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Abhishiktananda
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Abhishiktananda (Henri Le Saux) was born in Brittany, Northern France, in 1910, into a devout Catholic family and entered a French Benedictine Abbey in 1929. In the summer of 1948, he left for India with the hope of setting up an ashram there, and he was soon overwhelmed by the richness of the Indian culture, including aspects of Hinduism. He founded the Christian ashram and religious community, Shantivanam, in 1950, becoming ‘Swami Abhishiktananda’. He was himself increasingly drawn to the life of a Hindu ‘sannyasi’ (wandering mendicant and ascetic), spending time in solitude in the hermit caves at Arunachala. He never returned to France, but his Christian faith endured, and he continued to celebrate Mass until shortly before his death in a nursing home in Indore in 1973.

A. M. Allchin
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Arthur MacDonald Allchin (1930-2010), best known as Donald Allchin, was ordained priest in 1957 and later became a Canon of Canterbury Cathedral. He first gained recognition as a writer with ‘The Silent Rebellion’, a study of the nineteenth-century recovery of the monastic life in the Anglican Church. He was Warden for many years of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God and the Society of the Sacred Cross at Tymawr. His interests in ecumenism and in the language, religion and culture of Wales were reflected in his becoming Director of the St Theosevia Centre for Christian Spirituality in Oxford 1987-94 and subsequently an honorary Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Wales in Bangor.

Curtis Almquist SSJE
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Curtis Almquist SSJE is a member of the Society of St John the Evangelist, formerly known as the ‘Cowley Fathers’, and he resides at the monastery of the Society in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Further information about SSJE is available at www.ssje.org

Saint Ammonas
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Saint Ammonas spent several years in the Egyptian desert of Skete in the fourth century, during which time he visited Saint Antony the Great and became his disciple. After Antony’s death in 356, Ammonas acted as spiritual director to the monastery of Pispir. He is believed to be the author of spiritual exhortations preserved in different languages in the form of letters, and may be the same Ammonas who was consecrated bishop by Saint Athanasius.

Sister Anke
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Sister Anke, born in 1928, has lived as an ‘urban hermit’ in the east of Berlin since 1992. She is a founding member and former leader of Ordo Pacis, a Lutheran Sisterhood in Germany.

Anon
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An anonymous work.

St Antony the Great
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Saint Antony the Great, or Saint Antony of Egypt, is said to have lived for 105 years (c. 251 - 356). Born in Lower Egypt to wealthy parents, he gave away his inheritance and embraced a life of prayer in the desert, much of it spent in strictly-enclosed solitude. Saint Athanasius, Antony’s biographer, enlisted his help in 338 to refute the heretical teachings of Arius. By 374, Evagrius of Antioch had translated the ‘Life’ of Saint Antony into Latin; his translation was influential in the spread of monasticism in Western Europe. Although Antony did not himself set up any monastery, a community grew up around him, following his example.

St Athanasius
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Saint Athanasius (c. 295 - 373), Bishop and Doctor of the Church, was born in Alexandria of Christian parents. After successful studies, he spent time in the desert in retreat with Saint Antony the Great. In 325, he attended as a deacon the Council of Nicea, where his influence began to be felt. He was elected Archbishop of Alexandria in 328, but seventeen of the forty-six years of his episcopate were spent in exile, due to his active and ruthless stand against the heretical teachings of Arius. His extant writings include a ‘Life’ of Saint Antony and treatises on Christian dogma.

The Author of The Cloud of Unknowing
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The unknown fourteenth-century author of ‘The Cloud of Unknowing’, a book which provides advice on seeking closeness to God through prayer and meditation, and of ‘The Book of Privy Counselling’, is also believed to be responsible for several other spiritual treatises and translations, including ‘Hid Divinity’, ‘An Epistle of Prayer’, ‘An Epistle of Discretion of Stirrings’, ‘An Epistle of Discretion of Spirits’, and ‘The Study of Wisdom’.

Leslie Barnard
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Leslie William Barnard, born in 1924, was ordained priest in 1952 and now lives in retirement. He was Senior Lecturer in Theology at the University of Leeds 1968-86, his chief area of study being fourth-century patristic writings.

David Barton
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David Barton, born in 1938, was ordained priest in 1966. He has had wide experience in parochial ministry and in education. He was Head Teacher of Soho Parish School and later Head of Advisory Services for the Oxford Diocesan Schools Department. He is Assistant Priest in the Parish of Iffley in Oxford and was Warden of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God, Oxford, 2001-9.

John Barton
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John Barton, born in 1948, was ordained priest in 1973. Since 1991 he has been Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at Oxford and is Canon Theologian of Winchester Cathedral. His particular interests include Old Testament theology, biblical interpretation and biblical ethics, and he has published many books.

