Christine arrives on the Scene!

Christine will be supporting the parishes in their youth ministry, particularly in youth groups, but also liaising with schools and other groups in the diocese.

Westminster Youth Ministry's newest recruit - Christine Sterlini
Westminster Youth Ministry’s newest recruit – Christine Sterlini

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.