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For centuries women have been collaborating with the Jesuits in the pastoral practice of the Ignatian spiritual heritage. In doing so they have brought to bear on it a particular creative wisdom born of their own experience. Through the perspective of Mary Ward and other Ignatian women this lecture explores the questions raised by looking at this heritage from another viewpoint.
Gemma Simmonds is a religious sister of the Congregation of Jesus and an honorary fellow of Durham University, she is a past president of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain and has studied at the universities of Paris, Cambridge, London and Rio de Janeiro. She studied at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge for a doctorate on the early Jansenists. Her most recent publication is The Way of Ignatius: a Prayer Journey through Lent, (London, SPCK, 2018).