Al Barrett
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Al Barrett has been a parish priest in different parts of the Diocese of Birmingham for the past nine years. He is currently Priest-in-Charge of St Philip & St James, Hodge Hill (Local Ecumenical Project), and has begun doctoral research in practical theology, focussing on community regeneration and ‘political liturgy’ in outer urban estates.

Barbara Bishop
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Barbara Bishop lives in retirement in Virginia, USA. Under the name of Sister Mary Paul, she was a member for a number of years of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God.

St Bonaventure
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Saint Bonaventure, or Bonaventura, (1217-74), Bishop and Doctor of the Church, was born Giovanni di Fidanza at Bagnoregio in Central Italy, and is said to have acquired the name Bonaventure (from the Italian ‘buona ventura’, meaning ‘good fortune’) when cured of a childhood illness. Bonaventure became a Franciscan at twenty-two, and received his doctorate in Paris, along with his close friend, Saint Thomas Aquinas. He was Minister General of his Order from the age of thirty-five until shortly before his death, restoring peace within the Order after a period of internal dissension. He became Cardinal-Bishop of Albano and was known as the ‘Seraphic Doctor’. His writings included ‘The Life of Saint Francis’ and ‘Five Feasts of the Child Jesus’. He died while attending the Second Council of Lyons.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45), a German Lutheran pastor and theologian, was a participant in the German Resistance movement against National Socialism. His involvement in plans by members of the German Military Intelligence Office to assassinate Adolf Hitler led to his arrest in April 1943 and execution, just weeks before the end of the Second World War, in April 1945.

Sebastian Brock
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Sebastian Brock was born in 1938 and is generally acknowledged as the foremost and most influential academic in the field of Syriac language today. He is a former Reader in Syriac Studies at the Oriental Institute of the University of Oxford and currently a Professorial Fellow at Wolfson College. His books include: ‘The Luminous Eye: The Spiritual World Vision of Saint Ephrem the Syrian’ and ‘The Syriac Fathers on Prayer and the Spiritual Life’.

Lucius Cary SSJE
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Father Lucius Cary (1866 - 1950) was a member of the Anglican Society of Saint John the Evangelist (‘the Cowley Fathers’), based in Oxford. From 1914 until his death he was Chaplain General to the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God, combining this with similar responsibilities for the Benedictine Sisters at Malling Abbey in Kent.

St John Cassian
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Saint John Cassian (c. 360 - 435) is believed to have been born in the region of Scythia Minor, close to what is now the Romanian-Bulgarian border. As a young man he travelled to Palestine and lived in a hermitage in Bethlehem, moving to Scete in the Egyptian desert, where he visited a number of monastic foundations. After further travels and ordination to the priesthood, he arrived in Marseille in southern Gaul, where he founded the Abbey of St Victor for both men and women, one of the first dual monasteries in the West. Cassian’s writings include his major works, the ‘Institutes’ and the ‘Conferences’, which transmit the wisdom of the Desert Fathers. The Rule of Saint Benedict (c. 530), which has defined Western monastic life over 1500 years, clearly reflects Cassian’s influence.

A. M. Casiday
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Augustine Casiday is Lecturer in Historical Theology and Director of the MA Monastic Studies programme at the University of Lampeter, prior to which he was Leverhulme Fellow in the Department of Theology at the University of Durham. His areas of interest include monasticism, patristic theology, orthodox theology, prayer, Christian Platonism and exegesis in early monastic literature. His published works include books on Evagrius Ponticus and John Cassian.

Derwas Chitty
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Derwas James Chitty (1901-71), an Anglican priest and Church historian with a particular interest in Orthodoxy, devoted much of his life to the study of early Egyptian and Palestinian monasticism, summing up the fruits of forty years’ research in his notable book, ‘The Desert a City’. He spent the last three years of his life in retirement at Llangwnadl on the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales.

Mary Chitty
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Mary Chitty (1905 - 2005) was born Anna Mary Hawthorn Kitson Clark in Leeds. After reading history and archaeology at Girton College, Cambridge, she researched the Roman occupation in northern England and in 1935 published the ‘Gazetteer of Roman Remains in East Yorkshire’. In 1943 she married Derwas Chitty, whom she first met at an archeological site in the Judaean desert. Her annual summer schools from 1944 onwards led to the foundation of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, now part of the University of York. Her last project was the publication in 1992 and 2000 of two volumes of ‘The Monks of Ynys Enlli’ (Bardsey Island, North Wales) covering the years 500 to 1537. She died in Llangwnadl, Wales, months before her one-hundredth birthday.

John Chryssavgis
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John Chryssavgis, born in Australia in 1958, is an Orthodox deacon and theological advisor on environmental issues to the Ecumenical Patriarch. He graduated in theology from the University of Athens in 1980 and was awarded his doctorate by the University of Oxford in 1983. He has held academic appointments in Australia, the Lebanon and in the USA, where he now lives. He has published a number of books and specialises in the ascetic thought and practice of the early Church, from the desert tradition of Egypt in the fourth century to Palestine and Sinai in later centuries.

