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The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology

As a lay Catholic Institute in the heart of Cambridge and part of the Cambridge Theological Federation, we resource lay people theologically both within and outside of the Catholic tradition. We provide specialist theological education and open learning opportunities for both individuals and groups.

We offer courses, study days, workshops, seminars and conferences that promote the study of theology, ethics, philosophy, pastoral practice, spirituality and theological reflection in dynamic ways that seek to meet and address twenty-first century global needs. In line with our foundational principles, we continue to promote the resourcing of women through a community life that is open to all. Through our teaching and learning we facilitate exchange with art, culture and social justice initiatives. We resource schools, parishes, hospitals, prisons and other institutions with expertise, training and pastoral support. Our theology engages with different professional and community-based (service) needs and perspectives. This is enriched and enabled by an interdisciplinary approach that is at the heart of our educational work. Many of our students gain qualifications from the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University (DTM, BA, MA, MPhil, PhD, DProf).


Join us for a special workshop

Ageing and Spirituality (2)

Ageing as a process of spiritual growth: developing the fruits of integral ageing

Faced with the norm of seeing ageing as despair and fragility, in this workshop we explore ageing as wisdom, joy and growth through Spirituality.  

Integrating knowledge, practice and reflection, a journey from midlife to integral ageing will be explored.  By sharing the midlife spiritual transformation practice model, participants will taste their own connectedness, discernment and transformation.  The continuous pursuit from midlife to an integral ageing will draw on the key concepts of Papal teaching of Integral Human Development with Chinese culture.  Ignatian spiritual practice and Buddhist mindful breathing will be adopted in practice to discover our ageing journey together. 

Course Leader:  Dr Christine Lai

Date/Time:  Saturday, 3 July 2021 9AM to 1PM London time

Cost:  £45

To signup:  email mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk

Upcoming Events

Orthodox Spirituality: Life in Liturgy

June 22 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Diocesan Certificate of Catholic Studies

June 23 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Philosophical Theology

June 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Orthodox Spirituality: Life in Liturgy

June 29 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Philosophical Theology

July 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Workshop: Ageing and Spirituality (2)

July 3 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm



Parish and School Outreach


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