I am Christina Mottram, a cradle catholic, born in London, went to to St Dominics growing up, then transferred to the Dominicans in Leicester for university chaplaincy, marriage, children’s upbringing.
I had a long career in local government, but I returned to study to do a counselling course, and I discovered a different me. I found my vocation at 50 when I got the job of lay catholic chaplain at my local hospital trust, and I have been fulfilled by 10 years of finding God in so many different people, including my fellow chaplains. Last year I took on a part-time role in the Anglican diocese of Leicester, doing social responsibility support, promoting various aspects of social teaching, on their website and on social media (@LeicestercofeSR) working with various female and male clergy of Leicester cathedral, and seeing life behind the scenes. I have managed to keep within the Church—I am part of the Executive for the National Board of Catholic Women. We moved churches so my husband could continue to provide music in a folk style, when Mass times changed.