Bishop Alan Hopes paid tribute to existing co-ordinator, Dr Bonnie, who will be finishing her work after four years in the role.
“Under her guidance and enthusiasm this work, and especially that of marriage preparation, has gone from strength to strength,” said Bishop Alan. “She has also been responsible for setting up the Listening and Prayer ministry in the Diocese which is a very exciting development.”
A medical doctor by training, Antonia has been involved in the area of marriage and family life within the Diocese for nearly a decade, volunteering on both the Marriage and Family Life Commission and delivering marriage preparation courses in the Cambridge Deanery.
“I have also had a long standing interest in fertility awareness methods, having taught for many years and having taken up the post of Fertility Awareness Methods Co-ordinator for the Diocese earlier this year.
“On behalf of the Diocese, I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to my predecessor and friend Bonnie for all the hard work and successes of her four years in this position.
“As MFL Co-ordinator I intend to continue and grow the Diocese’s solid programme of marriage preparation, as well as events such as the popular annual Marriage Mass and Men’s Day.
“In addition we will be aiming to grow some of our more recent initiatives such as the Infertility and Baby Loss Mass, as well as the Diocese’s new Prayer and Listening Ministry. We would like to set up a Parish Reps system throughout the Diocese as well as other initiatives to support families and marriages.
“I would welcome any feedback, suggestions or comments, or if you would like to volunteer to support any of these initiatives,” said Antonia.
Antonia will be visiting the Deaneries over the coming year to make herself known. You can contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org