Catherine is a Senior Research Fellow at MBIT. She has a professional background in international development, particularly in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, working both in senior management within CAFOD and VSO and as a freelance consultant to the sector. She has a MA in Leading Innovation and Change and was recently awarded her PhD for researching theologies of ministry among older Roman Catholic sisters in the UK. Catherine was lead researcher on a 2 year project investigating signs of vitality in women’s religious life (see our research page), funded by the Conrad N.Hilton Foundation, and co-wrote the Final Report and Key Findings. She is currently Co-Director the ‘Religious Life Africa: a sustainable future’ – a collaborative project run jointly by the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology and the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University and similarly funded by the Conrad N.Hilton Foundation. Recent roles include: Freelance consultant in international development and organisational development; Accompanying and facilitating women’s religious congregations in visioning and planning processes; Researching the relationship between education and training and ministry and charism in women’s religious congregations in Zambia for the UISF – GHR Foundation Sister Support Initiative (with Fr David Tuohy SJ and Sr Christine Mwale OP).
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