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Information about the Department and the Pastoral Board


Head of Department - The Rt Revd Bernard Longley, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster
Bernard Longley studied at the Royal Noprthern College of Music and New College, Oxford. He was ordained to the priesthood in December 1981 at St John's Seminary, Wonersh and was assistant priest at St Joseph's, Epsom and Chaplain to the Psychiatric Hospitals. He was appointedthe Surrey Chairman of the Diocesan Commission for Christian Unity in 1991 and appointed National Ecumenical Officer at the Catholic Bishops' Conference in 1996. In 1999, he was Moderator of the Steering Committee of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and appointed Assistant General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference with responsibility for Ecumenism and Inter-Faith Affairs. He was ordained Bishop on the 24th January 2003.

Director - Edmund Adamus
Edmund was Development Coordinator for the Conference of Religious before taking up his appointment with the Diocese in February 2004. He has worked in various pastoral situations including school, university, hospital and prison chaplaincy. From 1995-99, he served the Salford diocese in full time administration, including recruitment and supervision of RE inspectors. Edmund has been a qualified Lay Inspector for Ofsted since 1993. In 1999 he graduated with an MA from the Maryvale Institute in Personal, Moral and Spiritual Development, specialising in the pastoral care of marriage and the formation of young people.

Administration Officer - Catherine MacGillivray
Catherine was an administrator for a variety of organisations including schools and an examinations board until she undertook a complete career change to become a registered general nurse in orthopaedics, oncology and hospice care for ten years, before moving back into administration to run the office of an educational charity. She joined the At Your Word, Lord team as its administrative officer when the diocesan programme for parish renewal took off, moving from there to the Pastoral Affairs Department as the programme drew to a close. She has a particular interest in supporting marriage and family life.


The Pastoral Board consists of the following members. The Board meets 5 times a year, every two months with a gap in August.  Meetings for 2006 include 13th June, 12th September,  5th December.

Helen Baly
Helen Baly was born in 1962 and educated at St Mary's RC High School, Hereford and St David's, Brecon, Wales . She attended Herefordshire Technical College and obtained a BEC National Diploma in Financial Studies.

She worked as a Boarding Mistress at St Teresa's, Surrey and completed a 4 year Teacher Training College course at St Mary's, Strawberry Hill gaining a BA(QTS) degree. She has taught at Bishop Douglass RC School, East Finchley and Notre Dame Senior School as Head of Religious Studies During her teaching career, she was a Prison Volunteer working in HMP Wormwood Scrubs, HMP Holloway and HMP Send.

She is now a full time RC Chaplain at HMP Wormwood Scrubs and also in her last year of an MA course in Chaplaincy Studies.

Marcia Jaques
Marcia Jaques was born in Manchester in 1943. She gained a BA(Hons) in Economics at Manchester University in 1965. She is married to Geoffrey -now a Registrar in Bankruptcy of the High Court and they have 4 grown up children.

She has done various voluntary work, including working for the CAB and parent teacher groups, and belonged to various women's groups including the CWL and the National Council of Women. She was a School Governor of The Granville School, Sevenoaks -a prep. school- and St Leonard's-Mayfield and St Edmunds, Ware.

She is now a JP on the West London Bench having been appointed in Sevenoaks in 1981. She now sits on the Adult Bench but has sat on the Juvenile Bench in the past. She was also on the Inner London Probation Board before it was abolished. She was involved in the original research for the Pastoral Board and sat on it from its inception. She works 2 days a week for her father-in law doing the wages and looking after the cottages on his estate.

Margaret Dixon
Margaret graduated in Modern Languages from St. Annes College, and taught French in London. She married John, whom she had met whilst in Oxford, and with him taught English for five years in Italy.

On their return to England, she worked at Leeds Polytechnic (now Leeds Metropolitan University) as a translator and teacher of Italian. She moved to the Modern Languages department of St. Josephs College, Bradford, and then to St. John Fishers High School, Harrogate as Head of Modern Languages.

She was appointed as one of the two Vice Principals of the proposed St. Charles Sixth form College in 1989. Together with the Principal, they worked on the building, staffing and equipment of the college, which opened in September 1990.

Margaret became the first lay head of Our Ladys Convent High School, Stamford Hill in January 1994, where she remained until her retirement from full time work in December 2003.

Margaret and John have four children. Sarah, a consultant paediatrician, married to Rob, a consultant in paediatric haematology, Catherine, who runs a translation agency with her husband Peter, Sean, a senior registrar in orthopaedic surgery, married to Polly, senior registrar in general surgery, and Benedict, a journalist, married to Louise, who is a professional cellist. They have seven grandchildren.

John Dumbrell M.Sc. (Eng)
John Dumbrell was born in 1937, and was educated at Mayfield College in Sussex and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. On leaving the Army in 1978, John joined British Gas eventually becoming the Managing Director of British Gas in Germany, living in Berlin for two years. On his return to the UK, John was loaned to the Department of Trade and Industry as an Export Promoter for three years finally retiring from British Gas in 1996. For the last few years he has been running his own consultancy business.

