I have worked for the Catholic Church from the age of 13, when I set up and ran the Lambeth Deanery Youth Council in the Diocese of Southwark. I was also a member for the Diocesan Youth Chaplaincy Support Group. After gaining the National Certificate in Youth and Community Work, I became a Deanery Youth Worker for Brentwood Diocese.
Marriage and 4 children followed. Some years later, I returned to study and in 2006, I gained a Diploma in Theology from Lampeter University in Wales. In 2009, I was awarded an MA in Pastoral Theology from St. Mary’s University College, London.
For 10 years I volunteered my services to design, create and install art work for the Rite of Election at St. George’s Cathedral, Southwark and for the annual Day of Celebration at Aylesford.
I currently work as the Administrator for Education for Parish Service in Southwark, and team teach the Evangelisation & Mission module on the Foundation Degree in Pastoral Ministry accredited by St. Mary’s University College.
I have also been employed part-time for the past 5 years by a London parish, where I am responsible for creating and delivering their First Communion programme for children and parents.
My aim is that A Call to Action should become a place where all may be heard and valued, a place where the Spirit’s presence is acknowledged within the sensus fidelium. Lumen gentium 37 says 'The laity should disclose their needs and desires to the pastors with that liberty and confidence which befits the children of God and brothers and sisters in Christ. To the extent of their knowledge, competence or authority the laity are entitled and, indeed, sometimes duty bound, to express their opinion on matters which concern the good of the Church.'
I see A Call to Action as a space where this invitation from the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council could become a reality.