Here is an introduction to the members of the newly-formed Caritas East Anglia team.
Fr John Warrington: is a priest of the Diocese of East Anglia and was ordained in 1993 in his home parish of the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich. He was involved in establishing Caritas East Anglia following the Alive in Faith fundraising campaign across the diocese. He says; “I have always been committed to social outreach and have been involved in various parishes in the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society. In my work as a school chaplain in Peterborough and Ipswich in primary and secondary schools the importance of Catholic Social Teaching has been at the heart of much of my ministry.”
Jacinta Welch: having grown up in East Anglia, went to Heythrop College in London to study Philosophy and Theology. On her return to Norwich she hoped to find a job that would make a difference’ in the world. Life events prevented that, but she says: “I always had concern for justice and peace. I began buying fairly-traded goods as a student and from 1997 I’ve been a Fairtrader for Traidcraft.
“In 2018 I began working as the Diocesan Representative for the Medaille Trust, a Catholic charity providing safe housing for victims of human trafficking. This work has taken me around the diocese, giving talks and Mass appeals on behalf of the charity. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know clergy and laity who share my concern for these people, who have been treated in the most inhumane ways. I’m excited now to be adding to this work since being appointed as the Caritas Development Worker for our diocese. I’m meeting people who are doing amazing work across East Anglia in supporting the poor and the marginalised and I’m looking at ways for us to expand that work, to give Christ’s love to all our sisters and brothers in need, whoever they may be.”
In her parish, St George in Norwich, she is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, a Cantor and a member of the music group. She is also part of the Proclaim team, looking at ways in which we can ‘go out to the whole world and proclaim the good news’.
Rev John Bell: is Chair of the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission and a Deacon in St Philip Howard parish in Cambridge. He is a retired academic. His ministry involves chaplaincy in Addenbrooke’s Hospital and in the Arthur Rank Hospice.
Professionally he maintains close links with research organisation in the European Union.
Rev Tony Felton: is an ordained Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of East Anglia and was a member of the Diocesan Commission for Social Concern before it was replaced by Caritas.
As a working accountant for over 60 years he is currently the Administrator for the St Edmunds Fund, the Diocesan Charity that helps those in financial difficulty.
Jane Crone: is East Anglia’s Community Participation Coordinator for CAFOD in the Diocese of East Anglia, 07779 804252 email@example.com, CAFOD is the international development agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. For over 60 years we have worked with local organisations across Africa, Asia and Latin America to help build a better world for people living in extreme poverty – and make sure no one is beyond reach. CAFOD is supported by parishes, schools and individuals across the country through prayer, giving, volunteering and campaigning.
Jane has an MA in Pastoral Theology from Heythrop College and is a parishioner of Clare Priory.
Hugh de Las Casas: spent his working life making television programmes. On retiring, he became involved with sailing for the disabled and was a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for this work.
Since then, he has been actively involved at Emmaus Norfolk and Waveney as a trustee. He was also a founder trustee and chair of Community Chaplaincy Norfolk. He is actively involved with prison visiting at Hollesley Bay.
He lives near Aldeburgh, on the Suffolk coast. He walks, reads, writes bad poetry and is learning traditional woodcarving.
Gerald Fox: spent most of my working life in horticultural supply hardware and seeds. He had a Catholic education and has always been involved with the church. He is a volunteer at the Ely foodbank. As well as being on the parish committee, he is also on the local parish CAFOD committee.
He married late in life to Stella whom he met whilst working with the Diocese pilgrimage in Lourdes. They are regular participants in the diocesan twinning with Cambodia.
Matthew Fernandez-Graham: is the Director of Finance and Resources for the Diocese of East Anglia. He is a qualified chartered accountant. He is also a trustee of the Walsingham Trust.
He and his family worship at St John the Baptist Cathedral parish in Norwich.
Peter Godfrey: who represents the Catenian Association, is a member of Norwich and District Circle. He is also a Director of St John the Baptist Multi Academy Trust.
He has experience in governance from the St John the Baptist Multi Academy Trust and from the senior positions he has held for his employers.
Peter is still in full-time employment with RSK ADA Ltd as a consultant to the chemical industry advising on regulatory compliance.
Peter’s Parish is Our Lady and St Joseph’s Cromer and Sheringham, where he is fully involved in the Parish.
David Livesey: who is the administrator of Caritas East Anglia, is a retired academic. For the past 15 years, he has been using his experience of governance, gained in senior leadership roles in the University of Cambridge, as currently:
- chair of the trustees of the Cambridge City Foodbank and of the Friends of Fulbourn Hospital and the Community – a mental health charity supporting patients and their carers of the local mental health NHS trust for which he is also an associate hospital manager
- trustee and former chair of Citizens Advice Cambridge
- vice-chair of the Walsingham Trust
Otherwise he swims, reads and is still trying to learn Welsh and has been a parishioner at OLEM, Cambridge, for over 50 years.
Hamish MacQueen: is the Director of Youth Service for the Diocese of East Anglia. He originally studied for a degree in nursing but after graduation was drawn more to youth ministry. He toured full time with Catholic rock band ‘Revelation’ before working for the YMCA in Norfolk with homeless 16 – 18 year olds. He then worked as a youth worker for the Archdiocese of Birmingham before taking up his current position.
In his spare time, he still likes to play music and gigs occasionally.
Bernard Shaw: is Secretary of the Justice & Peace Commission, representing the Commission on the National Justice & Peace Network. He is also Treasurer of the East
Anglia Central Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society and has recently taken on the same role for St Laurence’s Conference.
A parishioner of St Philip Howard, he is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, CAFOD contact with a particular concern for campaigns and Traidcraft Fair Trader, also active within the Cambridge Justice & Peace group.
Teresa Wiseman: of Our Lady and Saint Thomas of Canterbury in Wymondham, has been a member of the Catholic Women’s League for over 40 years and currently holds the office of East Anglia Branch President, a Trustee on the National Board and a representative on the Caritas Committee.
As an active member of the parish she co-organises and manages a Community Kitchen and Fridge. Other roles include the Missio Representative and chair of the Parish Council.
Clive Sheridan: to come