I was born in England in 1956, moving to Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) when my father was transferred. I spent a very happy and carefree childhood in Harare attending the Dominican Convent School. We spent our holidays travelling round the country or at the seaside in Mozambique. When I left school, I went to college to do a diploma in business studies.
I then moved to Cape Town in South Africa and worked for a firm of accountants for 2 years earning money to travel to Europe which I did for a year. I really enjoyed this but ended up doing 6 months temping in order to earn enough money to return to South Africa.
I met and married Patrick my husband and we have had three lovely children. With my husband's job we returned to London.
I am very involved with my Parish and have encouraged my daughters to be altar servers and my son is a minister of Communion and I am involved in the justice and peace group as well as on the social committee and help with the Beavers.
I work for Housetop because I want the Church to be alive and vibrant for my children and future generations, then it is essential for ordination to the priesthood to be open to all who are called by God.
My work for the web site consists in obtaining permission for articles and books to be allowed to be entered on to the website. To hunt down copyright permission is quite a task for fairly recent books and periodicals. For older books and manuscripts the regulations can be a nightmare! Slowly over time I have built up a log of granted permissions from authors.
I also have responsibility for preparing and sending out our regular electronic newsletter bye-mail to about 600 people on our list. It is quite a task trying to keep up with people changing their e-mails without letting us know. These newsletters always seem to produce some nice interesting responses that I try and answer or pass on to another team member for answering.
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