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Directors

Revd Andrew Walker Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker was ordained in 1985 and has worked in parish ministry for much of that time as well as being the founder director of the London Centre for Spirituality. He is also a psychosynthesis trained supervisor. His book Journey into Joy is published by SPCK, and On Retreat by Bloomsbury. Andrew is also director of the St Marylebone Healing and Counselling Centre.

Sr Kathleen Lyons rcSr Kathleen Lyons rc

Kathleen Lyons is a Cenacle Sister, a Congregation founded to minister to women through Ignatian Spirituality. Kathleen was one of the early teachers of the course and instrumental in its inception, she now continues in the role of consulter. She is also a Psychosynthesis Psychotherapist. Her doctorate, 'Mysticism and Narcissism' is published with the subtitle, 'A Personal Reflection on Changes in Theology during My Life as a Cenacle Nun'.

First Year

Revd Bruce Batsone: Year LeaderBruce Batstone

Bruce has been associated with the Course since 2002, and been one of the tutors since 2007. He is an Anglican parish priest and part of his work in the London diocese is as one of the Area Advisers for Prayer and Spirituality. With a particular interest in contemplative spirituality and eremeticism, Bruce offers ongoing spiritual direction and retreat giving and is a founder member of the Companions of Julian.

Michael O'HalloranMichael O'Halloran

Michael O’Halloran is the Director of the Kairos Spirituality Centre in Roehampton, southwest London. I manage the centre which is owned by an English Congregation of Sisters, the Poor Servants of the Mother of God. Before arriving at the Kairos Centre in 2014, Michael worked for 20 years with older people living with Dementia in its many forms. He found that work immensely rewarding and continue to have an interest in the spiritual nourishment of people who are living with dementia.

Michael successfully introduced the 30-Day retreat to the Kairos Centre in 2017 and regularly accompanied people to undergo the Spiritual Exercises in daily life or a 30-day retreat. Michael is a committee member of the Spiritual Exercises Network.

Michael has a longstanding interest in the spirituality of 12 step programmes and for several years I have been assisting leading a weekly group and annual retreats that introduce Christian meditation as a way to practice the eleventh step 11. He is interested in the similarities between the 12 Steps and the Spiritual Exercises and is interested in adapting the exercise to meet the needs of people in recovery from addiction.

Mary Warner: Assistant

I finished ISC two years ago, and found it to be a deeply enriching, challenging, interesting and involving process. The whole course has felt like a huge and unexpected gift to me, and in particular my experience of the Spiritual Exercises (19th Annotation retreat) has brought the reality of God and His desires for His Creation alive for me in what feels like a vivid and life-giving way. I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity to repeat and deepen my experience of the material of the first year. I am hoping that (once my non-mechanical brain has mastered the vagaries of the photocopier and the dishwasher) my experience may in some way prove to be useful to current first year students.

I am a Catholic, living in Richmond. I have trained as a person-centered counsellor, and have been a member of a 12 Step Recovery Fellowship (Alcoholics Anonymous) for many years.

Second Year

Sr Kate Stogdon rc: Year LeaderKate Stogdon

Kate is a Cenacle Sister and lives in community in Brixton, South London. She is on the leadership team of the Cenacle province of Europe-Togo and has a responsibility for the sisters in temporary profession. Her formation and studies in the ‘Spiritual Exercises’ continue to enrich her life and she has a particular passion for helping others to discover the wisdom of the Ignatian Way. In company with her colleagues and students on the 2nd year she continues to benefit from and to enjoy the legacy of St. Ignatius. Kate finds it a privilege to walk alongside participants on the course as they discern their vocational call to spiritual accompaniment.

David CherryDavid Cherry

Judith Cox: AssistantJudith Cox

I completed the ISC in June 2018 and am now loving the experience of being an assistant on the current second year of the course. It is a privilege to go on studying, discussing and reflecting on the Spiritual Exercises in the company of others. I feel it enables me to consolidate my understanding of the text and of my own retreat in daily life which took place in 2016-7. I am a retired English teacher and live in northwest London. I have three grown-up children and two step-children. At my local Anglican church I help to lead a big and busy Babies and Toddlers group! I accompany a number of people in spiritual direction which I find a humbling, joyful and challenging ministry.

Third Year

Judy O'Brien: Year LeaderJudy O'Brien

I first met the Spiritual Exercises in a Week of Accompanied Prayer in 1989 which led to a life giving and transformative journey from then on. Experiencing the course in 1991 and practicing spiritual direction I encountered psychological blocks in myself and others. Hence the journey into Psychosynthesis leading to an MA in psychosynthesis psychotherapy. I now work as a counsellor for GP surgeries, have a private therapy and spiritual direction practice, supervise spiritual directors and have been a tutor on the course since 1999. With family life, including 3 grown up children and 7 grandchildren, my journey is all part of finding God in all things.

Ruth Choi

Ben Kerridge: Assistant