from Australia, from an evangelical background, who discovered Ignatian spirituality during a period of grief and burnout in 2016. She found it deeply healing to pray the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in daily life while studying the Course and is delighted to return as Third Year assistant in 2019/20. She lives in East London with her husband, works as a private nurse and volunteers in several roles. She looks forward to continuing to discern God’s unique call as she journeys on with the Spiritual Exercises, and hopes to share and learn more along the way.

Top-Up Year

Judy O’Brien: Year Leader

Judy O'Brien

I first met the Spiritual Exercises in a Week of Accompanied Prayer in 1989 which led to a life-giving and transformative journey from then on. Experiencing the Course in 1991 and practising spiritual direction I encountered psychological blocks in myself and others. Hence the journey into Psychosynthesis leading to an MA in psychosynthesis psychotherapy. I now work as a counsellor for GP surgeries, have a private therapy and spiritual direction practice, supervise spiritual directors and have been a tutor on the Course since 1999. With family life, including 3 grown-up children and 7 grandchildren, my journey is all part of finding God in all things.

Emily Miller: Assistant

Emily Miller

Emily is a recent graduate of the Ignatian Spirituality Course and works as a Restorative Approaches Practitioner and Spiritual Director. Her professional background is in the Financial and Professional Services sectors. She has been a member of the Third Order, Society of St Francis (Anglican) for 10 years and acts as Area Minister for the London West area. She looks forward to working with the Top Up class and deepening her experience of Ignatian Spirituality.