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Catholicity and Gender | Mary McAleese in conversation with Gemma Simmonds CJ

When Jun 12, 2019
from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Garden Room, St Edmund's College
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Mary McAleese is the Former President of Ireland, an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund's College, Cambridge, and a Patron of the VHI since 2012. She is currently Professor of Children, Law and Religion at the University of Glasgow. Professor McAleese was Reid Professor of Law at Trinity College Dublin and later Director of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and Pro Vice Chancellor at Queen's University Belfast, where she is now Professor Emerita. She has a Masters Degree and Licentiate in Canon Law and has completed a doctorate in Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Her area of research is children's rights in Canon Law. Since 2013, she has taught courses in various higher educational institutions on children rights, gender and LGBT rights in international law as well as the Holy See and International Children’s Rights, The Great War and Ireland, Conflict Resolution and the Irish Peace Process. She holds honorary doctorates from more than 20 universities. She is the author of Reconciled Being: Love in chaos (1997), Building Bridges (2011), Collegiality in the Code of Canon Law (2014).

Gemma Simmonds CJ is a sister of the Congregation of Jesus and President of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain. She is a Senior Lecturer in Pastoral and Social Studies and Theology at Heythrop College, where she is also the Director of the Religious Life Institute, which is now based at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge. Dr Simmonds holds a Ph.D in Systematic Theology from the University of Cambridge, and she worked as chaplain in the University of Cambridge and at Heythrop, where she also co-ordinated student support services. Since her return from study and work among women and street children in Brazil in 1992 she has been a volunteer on the chaplaincy team in Holloway Prison. She has worked in spiritual direction as a teacher and retreat-giver after training in the Jesuit Centre for Spiritual Growth, Wernersville, USA, and has been involved in religious and priestly formation internationally since 1993. She is the author of 'A Clear and Perfect Estate': Mary Ward's Vision of the Just Soul (2017) and a frequent media commentator on Woman’s Hour, Radio Five Live, Radio 2, BBC 1, Newsnight, ITV2, Radio Cambridge, The Sunday Programme, Beyond Belief, Good Morning Sunday, Prayer for the Day, Sunday Worship, Pause for Thought, BBC R4 and others.

This event is part of the 2019 #CatholicitySeries. More details will follow soon. Free entrance, no booking required.


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