26 October 2013, The Tablet

The teacher who inspired me

by Siobhain McDonagh

Tablet Education

When I attended Holy Cross Convent in New Malden, Surrey, from 1971 to 1978, my history teacher was Doreen Fowler, writes Siobhain McDonagh. Mrs Fowler, who came from a Catholic working-class family in the North-East, brought history alive by playing all the characters she was teaching us about. She would make Elizabeth I, Joan of Arc, Bismarck or even Hitler come to life right in front of our eyes in lessons I can never forget.She never wanted to be a friend – she was strictly Mrs Fowler to her pupils – but she was determined to be an inspirational teacher and mentor. She tried to bring out the best in everyone and the more difficult the girl, the more determined she would be for her to do well. I was one of her more rebellious pupils and delighted in being awkward and argume
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Comment by: John Sharp
Posted: 08/07/2015 18:55:58

Bravo Fr Paul!Time for all Christians to grow up,and Francis is the very person to bring this about.
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Comment by: Bill Guentner
Posted: 08/07/2015 01:26:43

Allowing a Protestant minister to officiate at Mass to "preside over the service of the Word" is a liturgical abuse and is not permitted by Canon Law. This is ecumenism run amok. But then again, it is Austria.

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If it hadn't been for the Reformation begun by Martin Luther (he should be made a saint!) who knows how this church would be organized, acting and dealing with "others" today.