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Aline Reilly

Aline Reilly

I am a very recent addition to the Housetop team which runs the women priests' campaign, having only arrived in England from New Zealand, via South America, in February this year. Already for me there is a sense of "belonging" and "home" in this environment.

My husband Martin and I decided to do our OE (Overseas Experience), as it is called in NZ, at the wonderful age of 60, instead of our early years, which is usual for young ones in NZ. So here we are. Martin is working in central London and commutes each day and I have settled into life in Croxley Green. Having visited Europe two or three times on holiday, it motivated us to want to see more, there is so much beauty and history on this side of the world. While we are here we want to explore as much of Europe as we can.

I was born and bred and grew up in a very strong catholic family environment in Wanganui, NZ. My father was not a catholic, but supported my mother 100% in her endeavours to guide us in the Catholic faith and instil Christian values in us. I met Martin while he was working in Wanganui and we married 37 years ago. We then returned to Wellington, where he was born and lived there for the next 22. During that time we had a family of three sons, Shane, Jarrod and Matthew. Then through Martin's work we were moved to Auckland and have lived there for the last 14 years. We have left two sons in Auckland, and Jarrod has been living and working in London for the last 14 months.

My Catholic faith has always been a very big part of my life and has moulded me into the person I am now. So of course my first port of call when arriving here was to head to weekday Mass. Because of the wonderful kindness and support of some of the parishioners towards a new person on the block, I have now found myself in this very caring environment of Housetop where I am able to support them in their work by scanning books and material which is necessary for the website. Aline Reilly

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