Barry Conaway
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Barry Conaway, born in 1941 and ordained priest in 1989, is retired from full-time Anglican parish ministry after serving in the Dioceses of Hereford and Salisbury.

Jim Cotter
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Jim Cotter (1942-2014) was ordained priest in 1968. He was the founder of Cairns Publications and the author of a number of books. He ministered in various parts of England and Wales and retired as Vicar of the parish of St Hywyn, Aberdaron, North Wales in 2012.

Llewellyn Cumings
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Llewellyn Cumings was ordained priest in 1968. After ministry in various parishes in England, he now lives in retirement in Wales. He is an amateur artist with an interest in landscapes. He illustrated the book 'Ann Griffiths and her Writings'.

Douglas Dales
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Douglas Dales, born in 1952 and ordained in 1978, is Chaplain and Head of Religious Studies at Marlborough College, Wiltshire, and a Priest Associate of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God.

Iulia de Beausobre
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Iulia de Beausobre (1893-1977) was a Russian émigré who made her home in England after her exile from Russia. She described something of her experience in ‘The Woman Who Could Not Die’ (1938). Constance Babington Smith has also written a biography about her: ‘Julia de Beausobre: A Russian Christian in the West’ (1983).

Ben de la Mare
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Ben de la Mare (1938-2009) was the grandson of Walter de la Mare; prior to his death, he lived in retirement in Durham, where he had served for over twenty years as a parish priest. Living within reach of the cathedral and the university library helped to nourish his study of the poetic and pastoral art of George Herbert.

Esther de Waal
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Esther de Waal is well known as a writer, lecturer and retreat conductor. She has done much to foster awareness of the Celtic, Benedictine and Cistercian traditions of life and prayer.

Victor de Waal
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Victor de Waal, born in 1929, was Dean of Canterbury 1976-86 and for ten years Chaplain to the Sisters of the Sacred Cross at Tymawr in Monmouthshire. He now lives in London and works with asylum seekers.

Andy Delmege
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Andy Delmege has been a parish priest in the outer estates of Birmingham for the past ten years. He is currently Vicar of St Bede, Brandwood and Priest-in-Charge of St Gabriel, Weoley Castle. He is a Priest Associate of the Community and the Convenor of ‘Strengthening Estates Ministry’.

The Desert Fathers
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The Desert Fathers were Christian hermits, ascetics and monastics who, from about the third century onwards, abandoned the cities of the pagan world to live a life of solitude in the Egyptian desert. In time, they developed a reputation for holiness and wisdom, and had a major influence on the development of Christian spirituality. Many became important figures in the Church and in society. Some embraced a way of life which offered aspects of community living. The desert was a school of self-discipline and resistance to temptation, in order to follow God’s call in a more concentrated way. The Desert Fathers emphasized meditation, the essential place of Scripture, the primacy of love, and the search for God leading through purgation to the purity of heart needed for the vision of God.

Rosemary Dorward
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Rosemary Dorward read English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. An edition of ‘The Scale of Perfection’ which she translated and edited jointly with John P. H. Clark, has been published by Paulist Press in the series ‘Classics of Western Spirituality’.

Eric Doyle OFM
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Eric Doyle, a Franciscan priest, taught theology and Church history at the Franciscan Study Centre, Canterbury. He broadcast frequently on radio and television, and published several theological articles, as well as two books on Franciscan spirituality, ‘St Francis and the Song of Brotherhood’, and ‘The Disciple and the Master’. He completed his translation of ‘Bringing Forth Christ’ just before his death in 1984.

Charles Dumont OCSO
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Père Charles Dumont OCSO (1918 - 2009) was a monk of Scourmont Abbey in Belgium and was arguably the foremost twentieth-century scholar of St Aelred. Among his published works are the book ‘Pathways to Peace’ on the teaching of St Bernard, and numerous articles on St Bernard and St Aelred and on Cistercian spirituality. He gave conferences at monasteries in Europe and the USA.

Petà Dunstan
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Dr Petà Dunstan is the Divinity Faculty Librarian at the University of Cambridge. She is also a supervisor in Church History and Fellow of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. She has a particular interest in Anglican religious life.

St Ephrem the Syrian
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Saint Ephrem (or Ephraim) the Syrian (306-73) was born into a Christian family in Nisibis, Mesopotamia. He became a teacher and a deacon, and wrote many hymns and poems on the Christian faith to counteract heresies prevalent at the time, using the power of music to convey his message. In 363, Christians were forced to leave Nisibis, following repeated sieges by the King of Persia. Ephrem fled and settled in the east, on Mount Edessa, as a solitary ascetic. Edessa came under attack from the Arian Emperor Valens who, faced with the courage of Edessans fortified by Ephrem’s hymns, had to abandon the attack.