He worked on a part time, voluntary basis, for the West Area Bishop, Patrick O'Donaghue, for two years.

He is an active Rotarian and supports several charities. He is married with 3 grown up children.

Fr Jim Kennedy
Jim Kennedy was born in 1943 and ordained on May 18th 1980.

He was assistant priest at Copenhagen Street and also at Duncan Terrace. In 1983 he became part of the team ministry in Poplar with responsibility for the Isle of Dogs. He specialized in drugs work in 1985 and 1986 at Copenhagen Street. He was a late vocation, having spent his early life in 'the Media' as writer, producer, director and incredibly bad actor. He was received into the Church in 1970. During his time, he worked on Holiday's for those with Special Needs, which became the St. Joseph Centre in Hendon. He painted the corridors of London Colney and also worked in Youth clubs as a youth leader, and helped run Holidays to Ireland.

He used to give talks on Drug programmes and how parishes might respond to such problems, this was the forerunner of the Cardinal Hume Centre. Currently he chairs the Islington Standards Committee and is involved in Regeneration and its application to Local Communities. He has been involved in Emergency Procedures for London since the King's Cross Underground Fire in 1987.

He was the initiator of various Partnerships within the Community, Voluntary and Faith Communities, together with the 'Model' Partnerships for Youth work. He is a chaplain to the Local police.

Margaret-Ann Fisken
Margaret-Ann Fisken is the Chair of the Catholic Association for Racial Justice. She is a barrister-at-Iaw with a particular interest in immigration and asylum legislation. She is a member of the policy team of the Office of Refugee Policy at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and is a member of Caritas Europa Migration Commission in Brussels. Margaret-Ann is also a trustee of the Catholic Children's Society (Westminster) and the DePaul Trust. She is married with two children, Alexander (12) and Katrina (11).

Sr Sheila Sumner
A retired secondary School Teacher in Hackney and former Provincial of the Servite Sisters, she has worked for the Diocese in the Department of Pastoral Affairs for 3 years. She was a member of the Think Tank set up by Bishop Arthur Roche and is currently Chair of the Cardinal Hume Centre and of a Primary School in Chelmsford.

Mark Conrad Brenninkmever
Mark Brenninkmeyer was born in Birmingham in 1953.He was educated at Stonyhurst and gained a BA at the City University and, later, an MBA from Babson College, Boston, USA. He is married with 4 children and retains his Dutch nationality.

He is currently the Chairman of Matlock Bank in London. He worked both in America and the UK, having been Group Executive with Amcena (Retail) and President of Maurices ARG (Retail) in the USA, Chairman of C&A United Kingdon (Retail), CEO of Laroque and Chairman of ESS(Miscellaneous) in the UK.

He is a member of St Joseph's Pastoral Centre Advisory Board and a member of the School of Mission Advisory Board.

Sr Brigid Collins
Brigid Collins was in born Co. Clare, Ireland, and educated at St. Mary's Secondary School, Co. Waterford. She made her novitiate with the Mercy Sisters in Harewood Ave., London.

Her Pastoral Work in Paddington involved preparation for First Communion and Confirmation. She obtained a Nursery Nursing Qualification and then worked in Local Authority Nurseries for 15 years. In 1999 she became Parish Sister in St John's Wood doing catechetical and pastoral work. This included Mothers and Toddlers Clubs, Ecumenical Over Fifties Club and Prayer Group, a Youth Mercy Associate Group and an adult Mercy Associate Group and the local UCM. She completed a Bereavement Training course and assisted with fund raising in the Parish.

Brigid has been Involved in the UCM since early 70's both in organising speakers, meetings and arranging pilgrimages both abroad and at home. She served as Diocesan Secretary for 5 years and as National Coordinator of the Walsingham Pilgrimage for over 2 years. At present she is the Recruitment Officer for Westminster Diocese, which involves speaking on the role of the UCM in various churches throughout the Diocese.

She attended the WUCWO Conference in Rome and now appointed as International Officer for WUCWO.

Bwalya Kangwa
Bwalya Kangwa was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia but is a Zambian. She has a degree in Business Administration and is currently working towards obtaining a professional financial qualification. She has been working in IT for several years and is currently working for Ample Investments in Chiswick. Prior to that she worked for Best International in the City.

Bwalya is an active member of pastoralboard.html her local parish, an RCIA catechist and an AYWL core community member. She has started the Young Adults group in the parish and is the Young Adults Deanery Representative.

Fr Philip Miller
Prior to the seminary, Philip had completed a BA in Physics and a PhD in radio-astronomy at Cambridge; he then studied for the priesthood in the Venerable English College, Rome, '93-'99. His parental home in in St Albans, Hertfordshire, where he was ordained in September 1999.

Since March 2002 he has been the Catholic Chaplain at the Royal London & St Bartholomew's hospitals, in the City & East End of London, and lives in the parish of Poplar. From Sept '99 to March 2002, he was one of the curates in the parish of Enfield in N. London.

Contact details:

Catherine MacGillivray
Administration Assistant
Telephone: 020 7931 6064

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