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14.00 Tuesday 13 April 2021
THOMAS O'LOUGHLIN is Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology in The University of Nottingham, and the Director of Studia Traditionis Theologiae. He is a sought-after speaker and the author of Eating Together, Becoming One, and The Rites and Wrongs of Liturgy - why good liturgy matters. We look forward to hearing his deeply insightful research. He has sent us his article ‘How many priests do we need?’ to read ahead of his talk.
SR IMELDA POOLE
16.00 Sunday 25 April 2021
SISTER IMELDA POOLE MBE will talk on 'Walking with Francis towards an inclusive, status free church.' She is a native of Great Britain, and a sister of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM). After many years in the field of Education and grass roots mission in the UK, her ministry moved to Albania where the Archbishop of Tirana invited the Congregation to work in the mission against Human Trafficking. This led to her co-founding an NGO called Mary Ward Loreto (MWL) which addresses the root causes of trafficking, including poverty and is involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of victims of trafficking. Sister Imelda currently serves as the President of Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE).
SR KATRINA ALTON
14.00 Tuesday 11 May 2021
Prophetic Risk: A Journey Into Nonviolence
SR KATRINA ALTON belongs to the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph of Peace (CSJP). Originally from Northern Ireland, Katrina became a Catholic in 2001, and entered the CSJPs in 2012. As a peace activist her focus is on nuclear disarmament, the arms trade, and exploring the links between militarism and the climate emergency. Based in Nottingham, Katrina is about to open a 'House of Hospitality' to support women made destitute by the UK asylum system.
14.00 Tuesday 8 June 2021
DIARMUID O'MURCHU, a member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order, and a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin Ireland, is a social psychologist most of whose working life has been in social ministry, predominantly in London, UK. In that capacity he has worked as a couple's counsellor, in bereavement work, AIDS-HIV counselling, and, in more recent times, with homeless people and refugees. He is also an author. His latest book is Doing Theology in an Evolutionary Way.
14.00 Tuesday 13 July 2021
GEMMA SIMMONDS is a sister of the Congregation of Jesus, founded by Mary Ward (1585-1609). She is a senior research fellow at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge where she teaches pastoral theology, ecclesiology and Christian spirituality and is director of the Religious Life Institute. She is also chair of trustees of the ecumenical Community of St. Anselm based at Lambeth Palace, London.