Sydney Evans
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Sydney Hall Evans (1915-88) was Dean of King’s College, London from 1956 to 1977, and then Dean of Salisbury Cathedral until 1986. A collection of his sermons, entitled ‘Prisoners of Hope’ (Lutterworth Press, 1990), has been produced by Andrew Linzey and Brian Horne.

Gonville ffrench-Beytagh
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Gonville ffrench-Beytagh (1912-91) spent much of his life in South Africa, becoming Dean of Salisbury (Harare) and later Johannesburg. He opposed apartheid, which led to his imprisonment in 1971-2 and subsequent exile to England, where he spent the last years of his life. He was also a respected preacher, spiritual director and author, whose works include ‘Encountering Darkness’, an account of his imprisonment, and ‘Facing Depression’, the latter also published by SLG Press.

Brian Golding
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Brian Golding taught medieval history at the University of Southampton. He has written widely on the medieval English church, particularly monasticism, the Norman Conquest, and Gerald of Wales. The essay in ‘The Influence of Saint Bernard’ was his first academic publication. He is the author of ‘Gilbert of Sempringham and the Gilbertine Order’ (Oxford University Press, 1995) and more recently has published on the Gilbertines in the ‘Journal of Ecclesiastical History’ and in ‘Mitteraltliche Orden und Klöster im Vergleich’ (‘Vita Regularis’ 34, 2007).

Irina Gorainov
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Irina Gorainov lived for some years on the island of Patmos. Her writing draws on both the written sources about St Seraphim and her personal acquaintance with people in the same prayer and faith tradition.

Mary Hansbury
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Mary Hansbury is a student and teacher of early Syriac literature and is also a trained iconographer. Her publications include translations of St Isaac of Nineveh and the Letters of John of Dalyatha.

Walter Hilton
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Walter Hilton was born c. 1340-5. Little is known of his life, but it is believed that he studied at Cambridge, pursued a legal and administrative career, attempted the solitary life, and finally discovered his true vocation as an Augustinian Canon Regular. His spiritual writings were in English and Latin: the best known is the ‘Scale of Perfection’. He also wrote ‘Angels’ Song’, ‘Mixed Life’, commentaries on Psalm texts, and a number of letters of spiritual guidance, and translated ‘Eight Chapters on Perfection’. He died at the Priory of St Peter at Thurgarton, Nottinghamshire in 1396.

Gemma Hinricher OCD
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Sister Gemma Hinricher OCD (1932-90) studied theology in Münster. She entered the Carmel in Pützchen (Bonn) in 1959 and was a founding member of the Carmels in Dachau in 1964 and in Berlin in 1982. She wrote and published on topics of Carmelite spirituality and in 1982 was awarded the Romano Guardini Prize of the Catholic Academy of Bavaria.

Brian Horne
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Brian Horne was, prior to his retirement, Lecturer in Systematic Theology at King’s College, London and is chairman of the Charles Williams Society. Before becoming a theologian, he was an English literature scholar, with particular interest in the work of Dante Alighieri, Charles Williams and the relation between the arts and religion. He co-edited with Andrew Linzey ‘Prisoners of Hope’, a collection of sermons by Sydney Evans (Lutterworth Press, 1990).

St Isaac the Syrian
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Saint Isaac the Syrian (Saint Isaac of Nineveh) was born in the early seventh century in the region of Qatar or Bahrain, on the western shore of the Persian Gulf. He and his brother entered a monastery when young, and Isaac gained there considerable renown as a teacher. He was consecrated Bishop of Nineveh, retiring five months later to join the anchorites in the wilderness of Mount Matout. He lived there in solitude for many years, until forced through blindness and old age to retire to the monastery of Rabban Shabur, where in c. 700 he died and was buried. He is remembered for his 91 spiritual homilies on the inner life.

Thomas Kane
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Thomas Kane ministers as a Roman Catholic diocesan priest at St Catherine of Sienna Church, Franklin, New York. He has written widely on the spiritual life, and his books include ‘Journey of the Heart’.

Ian Ker
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The Revd Father Ian Ker is is one of the world's leading experts on the life and works of Blessed John Henry Newman. He is a member of the Oxford University Theology Faculty and the author of the comprehensive full-length life of Newman, 'John Henry Newman, A Biography' (Clarendon Press) and of a number of other books about Newman. He has co-edited letters and diaries and other works by Newman.

Robert A. Kitchen
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Robert A. Kitchen is the minister of Knox-Metropolitan United Church, Regina, Saskatchewan. He read for the Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford under the guidance of Sebastian P. Brock. With Martien F. G. Parmentier he translated The Syriac Book of Steps (Cistercian Publications, 2004). He has written also on Philoxenos of Mabbug and Dadisho Qatraya.

