Hi everyone, I was brought up in a Catholic family with three brothers and a sister. We were all very sporty and spent most of our weekends and holidays outside playing hockey, swimming and hiking.
I also loved art and it was this that I went on to study at university.
Whilst studying art and design I began to explore my faith more. The more I learnt the more important my faith became and I soon came to the conclusion that I wanted God to be at the core of everything I did. I embarked on an overseas year with the Salesians in Swaziland and then went on to volunteer with the Missionaries of Charity in Culcutta.
When I returned home I discovered that although there is a great physical poverty in other parts of the world, in England there is a great spiritual poverty. I went to SPEC (A Catholic Retreat centre) because I wanted to try and help address this. SPEC was an incredible year and taught me a lot about youth ministry.
I also discovered how open and interested young people were and this made me even more eager to share my somewhat limited knowledge of God. What I hadn’t anticipated was how much this would feed my own faith and how fulfilling the work would be.
Once the year at SPEC had finished I volunteered with L’Arche and then found employment supporting people who have brain injuries.
I have since discovered two of my great passions in life. One is serving my neighbour in a very physical sense (this I find working within the healthcare sector). The other is youth ministry. Though they are so different I find God at the heart of each of them. It is an absolute joy and a real blessing to be able to do both.