Anna, Susan and Oonagh

“The Margaret Beaufort Institute encompasses three of the things closest to my heart: the Catholic Church, education and women. I firmly believe that the work of the Gospel, like the work of politics or law, needs more than goodwill.”

Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC

Dr Anna Abram, Principal

Anna teaches Moral Imagination, Art and Spiritual Formation. Her subject area is ethics and her key specialisms are: moral development, virtue ethics, the relationship between morality and theistic spirituality, theological and global ethics.

Previous roles

  • Head of Pastoral and Social Studies Department, Senior Lecturer in Ethics/Christian Ethics, Heythrop College, University of London
  • Core Lecturer in Moral Theology, Missionary Institute London, Middlesex University

 Other roles

  • Lecturer in ‘Foundations in Philosophy and Moral Theology’ (Permanent Diaconate Formation Programme)
  • Co-editor (together with Janusz Salamon) of Bloomsbury Studies in Global Ethics
  • Associate Editor of Forum Philosophicum (WSFP Ignatianum, Krakow, Poland)
  • Associate Editor of European Journal for Philosophy of Religion (Innsbruck University, Austria)
  • English Language Editor of Spoleczenstwo i Rodzina (Society and Family, John Paul II Catholic University, Lublin, Poland)
  • Member of Editorial Boards: Studia Bobolanum and Family Forum  

 Recent Publications

  • ‘The Eye of Love’: Philosophy, Theology and the Jesuit Tradition (co-ed. with Peter Gallagher SJ and Michael Kirwan SJ), Bloomsbury 2017
  • 'The Maxim of the Moon' and the Lived Experience of Religious Belief: An Ethical Revision of Thornhill-Miller's and Millican's Second Order Religion. European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 8(2016), 239-250
  • ’Moral Imagination and the Art of Solidarity’ in Janusz Salamon (ed.), in Solidarity Beyond Borders: Ethics in a Globalising World (Bloomsbury Studies in Global Ethics), London: Bloomsbury 2015, pp 47-66
  • From 'Lacking' to 'Perfecting' Humanity: Soteriology in Philosophy.  Studia Bobolanum 4 (2015), p. 199-210


"I see theological education as an interactive exchange between different sources of Wisdom, practical spheres of life and each other. Theology, if it is done well, is formative and transformative. It can help us grow morally and spiritually as well as expand the well-being of our local and global world. At the Institute, while attempting to become responsible partakers in the divine life, we engage in complex and open theological thinking. We make Catholic theology relevant. ”