Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell currently heads up the Jesuit Institute School of Spirituality (JISS). Annemarie is a Catholic laywoman who has studied and worked in the area of Christian Spirituality for the past 16 years doing spiritual direction and retreat work, and training spiritual directors in the Ignatian tradition. Her particular focus is the training and supervision of spiritual directors and retreat givers. A related area of interest is in the interface between Christian Spirituality and Psychology. Annemarie's doctoral research is on "The impact of imaginal and dialogical processes on shifts in image of self and image of God in women making the Spiritual Exercises as a 19th Annotation Retreat." Annemarie is also a registered psychologist (and life coach), and has worked in particular in the areas of trauma counselling and community psychology.
The forthcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon could have significant implications for the Church. On the agenda is the discussion of the possibility for married clergy in the Catholic Church as Annemarie Paulin-Campell discovered.
Pope Francis’ comments on the ordination of women to the diaconate, given on an in-flight papal press conference this week, suggest that despite expectations of an announcement this week on the matter, disappointingly, a decision won’t be made now.