Antoinette is from Ireland. She studied for the Bachelor of Theology for Ministry (BTh).
After many years as a social worker in London, illness forced me to take a change of direction. I decided to follow a path that would combine my interests in people and in theology.
I did an access course at Plater College, Oxford, then spent three years on the BTh course at Margaret Beaufort. My current job resulted directly from my experience at the Institute; at the end of the first year I went on a one-month placement in the local parish, Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge. I loved the work so much that I asked the parish priest if he would consider hiring me after graduation. Much to my surprise he replied immediately and said yes!
I’m still here nearly ten years later. My role dovetails very well with that of the clergy, and there are times when my position as both a woman and a layperson is a positive advantage.
My work evolves from year to year to meet the changing needs of individuals and of the parish. My duties range from adult sacramental preparation, to leading Bible Study groups, to helping plan services for patients with Alzheimer’s. All of this draws on a huge variety of theological and practical skills, honed both at Margaret Beaufort and through my continuing professional development.