I trained for Ordained ministry in England at Queen's Foundation, Birmingham. I valued living and studying in a city known for its diversity in terms of different cultures and faith groups. I was chosen to be the Student to spend a Term in South India at the Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary which was both enriching and challenging. I was Ordained as a Priest in the Church of England in 2006 and served my Curacy in Birmingham Diocese. 2016 marks ten years of experience as a Hospital Chaplain and I trained for the role in the Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies. I have been a Chaplain in Northampton and in Newcastle Upon Tyne before returning for family reasons to N.Ireland in 2014.
I am now Chaplain to Belfast City Hospital and the Mater Hospital - I have returned 'home' to my roots as I am Belfast born!
Hospital Chaplaincy is about 'being in the moment' in your encounters with staff, patients and relatives. I relish it because each day can be very varied and unpredictable - who you may meet or where you may be called to.
Prior to Ministry, I was a Nurse and trained in 1983 in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. I left N Ireland in 1988 and specialised in cancer and palliative care nursing, working in various roles in Scotland and N.E. England.
I enjoy working for the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and being part of an ecumenical team in today's NHS. To refresh you will find me hill walking, enjoying time with family/ friends, singing in a choir, writing poetry....