Following initial studies in Theology, Music, Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology I acquired a BSc (Hons) in Physics, Mathematics & Engineering followed by a PGCE. I taught and undertook chaplaincy work in various secondary schools between 1975 and 1997 and was also a catechist for parish sacramental programmes and post-baptismal catechesis.
In 2000 I attained an M.Ed. (Distinction) with a dissertation on lay participation in ministry, especially School Chaplaincy. As an executive member of the Association of Catholic Chaplains in Education, I helped research the training needs of school and college chaplains, collated the findings and worked on the 2nd draft of a document to be promulgated by the Bishops of England & Wales. During that time I was part of the team preparing for and leading the annual Conferences of the ACCE.
I also assisted in developing a course for school chaplains as a pathway of the MA at Maryvale Institute. I took part in the course as a mentor and tutor until about 2002.
From 2003 onwards I trained in and worked at marking coursework; initially BA Div. Pathway B and then with FE Certificated courses. I also lectured to FE students on Prayer, Church History and Christology.
‘Can Children learn Science?’ I was part of the team which took part in the 2nd Year of research (1986-7). A joint Glos. & Wilts. LEA venture on the constructivist approach to education. Research published in booklet form January 1988.
In 1993 I was part of a working party in the ACCE seeking to form better guidelines for school and college chaplains. I was also working within my own diocesan chaplaincy team to do the same. The diocesan guidelines were progressing well but the national working party was struggling. I took the diocesan outline to the national group, now associated with the CES, and used the framework to help develop an ACCE document. My work was to define chapters and write up all the content we had prepared. At the 1995 Conference the draft was accepted. It was not yet in a form required for the Bishops’ Conference to adopt it. In 1996 the final version was launched by Cardinal Hume: Chaplaincy, the Change and the Challenge.