Welcome to Cor ad Cor

Leadership through hope, faith and courage


“the fundamental reality is, human beings are not things needing to

be motivated and controlled; we are four dimensional- body, mind,

heart and spirit”

Stephen Covey : Seven Habits of Highly Effective People


“Courage is a heart word - Ordinary courage is about putting our

vulnerability on the line”

Brene Brown


“If we insist on being as sure as is conceivable...we must be content to creep along the ground, and never soar.”

John Henry Newman


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Why Cor ad Cor…

“Cor ad Cor is taken from the motto of the 19th century leader of the Oxford Movement, Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman. He chose ‘Cor ad Cor loquitur’ as his cardinal motto in 1897.

It translates as “heart speaks to heart”. In our society we equate “heart” with love. However, another derivation makes it clear it is associated with courage. The root of the word courage is cor—the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage had a very different definition than it does today. Courage originally meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” This is at the heart of our organisation.

Our ‘Cor ad Cor’ is not about classic action hero courage but in the sense of speaking openly and honestly, professionally and personally, about who we are, how we are feeling and reaching out to others in our vulnerability and humanity.

We could have called ourselves Lionheart but that would miss an important element of Cor ad Cor - human interaction/ personal relationships and the giving of self. Heart speaking to heart.”


Isabelle Boyd, Executive Director, Cor ad Cor