Songs in the Wilderness – Guest Sister Gemma Simmonds
Written by Radio Maria England on 29/01/2021
Songs in the Wilderness – Broadcast Live Wednesday 27 January 2021
This week, Diane Redmond speaks with Sister Gemma Simmonds and finds out what music was influential throughout her life and the many adventures she’s had with her faith. We at Radio Maria England have thoroughly enjoyed having Sister Gemma Simmonds as part of our family and having her as a guest host on Questions of Faith.
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 https://pray-as-you-go.org
Her most recent book, Treasuring God’s Word is published by Pauline Books and Media
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