Waltraud Kirschke
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Waltraud Kirschke, a theologian and biologist, has worked with the Enneagram since 1991. She is co-founder of the Hamburg Centre for Christianity and the Inner Life, which explores new ways of living and thinking about Christianity.

Reinhard Körner OCD
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Doctor Reinhard Körner, born in 1951, is a Carmelite priest based at Birkenwerder, north of Berlin. He is well-known across the denominations in Germany for his retreats and courses and for his many published books on topics of spirituality.

Kathleen Lea
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Kathleen Marguerite Lea (1903-95), also known as Kate Lea, was born in Chorley, Lancashire and became a scholar of English literature. After a lectureship at Westfield College, London, she returned to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where she had taken her first degree. There she was a Fellow (1937-71) and Vice-Principal (1947-71). She was noted for her meticulous editing of Renaissance texts and her love for Italian Renaissance poetry and painting.

Kenneth Leech
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Kenneth Leech was born in 1939 and ordained priest in 1965. He is the author of numerous publications, including ‘Soul Friend’, and ‘Spirituality and Pastoral Care’. He was Community Theologian at St Botolph’s Church, Aldgate, London between 1991 and 2004 and now lives in the Diocese of Manchester. He is a Priest Associate of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God.

Andrew Linzey
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Andrew Linzey, born in 1952 and ordained priest in 1974, is a theologian, writer and Christian vegetarian. He is Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, opened in November 2006, and a member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford. He co-edited with Brian Horne ‘Prisoners of Hope’, a collection of sermons by Sydney Evans (Lutterworth Press, 1990).

Robert Llewelyn
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Robert Llewelyn (1909-2008) ministered in England and overseas as priest and headmaster. He was for a time Archdeacon of Poona in India and was chaplain at Bede House in Kent, a house of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God 1972-6. He was chaplain of the Julian Shrine in Norwich until his retirement in 1990. His many published books include his 1998 autobiography, ‘Memories and Reflections’, and ‘With Pity not with Blame’. He was awarded the Templeton Prize in 1994 for his contribution to the advancement of religion in the field of spirituality.

Andrew Louth
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Andrew Louth, an Orthodox priest, is Professor of Patristic and Byzantine Studies at the University of Durham, where he has taught since 1996. He taught previously in the Universities of Oxford and London and is an expert in the history and theology of Eastern Christianity. He is the author of many books, including ‘The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition’, ‘Discerning the Mystery’, ‘Denys the Areopagite’ and ‘Maximus the Confessor’.

Sister Pauline Margaret CHN
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Sister Pauline Margaret CHN is a member of the Anglican Community of the Holy Name, the mother house of which is in Derby, England.

Ralph Martin SSM
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Ralph Martin SSM read Classics in Toronto, and was then ordained to the Anglican priesthood. In 1957 he moved to England to become a member of the Society of the Sacred Mission. After teaching at the Society’s theological college at Kelham, Nottinghamshire, and pioneering a new foundation at Willen, he worked in Lesotho, Australia, Ghana, Japan, Rome, Middlesbrough and Kuwait. Since 2006 he has lived in retirement in Oxfordshire.

Kenneth Mason
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Kenneth Mason, born in 1931, was ordained priest in 1959. After eleven years in parish ministry in the Diocese of York, he moved to Canterbury, where he was engaged from 1969 to 1989 in ministerial training and education. He was then Principal of Coates Hall, the Episcopal Theological College in Edinburgh, until 1995. He now lives in retirement in the Diocese of Ripon.

John McGuckin
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Professor John McGuckin, born in 1952, is an Orthodox priest serving at the St Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Chaplaincy in Manhattan. He is Ane Marie and Bent Emil Nielsen Professor in Late Antique and Byzantine Christian History at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and Professor of Byzantine Chrisian Studies at Columbia. After studies in London and gaining his doctorate from the University of Durham, he served in various academic posts in England, Ireland, Greece, Romania, Ukraine, Italy and the United States. He has written and published extensively on Patristics, New Testament interpretation, Byzantine history and Orthodox theology, including the book ‘St Gregory of Nazianzus: An Intellectual Biography’ (2000).

Sister Brenda Michael
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Brenda Stephenson was born in 1938 and lives in England. She spent much of her working life in the Anglican Order of St Clare as Sister Brenda Michael, during which time she wrote ‘This is the Word of the Lord’.

Harry Galbraith Miller
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Harry Galbraith Miller (1914 - 2011) graduated from Glasgow University in Arts and Theology and was ordained within the Church of Scotland. After ministry first at Cathcart Old Parish Church near Glasgow, then at Lochgilphead, at Inch near Stranraer and at Inchinnan, he spent the last sixteen years before retirement minstering in Iona and the Ross of Mull. In retirement he lived near Glasgow.

