I arrived in August in Wimbledon from Australia with my wife Mia and started work as Youth Minister soon afterwards.
I am the youngest of five in a Catholic family in the Melbourne suburb of Kew and my local parish and primary school were also called the Sacred Heart. I attended Xavier College, a boys Jesuit high school, where I learned the Jesuit ethos. After studying physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne I worked in private practice.
I volunteered with Youth Engagement Project linking parishes with young people to discern what is effective and I regards this time as a strong apprenticeship and the foundation for youth ministry. I learnt that an effective youth strategy should comprise a strong vision, empowered teams and a clear pathway showing progression by age.
I feel I have a strong calling to work in youth ministry and believe that my Faith gives me a life and energy that I want bring to others at the most important stage in their development.
I am a life long parishioner having been born in Wimbledon and baptised in Sacred Heart Church. I married David Connolly, also from Wimbledon, in 1971 and we had two daughters, now grown up. Following my husband’s untimely death in 1995 I became involved in parish ministry and worked with Fr Kevin Donovan as his Pastoral Assistant until his death in 2008.
I became a member of the Parish Team when it was inaugurated in 2000 and was the Infant Baptism co-ordinator for about 14 years which gave me the opportunity to get to know numerous families in the parish as each family was visited at home prior to the baptism of their children. I stepped back from the administration side of baptism in 2012 and now enjoy the time, in a pastoral role, to catch up with the many families I have met over the years.
I am an Ursuline Sister and have been in Wimbledon since 1981. I enjoyed a full teaching career working in our schools in Essex, East London and finally here in Wimbledon at the Ursuline Preparatory School. During my years in school I was known as Sister Brendan but reverted to my baptismal name of Dorothy on my retirement. I answer to both!
In September 2000 when the parish team was established comprising the priests of the parish, religious and lay people working together I became one of the team and took on a full time post in the parish.
Over the last 14 years I have had numerous responsibilities mostly with regard to sacramental preparation. My chief interest currently is with the R.C.I.A., Marriage preparation days, parish visiting and being among the people.