Marian Partington’s sister, Lucy, was received into the Catholic Church in November 1973 whilst an undergraduate at Exeter University. Five weeks later she ‘disappeared’ and nothing was heard for twenty years. In 1994 Marian became a Quaker. Shortly after this significant moment in Marian’s life, the remains of her sister Lucy were unearthed and she became labelled as of the twelve victims of Fred and Rosemary West. Each victim had died in the most brutal and tortured way.
During a talk at St. David’s Cathedral on Wednesday 9 November, Marian will share something of her narrative towards healing. She will speak of her long,complex and ongoing journey of faith as she searches for meaning,compassion,reconciliation and peace without denying the reality of human atrocity. She has learnt more of what it means to be human,to face her own roots of violence and recognise her own need for forgiveness,trust,hope and love.
Marian Partington is the author of the acclaimed Guardian essay ‘Salvaging the Sacred’. Her most recent book ‘If You Sit Very Still’ was chosen by Archbishop Rowan Williams as his Book of the Year for 2012. Since 2004,she has worked in prisons and schools as a story teller and facilitator for the Forgiveness project. (www.theforgivenesssproject.com)
‘Can there be Mercy after Murder’
A talk by Marian Partington at The Cornerstone by St. David’s at 1.15pm on Wednesday 9 November
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