I am from Geelong, Australia. While I grew up a Catholic, went to Catholic schools growing up and worked with the Marist Brothers in youth ministry in my early twenties, it wasn’t really until I met my atheist husband that my commitment to my faith became a real fire within. The experience of having to articulate my faith and the Catholic religion to someone who was a complete outsider ensured I had to also think carefully about and work out how I could believe in something that was so undefinable yet so intrinsic to my sense of self.
Through my work with Edmund Rice Education Australia, I support schools striving to authenticity as Catholic schools in the Edmund Rice tradition. As the leader of EREA’s Justice and Peace Framework, I challenge school leaders to form their students to seek a better world for all. I have completed a M.A. in Theology through the University of Divinity focusing on moral theology, sexuality and the human person. I am a founding member of a fledgling group of lay women called The Sophia Circle who met at an Edwina Gateley retreat in New Zealand and have met regularly since to journey in faith together and provide retreat experiences to other Australian women with leaders such as Edwina.
My husband was in fear and awe when we attended my daughter’s first reconciliation – his first time in a Catholic church. In the years since we’ve been married, he has encouraged and supported my journey in studying Religious Education and Theology as well as my journey into Catholic school leadership. With this atheist husband at my side, I am living my vocation to seek a better world for all as my response to God’s love.