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Bonnie is new Marriage and Family Life Co-ordinator

Cambridge University academic and author Dr Bonnie Lander Johnson is the new Marriage and Family Life Co-ordinator for the Diocese of East Anglia.

Bonnie (pictured above) has taken over from Kerry Urdzik, who has left her role after five years of service to the families of East Anglia. Kerry is moving to the United States with her husband and seven children.

Bishop Alan thanked her for the formidable work she has achieved, especially in the areas of marriage preparation, at the Marriage and Family Life Mass held at St John’s Cathedral on June 16.

Bonnie is a Fellow and Director of Studies in English at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge. She has joint British and Australian citizenship as she was born in Australia to British parents.

She returned to the UK to go to Oxford University where she married and started a family. She went on to take a doctorate in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at Oxford University and then taught at Cambridge University for the last seven years.

Bonnie said: “I’m thrilled to be working for the diocese and for Bishop Alan. Kerry has done wonderful work in the last five years and I look forward to developing this further. The Commission continues to oversee marriage preparation throughout the diocese, to offer talks and training on John Paul II’s theology of the body, to offer instruction in fertility awareness methods, and to liaise with the diocesan schools and youth commissions on matters relating to the education and moral formation of young people in East Anglia.”

The author of Chastity in Early Stuart Literature and Culture, Bonnie will be maintaining a small teaching and administrative role at Cambridge alongside her diocesan work and continuing to write, but with more focus on literature and politics that relate to the church. She writes for the Catholic Herald and is currently working on a book about 20th century Catholic mothers and writers in England.

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