We are delighted to announce that the Revd Dr Stephanie Burette has been appointed as LMH’s new Chaplain. Stephanie will take up her post on 1st January 2024.
Stephanie will join us from University College (‘Castle’) at Durham University where she has been Chaplain and Solway Fellow since 2020.
Raised atheist, Stephanie converted to Anglicanism during the course of her PhD. During a term spent researching at Oxford, she was introduced to the beauty of Choral Evensong. Stephanie came to experience academic critical thinking and faith as mutually enriching: finding, in her own words, "that instead of reinforcing dogmas, Chapels were places to wrestle with questions for which answers were unlikely to be simple and easy".
After completing her PhD in French Literature (with a strong emphasis on Art History) in Paris, Stephanie went to seminary at Yale Divinity School. She also trained at Westcott House, Cambridge, and St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge. Before arriving in Durham, she served at St George’s College in Jerusalem and St James Episcopal Church in Florence, Italy. Her academic research focuses on painters wrestling with Christian imagery in the early and mid-20th century.
Stephanie commented, "I am thrilled to be joining LMH: the sense of a caring community is palpable. I am an Anglican priest, but I see it as essential to foster religious literacy and mutual esteem among people of all faiths and none. Given my research interests, walking around LMH is simply enthralling. I cannot wait to get to know each member of the College and contribute, within the Chapel and beyond, to LMH’s wise and bold adventure, which started almost 150 years ago."