I began working for the Jesuits in Britain in December 2012. I studied social anthropology at the London School of Economics, and then went on to study material anthropology at the University of Oxford. While at university, I began to discern a vocation to ordained ministry in the Church of England and after my university studies, I spent a year working in three parishes in north London, preparing to move back to Oxford to study for ordination. During my year as a pastoral assistant, I made the decision to become a Catholic, and was received into the Church at the end of January 2013, shortly after beginning my job with the Jesuits in Britain. My faith has been central to me for most of my adult life, and working for the Society has given me a context that has enabled me to deepen my faith, as well an environment which has helped me to discern my vocation, now as a Catholic.
Working for the Jesuits in Britain over the past year has been an extraordinary journey, and getting some sense of the global mission of the Society in so many different areas of life has been truly humbling. My work with Pray as you go and Thinking Faith gives me a real sense of participating in the work of the Society, bringing the Gospel to what Pope Francis has referred to as the margins. It’s great to work in an organisation which allows me to bring so much of my previous experience together – my experience in Anglican parishes, as well as my experiences from university studies. The more time I spend working for the Society, and the more Jesuits I meet, the more amazed I am by the range of things Jesuits are involved in, and the more privileged I feel to be involved with the work of the Society.