Church is Feminine: Faith Matters talk tonight

This evening's Faith Matters Lent Lecture in Westminster will be given by Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ (pictured). It is titled The Church is Feminine.

Dr Simmonds is a sister of the Congregation of Jesus. After a career in teaching she worked as chaplain in the University of Cambridge and at Heythrop College, University of London, where she also co-ordinated student support services. She spent a period studying and working among women and street children in Brazil before becoming a volunteer on the chaplaincy team in Holloway Prison. After training in the Jesuit Centre for Spiritual Growth, Wernersville, USA, Dr Simmons worked in spiritual direction as a teacher and retreat-giver and she has been involved in religious and priestly formation internationally since 1993. Her work as a conference facilitator and simultaneous translator has also led her into translating theological works in French, Spanish and Portuguese. She re-joined the staff at Heythrop in 2005 where she is a Senior Lecturer in Pastoral and Social Studies and Theology. She is Director of the Religious Life Institute, Co-ordinator of the Erasmus Exchange Programme and Vice-President of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain.

The Faith Matters talks are held at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN (behind Westminster Cathedral) from 7-8.30pm. These are public lectures and all are welcome. But registration is required: contact or phone 020 7931 6078.After the talks, there will be the opportunity to discuss them with tea and coffee provided.  Faith Matters is an initiative of the Agency for Evangelisation in conjunction with the Mount Street Jesuit Centre.