Meet the Tutors

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Ann Morris

I am a retired Anglican Priest, living in the small parish of Minchinhampton, near Stroud.

I am divorced, but have six married children and ten grandchildren. I began life as a Roman Catholic but brought my family up within the village church that happened to be Anglican.

During the second half of my life I was introduced to contemplative prayer and a call to work with the children of my church - and this led to ordination in 2001.

I was trained in the work of Spiritual Direction on the Gloucester Course. I look forward to having a more contemplative life-style, between course days and times spent in hospice chaplaincy.

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Siobhan Smith

I work part time as a GP in the Forest of Dean. I am married to Ian, also a GP, and we have 5 children.

I was trained in spiritual direction on a course in Wiltshire which is very similar to that run in Gloucestershire.

My enthusiasm for this ministry arises from my experience of its influence on my own spiritual life. Being a member of the tutor team at Nympsfield is both a surprise and a very great privilege.

I am a practising Roman Catholic with a ‘liberal’ view and an ecumenical approach to faith in all its guises. Contemplative practice has become a vital part of my life in recent years.

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Jo Joy

What a delight and special privilege it is for me to join the tutor team for the Gloucestershire Course in Spiritual Direction.

A past student of the course, I am keen to see this vital ministry flourish to provide refreshment and renewal for fellow Christians in their prayer life.

I am married with 4 grown up children. I worked for over 30 years in the NHS as a nurse before curiosity led me to study Acupuncture. I was confirmed in the Church of England, and regularly receive the Eucharist as part of my rule of life, but as I became increasingly drawn to Contemplative prayer I felt welcomed by the Society of Friends (Quakers) in Cheltenham, and have been sitting with them in Meetings for Worship for the past 15 years.

These Meetings, founded in Silence, have allowed me time in comfort (and discomfort) to seek ways to pursue peace and presence in that which is Eternal, leading me to renew a daily intention to try to follow George Fox’s encouragement to “come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone.”