Pope Benedict’s letters, blessing the School, the students, the members and the Founder (see here).
Jean is a French Catholic Theologian, specialised in Spiritual Christian Life, with more than 20 years of experience in the spiritual teaching and formation in the Church. He obtained his Bachelors in Philosophy and his Masters in Spiritual Theology from the Institut Catholique de Toulouse (France), and the Teresianum (Rome). He is presently completing his Ph.D. in Spiritual Theology at the Angelicum (Rome) with Mgr François-Marie Léthel Prelate of His Holiness.
While having many articles and studies on mysticism to his credit, Jean also has several books on meditation that are sold internationally. In 2003, Jean felt compelled by Our Lady to found the “School of Mary”, a catholic school for the teaching of deep Spiritual Life for adults.
Since 1993, Jean has lectured world-wide on spiritual life and meditation, employing his unique ability to unravel and demystify the hidden brilliance of 2000 years of spiritual tradition in a refreshingly modern way. Jean is married and is based in London UK, in the Archdiocese of Westminster.
Rufaro attended the first course run by the School of Mary in the UK in 2007. Together with his wife Leonora, he has since then helped organize several courses in London. He spent over a decade working in the financial sector in London and has recently moved to the US. He has a keen interest in how the Fathers of the Church interpreted the bible and the teaching of Lectio Divina.
Leonora Butau has been involved with the School of Mary since 2013, helping to organize courses, alongside her husband, Rufaro Butau. Leonora has a doctorate in Catholic Bioethics from the University of Surrey, and has lectured in Catholic ethics and spirituality at St. Mary’s University, London for 8 years. She has also worked for Caritas Social Action Network, a charitable agency of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales. She is currently based in the US, where she and her husband look forward to spreading the teachings of the School.
Francesca Crocker is a retired teacher and has been involved with the School of Mary for about six years. She is one of the School’s management team and has helped organise courses. Francesca runs two parish prayer groups where she is trying to implement the School’s teachings in keeping with the evangelical spirit of both the Church and the School of Mary. She finds a great joy in meeting like-minded people seeking to deepen their spiritual life and to be supported by the team and these new friends, all with the same goal in mind of being united in the Lord.