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Saturday, October 22, 2016
Cherie Booth hosts reception for women's theology centre
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¬†Last Tuesday Cherie Booth QC hosted a reception in 10 Downing Street for the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology. She spoke about the need to support Catholic women who are finding new ways of serving God and the church in the 21st century and need new forms of education and formation for their vocation. The Margaret Beaufort Institute, she said, was responding to these needs, offering women an integrated programme of theological education, pastoral experience, and spiritual formation. The centre is in the final stage of an appeal to buy Lady Margaret House in Cambridge as its permanent home. "The women who come to study here might well, in years gone by, have been drawn to the religious life," said the Principal, Sr Bridget Tighe. "They are no less committed than in the past, but most will serve the Gospel as lay women not as professed sisters." Vice-Principal, Dr Clare Watkins, said: "I believe what is going on here is of real importance to the future of the Church and its changing patterns of ministry and vision, and the part that it has to play in our society. Here, lay people are developing, in prayer and study, new ways forward, integrating pastoral care, theological study and spiritual depth. This is a place of great hope for all who want a more thoughtful, faith-full community." Mrs Janet Lash, who chairs the appeal to buy Lady Margaret House said the response had already been very positive - raising more than 70% of the £1.8m needed. For donations or further information contact: Margaret Beaufort Institute, 12 Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9DX e-mail: Source: CCS
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