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C a t h o l i c _ P a t r o n s


Dr Sheila Cassidy

Doctor, author, spiritual thinker and former political prisoner in Chile , tortured for supporting victims of the Pinochet dictatorship. Author of Audacity to Believe (1972), Sharing the Darkness. The Spirituality of Caring (1988), Prayer for Pilgrims (1994), The Loneliest Journey (1997), Good Friday People (2002).

Prof René van Eyden

Retired Professor of Dogmatic Theology at Utrecht University with specialization on Women and the Church. Author of numerous articles including the classic ‘Women Ministers in the Catholic Church?’ (1968).

Dr Garret FitzGerald

Airline Executive. Lecturer in Economics. Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs (1973-1977). Leader of Fine Gael Party. Prime Minister of Ireland (1981-1987). President of the European Council of Heads of Government, and Deputy European Chairmanship of the Trilateral Commission. Chancellor of the National University of Ireland . Weekly column writer for the Irish Times.
Author of Planning in Ireland (1969), Towards a New Ireland (1973), The Israeli-Palestinian Issue (1990), All in a Life. Autobiography (1991), Modern Irish Democracy (ed.; 1993), Reflections on the Irish State (2003). He wrote numerous articles including the classic ‘Women Ministers in the Catholic Church?’ (1968).

Prof Mary Grey MA Oxon, PhD Louvain

Professor of Pastoral Theology at the University of Wales; Hon Fellow at Sarum College; prev. Prof of Feminism and Christianity at Nijmegen University; President of the European Society of Women in Theological Research (1989-1991). Author of In Search of the Sacred (1989), Redeeming the Dream (1989), From Barriers to Community (1991), The Wisdom of Fools Seeking Revelation Today (1993), Beyond the Dark Night (1997), Prophecy and Mysticism (1997); The Outrageous Pursuit of Hope (2000), Introducing Feminist Images of God (2001), Sacred Longings (2003).

Prof Catherina Halkes PhD

Retired Professor of Theology at the Catholic University of Nijmegen . Pioneer in Europe of the Theology of Feminism. Author of De horizon van het pastorale gesprek (1977), Als vrouwen aan het woord komen (ed. 1978), Met Mirjam is het begonnen (1980), Op water en brood (ed. 1984), Vrouwen, mannen, mensen (1984), Bibliografie feminisme en Christendom (ed. 1984), Feminisme en Spiritualiteit (1986), Zoekend naar wat verloren ging (1987), En alles zal worden herschapen (1989), Boeiende Beelden (ed. 1992), Roomse dochters (ed. 1992).

Prof Michael Hornsby-Smith BSc(Soc) PhD

Retired Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey ; prev. Chairman British Sociological Association’s Sociology of Religion Study group (1990-1993). Author of Catholic Education (1978), Roman Catholic Opinion (co-author 1979), Roman Catholics in England (1987), The Changing Parish (1989), Roman Catholic Beliefs in England (1991), The Politics of Spirituality (1995).

Baron and Baroness Holvoet Bourguignon

Baron Holvoet PhD Law & BA Sinology (Louvain), MA Egyptology & BA Assyriology (Brussels); ret. Director of National Office of Pensions (Belgium).

Baroness Holvoet BA Law & MA Philology; prev. lecturer in Zaire , Tunisia , Paris , Brussels & Toronto . Author of Les femmes dans l’oeuvre romanesque de Simone de Beauvoir.

Lord Raymond Hylton MA Hon Dr Soc Science

Parliamentarian, House of Lords. Chairman NIACRO - N. Ireland Association for Care and Resettlement of Offenders; Vice Chairman Partners in Hope, re Children at Risk in Moscow . Promoted just legislation regarding the treatment of minorities, care for the handicapped and the prosecution of UK child abusers overseas.

