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11 July 2018

Undervalued gifts: women in the Church


Undervalued gifts: women in the Church

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Gender equality

 

Seven years ago, Kathryn Turner travelled more than 300 miles to take up the post of Spirituality Co­ordinator at the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. It was, Turner says, “a leap of faith”.

Her post was created as part of a shake-up of pastoral care and formation in Hexham and Newcastle, which identified spirituality and formation as priorities. After a further reorganisation, Turner was soon heading up a new Department for Spirituality.

Trained as a primary-school teacher, Turner had started volunteering in her parish and the diocese when she left teaching to look after her children. She self-funded an MA in liturgy and then took a job assisting a religious order in setting up a retreat centre. 





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