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Penelope Swithinbank

Penelope is an  Anglican priest and an Ignatian- trained Spiritual Director.

She is married to Kim and they live near Bath, where they are enjoying re-tyre-ment! Penelope has her own ministry,  Ministries by Design, which includes writing, speaking and mentoring.                (see headings above)

Penelope and Kim have 3  married children and 6 grandchildren. A third of the family live in Virginia, USA, which means there's always a foot on each side of the Atlantic!  

She loves hiking and walking; reading; the theatre;  and looking after her grandchildren on both sides of the Atlantic.



Trained as an Ignation Spiritual Director, Penelope loves to accompany others on their spiritual journey, and offers mentoring/one-on-one/prayer sessions. This can be as a regular  on-going relationship; or as a one-off session for a specific purpose or need.

Spiritual Direction is the traditional term for walking along side others to help them discern more of what God may be doing in their lives and to respond to him. It is not counselling, therapy or advice! But it is a safe place, with total confidentiality, and many clergy in particular value the opportunity to talk about and pray through either specific situations or their Christian journey in general. It's not limited to clergy and pastors, however, so do get in touch if you would be interested as there are still a few spaces available for individual sessions.



Blogging, Writing & Speaking

BLOGGING: Penelope blogs regularly on this site with a new post coming out about once every six weeks. Sign up on the blog page so that the next one will quietly slip into your inbox and you won't miss reading it.

WRITING: Following the publication of "Women by Design" Penelope has written for various publications, including regular Bible reading notes for Scripture Union's Daily Bread,  and magazines such as Woman Alive.

A SCENT OF WATER -  a  book of daily devotions for the first months after a major bereavement,  is now available to download here.  (or use page heading at the top of this page)

SPEAKING: Penelope has spoken on many retreats, conferences, Quiet Days and church events.  She is available for preaching and teaching, for Women's groups, quiet days, and retreats, both in the UK and also in the USA where Kim and Penelope spend a few weeks several times a year. 

Ministries by Design, Lanston House, Norton St Philip, Bath BA2 7PE