Wendy Beckett Bio, Wendy Beckett Wiki
Wendy Beckett Bio: Wendy Beckett 25 February 1930 – 26 December 2018, better known as Sister Wendy, was a British religious sister, hermit, consecrated virgin, and art historian who became well known internationally during the 1990s when she presented a series of documentaries for the BBC on the history of art. Her programmes, such as Sister Wendy’s Odyssey and Sister Wendy’s Grand Tour, often drew a 25 percent share of the British viewing audience. In 1997, Sister Wendy made her U.S. debut on public television and that same year The New York Times described her as “a sometime hermit who is fast on her way to becoming the most unlikely and famous art critic in the history of television.” As of September 2018, segments of these shows are still being aired on some PBS channels in the U.S.
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Wendy Beckett was born in South Africa and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, where her father was studying medicine. In 1946, Wendy Beckett entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, a Roman Catholic congregation of Religious Sisters dedicated to education. She was sent to England where Wendy Beckett completed her novitiate and then studied at St Anne’s College, Oxford where she was awarded a congratulatory first class honors degree in English Literature.
Outside her academic work, Wendy Beckett lived in a convent which maintained the strict code of silence typical in convents prior to the reforms following the Second Vatican Council (1962–65). After attending the Notre Dame College of Education (Liverpool) and earning a teaching diploma in 1954, Wendy Beckett returned to South Africa to teach at Notre Dame Convent, a school for girls in Constantia, Cape Town, where she taught English and Latin. Later Wendy Beckett moved to Johannesburg where she was appointed the superior of the local convent, while she also lectured at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Wendy Beckett Views on Same-sex marriage
In 2007 Wendy Beckett was asked, “You’ve spoken out about gay marriage. How do you balance what you believe with what you have sworn to uphold?” Wendy Beckett replied:
I believe in loyalty. We should respect our church, but never believe that the church has the last word. The church is saying ‘this’, but I believe that sooner or later ‘this’ will change. ‘This’ is not the mind of our Lord. God is all love. It’s a delicate balancing thing. The Church has changed its position over the years, and because the spirit is with the Church, in the end the Church will always get it right. But in the end. The spirit of the Church is the meaning of love, which hasn’t yet, perhaps, been fully understood.”
Beckett died on 26 December 2018 at the Carmelite Monastery in Quidenham, Norfolk. She was 88.