Credo: Julian of Norwich

Written by on 01/07/2022


On Tuesday, June 21st, Dr. Gemma Simmonds presented on the Credo programme about Blessed Julian of Norwich.  Blessed Julian of Norwich (1342-c.1416) is known to us almost only through her book, The Revelations of Divine Love. She is thought to have been the first woman to write a book in English which has survived. Click below to listen to the broadcast.

Sister Gemma will continue to speak about Blessed Julian on an upcoming Credo – Stay tuned to find out more.

Sister Gemma Simmonds

Sister Gemma Simmonds

Dr. 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.  An international speaker and lecturer, she is an honorary fellow of Durham University and past president of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain. She has been a missionary in Brazil and a chaplain in the Universities of Cambridge and London as well as a chaplaincy volunteer in Holloway Prison for 25 years. She is a regular broadcaster on religious matters on the BBC, Radio Maria England and other radio and television networks.

Sister Gemma lectured in Christian Spirituality at Heythrop College, University of London from 2005 until its closure in 2018, specialising in Spiritual Direction in the Ignatian tradition.

Her book, The Way of Ignatius, was published by SPCK for Lent 2019 and was serialised as the Lenten retreat on Pray As You Go

Her most recent book, Treasuring God’s Word is published by Pauline Books and Media

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