St Gregory Nazianzen
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Saint Gregory Nazianzen (c. 330 - 389), Bishop and Doctor of the Church, and known as the ‘Trinitarian Theologian’, was born and died in Arianzum, a few miles south of Nazianzus in south-west Cappadocia (modern Turkey). His parents, wealthy landowners, were Gregory, Bishop of Nazianzus, and Nonna. He and the brothers, Saint Basil the Great and Saint Gregory of Nyssa, are collectively known as the ‘Cappadocian Fathers’. He left behind many writings: poems, epistles and orations. He studied in many renowned university centres, returned briefly to his father’s estate, and later joined Basil in a monastic foundation. There they worked together on the ‘Philokalia’, an anthology of spiritual texts taken from the writings of Origen, and on the Rules of Saint Basil. Gregory returned to Nazianzus, where he was persuaded to become a priest and, in 372, to be consecrated Bishop of Sasima. From the end of 375, he spent three years in solitude in a monastery at Seleuci. He also functioned as a bishop in Nazianzus and Constantinople, retiring from episcopal duties in 383 to live at Arianzum.

John Moschus
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John Moschus (c. 550-619), a monk of St Theodosius Monastery, Jerusalem, travelled around the Middle East with his friend Sophronius, who later became Patriarch of Jerusalem. Shortly before his death in Rome, he compiled ‘The Spiritual Meadow’ (‘Pratum Spirituale’), to commemorate their journeys. Containing anecdotes about the monastic and Christian life of the time, the book became extremely popular as a devotional manual. His feast day in the Orthodox Church is 11 March

Andrew Norman
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Andrew Norman, born in 1954 and ordained priest in 1979, is Rector of St Nicolas Church, Guildford, Surrey, and the author of ‘Silence in God’, published by SPCK.

Christine North
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Christine North is a graduate of Reading University. She later spent some years in Zambia with her husband, and their three daughters were born there. Since returning to England she has been a Medical Social Worker, and is now actively engaged in prison visiting.

Dom Jean Leclercq OSB
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Dom Jean Leclercq OSB (1911-93), a monk of Clairvaux Abbey in France, was a historian of Western medieval monasticism. His works included the definitive edition of the writings of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the books ‘The Love of Learning and the Desire for God: Study of Monastic Culture’ and ‘Alone with God’ (a guide to the eremitical way of life), a study of ‘lectio divina’ (or ‘holy reading’), and the history of inter-monastic dialogue. He used his scholarship in the service of the future of monasticism, taking part, along with Thomas Merton, in inter-faith monastic dialogue and becoming well-known for his gift of encouragement to communities and individuals living the monastic way of life.

Jane Osborn
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Jane Osborn is a member of the Folcolare Community, which publishes under the New City imprint.

George Pattison
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George Pattison, born in 1950 and ordained priest in 1978, is Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford and a Canon of Christ Church. He was Dean of King’s College, Cambridge 1991-2001. His publications include examinations of the works of Søren Kierkegaard and Martin Heidegger; he has also written about the technological society and the relationship between theology and culture.

John Porter
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John Porter has retired to Northern France after 45 years of parochial ministry in Lichfield Diocese. He gives occasional help to the Pas-de-Calais Anglican Chaplaincy and assists ecumenically in the local Roman Catholic parish.

Michael Ramsey
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Michael Ramsey (1904-88) was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1961-1974. An outstanding teacher and prolific writer, his books include such classic works as ‘The Gospel and the Catholic Church’, ‘The Glory of God and the Transfiguration of Christ’ and ‘The Christian Priest Today’.

Wendy Robinson
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Wendy Robinson (1934-2013), a member of the Orthodox Church and an Associate of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God, worked for many years as a psychotherapist, pastoral counsellor, speaker and facilitator. She was an adviser to various religious communities, and in the years immediately preceding her death, she was Warden of the Servants of Christ the King, an ecumenical Christian group movement which has silence at its heart.

Murray Rogers
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Murray Rogers (1917-2006), a life-long disciple of Ghandi and pioneer of interfaith encounter, was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1940. He went to India in 1945, where he founded the Jyotiniketan Ashram in Uttar Pradesh. In 1971 he responded to a call to move to Jerusalem and open an interfaith centre. He moved to an interfaith centre in Hong Kong in 1980, and on to Canada in 1989. He returned to England in 1998, making his home in Oxford.

John W. Rogerson
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John W. Rogerson is Canon Emeritus of Sheffield Cathedral and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Sheffield University. Born in 1935, and an Anglican priest for many years, he is a leading Old Testament scholar. His interests include the use of the Bible in social, moral, political and environmental issues, and Semitic languages.

