Two Pioneer Women of Faith

i) Julian of Norwith
In the 14th and 15th Centuries, in a cell attached to the riverside church of St. Julian in Norwich, lived an anchorite who we know as Mother Julian. She was the first women to write a book in English and it is still print!

Anna Dimascio

The Revelations of Divine Love is  a spiritual classic with theological ideas that still surprise and challenge.  Anna Dimascio’s study for glass doors (above) is a reflection on Mother Julian’s words ” Our beloved mother, Jesus, feeds us with himself.”

ii) Edith Cavell
Edith Cavell, who is buried at Norwich Cathedral  , was a pioneer nurse and educator who grew up in Swardeston Vicarage.  Shot for helping allied prisoners escape from occupied Belgium during the First World War,  she remembered is as a saint, as much for her manner of death, as for a life well lived.

Brian Whelan – Passion of Edith Cavell

Reflecting on life and death in her, on the night before she was executed, she realised that “ patriotism is not enough. I must have no hate or bitterness for anyone.”  

There is an Edith Cavell Pilgrimage trail  linking Swardeston Vicarage with the Cathedral.


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