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC of the Shaws

Chair of the London International Festival of Theatre (1994-2002). Chair of the British Counsel Board; Chair of the Human Genetics Committee; Vice-President of the Haldane Society; Hon Fellow of the institute for Advanced Legal Studies; Board member of the Independent newspaper. She holds nineteen honorary doctorates in law. Author of Eve was Framed (1992), Just Law: The changing face of justice (2004). She contributed to The Bar on Trial (1978), Child Sexual Abuse within the Family (1984), Balancing Acts: On being a mother (1989) . Creator of BBC television series Blind Justice (1987). Moderator of the BBC’s Hypotheticals. She received the UK ‘Woman of Europe’ award, 1995, ‘Campaigning and Influencing’ award (National Federation of Women’s Institutes 1996) and The Times ‘Lifetime Achievement in the Law’ award, 1996.

Patrick Lister MA MBA CBE KSS

Pro Chancellor Coventry University . Member of the Catenian Association since 1953, President 1960-1961. Prev. Founder Member and Chair of the Catholic Union UK; Fellow, Institute of Logistics & Transport; Director and Chief Executive, Engineering Employers West Midlands Association (1983-1984); Chairman of Governors, Coventry University (1986-1997).

Arlene and Leonard Swidler

Arlene Swidler MTh, author of Woman in a man’s Church (1972), Sister Celebrations (1974), Human Rights in Religious Traditions (1982), Mainstreaming (1985), A New Phoebe (ed. 1990), Homosexuality and World Religions (1993). She and Len were co-founders of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies (1964) and co-editors of the classic research volume Women Priests (1977); Temple University , Philadelphia .

Prof Leonard Swidler is Founder/Director of the Institute for Interreligious, Intercultural Dialogue (Philadelphia 1985), and Co-Founder/Director of the Global Dialogue Institute (1995), holds degrees in History, Philosophy, and Theology, was visiting Professor at Graz (Austria), Hamburg and Tübingen (Germany), Nankai University (Tianjin, China), Fudan University (Shanghai), and Temple University Japan (Tokyo), University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).  He has published more than 60 books, including: Dialogue for Reunion (1962), Jewish-Christian Dialogues (1966), Bloodwitness for Peace and Unity (1977), Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue(1978) From Holocaust to Dialogue (1981), Buddhism Made Plain (1984), Religious Liberty and Human Rights (1986), Breaking down the Wall Between Americans & East Germans, Christians and Jews (1987), Catholic-Communist Collaboration in Italy (1988), After the Absolute: The Dialogical Future of Religious Reflection (1990), Death or Dialogue. From the Age of Monologue to the Age of Dialogue (1990), A Bridge to Buddhist-Christian Dialogue (1990), Human Rights: Christians, Marxists, and Others in Dialogue (1991), Muslims in Dialogue. The Evolution of a Dialogue over a Generation(1992), For All Life: Toward a Universal Declaration of a Global Ethic. An Interreligious Dialogue (1998), Theoria & Praxis. How Jews, Christians, Muslims Can Together Move from Theory To Practice(1999), The Study of Religion in the Age of Global Dialogue(2000).

E c u m e n i c a l _ P a t r o n s  

Rev Baroness Kathleen Richardson of Calow

First Woman President of the Methodist Conference (1992-1993); Moderator, Free Churches Council (1995-1999); President of Churches Together in England (1995-1999). She was created a Life Peer in the House of Lords in 1998.

Christina Rees

Writer, broadcaster and public speaker. Chair of the influential Anglican organization WATCH: Women and the Church. Writes regularly for BRF’s Day by Day with God. Contributes to Radio 4’s Thought for the Day. Author of Sea Urchin: A Childhood at Sea (1989), Divine Embrace (2001) and Voices of this Calling (editor, 2002).

Most Rev Prof Dr Joris Vercammen

Doctorate in theology at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium . Archbishop of the Union of Old Catholic Churches at Utrecht in the Netherlands .

Dr Pauline Webb

Officer of the British Methodist Church Overseas Division. Vice-Moderator of the World Council of Churches (1968-1975). Organizer of Religious Broadcasting in the BBC’s World Service (1979 – 1987). She is the author of Evidence for the Power of Prayer (1987), Candles for Advent (1989), She Flies Beyond (1993), Worship in Every Event (1997) and Living by Grace. She also wrote television and film scripts and was co-editor of the Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement.

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