T. N. Rudd
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Tom Rudd, who died in 1995, qualified in medicine at the London Hospital in 1929. His varied medical career included pioneering modern methods of caring for the elderly and writing much of the early literature on the subject, including textbooks for nurses and social workers. He was Consultant Physician, Department of Geriatric Medicine, Southampton University Hospitals (1957-71). Prior to his death, he spent several years in retirement in Winchester.

Alexander Ryrie
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Alexander Ryrie was until his retirement Rector of St John’s Episcopal Church, Jedburgh, in the Scottish Borders. His published books include ‘Silent Waiting’, ‘Wonderful Exchange’ and 'The Desert Movement'. He is a Priest Associate of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God.

John Scott
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John Scott, a member of the Roman Catholic Church, assists with editing in the Communications Department of the Diocese of Westminster.

Philip Seddon
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Philip J. Seddon, born in 1945 to missionary parents, grew up in Morocco. He was ordained priest in 1971 and was Director of Ministry of STETS (Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme) at Sarum College, Salisbury for five years until his retirement in 2010. He had previously held theological and pastoral posts in Manchester, Nigeria, Nottingham, Cambridge and Birmingham. He was co-editor with Roger Pooley of ‘The Lord of the Journey: A Reader in Christian Spirituality’ (Collins 1986), and he has written a number of Grove booklets in the Spirituality Series.

Gilbert Shaw
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Gilbert Shaw (1886-1967) first practised as a lawyer, then was ordained priest in the Church of England. His priestly ministry included work among the unemployed in the East End of London in the 1930s, and later in Central London at St Anne’s Church, Soho. He worked for the Association for Promoting Retreats for many years. In the last three years of his life, he was Warden of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God.

Sister Avis Mary SLG
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Sister Avis Mary SLG was called to the Bar in 1975 and entered the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God in 1978. She has been Editor of SLG Press since 2006 and pursues a love for the German language and people through translating into English works of Christian spirituality.

Sister Benedicta Ward SLG
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Sister Benedicta Ward SLG entered the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God in 1955. She teaches spirituality in the University of Oxford and is an Emeritus Fellow of Harris Manchester College. She has written a number of books on early monasticism and on the Middle Ages, and is one of the world’s leading writers on the legacy of the Desert Fathers. Her published works include books on the Desert Fathers, the Venerable Bede and St Anselm, and on miracles and relics in the Christian tradition.

Sister Christine SLG
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Sister Christine SLG entered the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God in 1968. As well as being Editor of SLG Press for a number of years, she has lived out her vocation in many other spheres of community life.

Sister Edmée SLG
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Sister Edmée SLG entered the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God in 1966. She has a particular interest in the Biblical Song of Songs, which was the subject of her doctoral thesis and of her book, ‘The Song of Songs and the Eros of God: A Study in Biblical Intertextuality’ (published by Oxford University Press, 2009, under the name Edmée Kingsmill). She was Editor of SLG Press in the 1970s.

Sister Eileen Mary SLG
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Sister Eileen Mary SLG (1921-99) entered the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God in 1952 and in her latter years lived an eremitical way of life at the Community’s Bede House in Kent. She was a member of the ecumenical Columbanus Community of Reconciliation in Belfast from 1983 to 1989. As Sister Eileen Lyddon, she wrote ‘Door Through Darkness: St John of the Cross and Mysticism in Everyday Life’ (New City, 1994).

Sister Isabel SLG
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Sister Isabel SLG entered the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God in 1956 and was Editor of SLG Press 1997-2006.

Sister Jane SLG
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Sister Jane SLG, born in 1927, was a member of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God for forty years until her death in 1995. She was Reverend Mother from 1973-88.

Mother Mary Clare SLG
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Mother Mary Clare SLG (1906-88) entered the religious life in 1930, and was Reverend Mother of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God from 1954-73. She was highly regarded by Anglicans and Roman Catholics alike as a spiritual teacher in the tradition of the Carmelite saints.

Sister Rosemary SLG
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Sister Rosemary SLG entered the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God in 1971 and was Reverend Mother from 1996-2007. She was Editor of SLG Press for a number of years.

Martin L. Smith
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Martin Lee Smith, English by birth and an Oxford graduate, is a priest of the Episcopal Church in the USA and has been chaplain to the US House of Bishops. He was Senior Associate Rector of St Columba’s Church, Washington DC, and is a well-known spiritual director, lecturer, retreat leader and writer. His books include ‘The Word is Very Near You: A Guide to Praying with Scripture’ (Cowley Publications, 1989) and ‘A Season for the Spirit: Readings for the Days of Lent’ (Church Publishing Inc., 2004). He is a former member of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist.

