Benedicta Ward SLG (1933-2022)

Benedicta Ward SLG (1933-2022)


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It is with much sadness that the Principal and Fellows of Harris Manchester College have learnt of the death of Sister Benedicta, a member of the Sisters of the Love of God, an Anglican religious community based in Oxford, and an Emeritus Fellow of the College.

Sister Benedicta was a theologian and historian of early Christian spirituality, and particularly known for her research on the Desert Fathers, popularizing the collection known as the Apophthegmata Patrum. She also wrote extensively on Anselm of Canterbury and Bede.

She was for many years an integral part of our Theology teaching team, and a much-loved tutor, advisor, and mentor.

The Rev Robin Hanford (PGDip Theology 2020) writes: ‘Reading Ward’s translation of The Prayers and Meditations of St. Anselm was one of the highlights of my studies at Harris Manchester College. I know her life and works will have touched the lives of many.’

The Principal, Professor Jane Shaw, writes, ‘We were so fortunate to have Benedicta as a member of our community of scholars, and her wisdom and friendship will be much missed by so many of us. We offer our thanks for all that she gave to Harris Manchester College.’