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Following in the footsteps of Henri J. M. Nouwen and Brother Roger of Taize
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After a journalistic life with the BBC, Michael Ford became a specialist in the work of Henri J. M. Nouwen, the international pastoral theologian and prolific author. After meeting the spiritual writer, he became the first student in Europe to research a doctorate on Nouwen, the subject of his first biography, 'Wounded Prophet.' Now, as well as being a full-time author, he is an ordained minister on the margins working across the denominational divide.
Michael trained as a journalist in South Wales, spent his early years on newspapers and worked as a researcher on This is Your Life. He then read for a degree in theology and religious studies, specialising in the Christian mystical tradition, medieval art and Thomas Merton - all Nouwenesque areas of interest. He is the author/editor of a range of books which blend journalism with ancient and contemporary spiritual insights, including 'Father Mychal Judge: An Authentic American Hero', 'Spiritual Masters for All Seasons' and 'Becoming the Presence of God.'
As well as reporting on many major news events over the years (including the growth of Islamic fundamentalism in Turkey, 9.11 and the assassination of the Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin), Michael has particularly valued the opportunity to meet and interview people from a broad range of human situations including one of the miners who survived 69 days trapped underground in Chile, a couple who lost their daughter in the primary school shootings in Scotland and the monk who became the spiritual confidant to South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko.
His interests include the Russian spiritual tradition, art, the cinema, travel, animal welfare and many expressions of music from Bach to the Electric Light Orchestra.
With Brother Roger of Taizé in Burgundy
Meeting French film actress Juliette Binoche in Paris to hear about the influence of Taizé on her life
On location in Connecticut with Mother Dolores Hart. A Benedictine prioress, she is a former Hollywood actress who starred with Elvis Presley
'Career and vocation are not mutually exclusive ... a career disconnected from a vocation divides' (Henri Nouwen, Compassion).