Richard Southern
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Sir Richard William Southern (1912 - 2001) published under the name R. W. Southern and was knighted in 1974. He was a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford (1937-61), Chichele Professor of Modern History at Oxford (1961-69) and President of St John’s College, Oxford (1969-81). His book, ‘The Making of the Middle Ages’ (1953), established his reputation as a medievalist, opening up new vistas in medieval history. His main focus was Saint Anselm.

Dumitru Staniloae
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Dumitru Staniloae (1903-1993), a Romanian Orthodox priest, was Professor of Dogmatic Theology both at Sibiu in Transylvania and at Bucharest. As a result of the publication of his version of the ‘Philokalia’ in Romanian, he was particularly associated with monastic revival in his country. He was looked to as a Christian leader during the prolonged oppression of Christians in Romania and was imprisoned 1958-63. He is becoming known increasingly in the English-speaking world, as more of his writings are translated.

Columba Stewart OSB
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Columba Stewart OSB is Professor of Theology at St John’s University, Collegeville and a monk of St John’s Abbey. He has published a number of books, and his particular interests include monastic history and Christian mysticism.

Dorothy Sutherland
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Dorothy Sutherland, who died in 2007, was an editor, writer and journalist and in retirement engaged in religious education and counselling in Washington, DC and Arlington, Virginia. She was an Oblate Sister of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God.

Bonnie B. Thurston
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BONNIE THURSTON is a New Testament scholar and poet, a spiritual director and an experienced retreat leader. She is a founding member and past president of the International Thomas Merton Society. She is the author or editor of nineteen theological books, including Hidden in God: Discovering the Desert Vision of Charles de Foucauld, and five collections of poetry.

Ralph Townsend
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Dr Ralph Townsend has been headmaster of Winchester College since 2005. He read English at the University of Western Australia and has held a number of teaching appointments. In the early 1980s, he taught in the Theology Faculty of the University of Oxford, and was later Head of English at Eton College, followed by ten years as Headmaster of Sydney Grammar School and five years as Headmaster of Oundle School. First an Anglican and later a Roman Catholic, he has written books and articles and reviews in the areas of Church history and religious literature.

Evelyn Underhill
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Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) was born in Wolverhampton. A poet, novelist and author of numerous works on religion and spiritual practice, she is best known for her book on ‘Mysticism’ published in 1911. Because of her husband’s opposition to her wish to join the Roman Catholic Church, she remained within the Church of England, where she became a prominent Anglo-Catholic, proponent of contemplative prayer and member of the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship. Exceptionally, for a woman of her time, she gave lectures for the clergy, conducted retreats and established ecumenical links. She became an honorary Doctor of Divinity (University of Aberdeen) and a Fellow of King’s College for Women, London.

Various
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Various authors contributed to this publication.

Roland Walls
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Roland Walls (1917-2011) was ordained priest in the Church of England in 1941 and for some twenty years worked with the Sheffield Industrial Mission and held academic appointments in Cambridge and Edinburgh. He became priest in charge of Rosslyn Chapel at Roslin, East Lothian, Scotland in 1962, and a founding member of the Fraternity (later Community) of the Transfiguration in 1965. While remaining a member of the Roslin community, and with its agreement, he was received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1981 and became a Roman Catholic priest two years later.

Graham Ward
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GRAHAM WARD is Regius Professor of Divinity in the University of Oxford

Kallistos Ware
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Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of Diokleia, who has charge of the Greek Orthodox parish in Oxford, was Spalding Lecturer in the University of Oxford until 2001 and is Chairman of the Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue. Born in 1934 and raised in the Church of England, he became Orthodox in 1958, a priest and monk eight years later, and Bishop of Diokleia in 1982. He has written many books, including ‘The Orthodox Church’ and ‘The Orthodox Way’, has contributed to the translation of Orthodox service books and is a translator of ‘The Philokalia’.

Philip Welsh
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Philip Welsh, born in 1948 and ordained priest in 1994, is the Vicar of St Stephen’s with St John, Rochester Row, Westminster, London.

Rowan Williams
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Rowan Williams, born in 1950 and ordained priest in 1978, has been Archbishop of Canterbury since 2002, prior to which he was Bishop of Monmouth and Archbishop of Wales. He was Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity in the University of Oxford from 1986 to 1991. He is the author of many books.

Clifton Wolters
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CLIFTON WOLTERS (1901-1991) was highly regarded for his scholarship in the field of medieval manuscripts and for his translations of The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works, Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love and Richard Rolle’s The Fire of Love.

Abba Zosimas
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Abba or Saint Zosimas, also known as Zosima, was born c. 460 in Palestine, and became a monk at a young age. He gained a reputation as an elder and ascetic, moving to a strict monastery located in the wilderness close to the Jordan River, where he spent the remainder of his life. He is best known for his encounter with St Mary of Egypt towards the end of her life, and is thought to have died c 560, at the age of almost one hundred.


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