Carol Ann’s first career was in primary school teaching, but with the arrival of her family, her attention turned to parish catechesis. With nearly 35 years’ continuous experience in this field, she has worked with all age groups from the youngest to the oldest in all forms of catechesis, including
preparation for the Sacraments, RCIA and ongoing formation for both adults and children.
Her dissertation for her master’s degree in Catechesis and Religious Education was on the formation needs of the parish catechist and this has been the focus of her professional life since then. After a short spell with a local ecumenical venture which took Bible stories into local primary schools, Carol Ann moved to the Maryvale institute where she ran the Maryvale Catechist Course in both the UK and overseas. In due course she was invited to develop a new catechesis formation programme with the School of the Annunciation, where the emphasis was not on being able to write essays on matters of the Faith, but on being able to sum up the key points of Church teaching to suit both regular parish catechesis and the New Evangelisation.
Carol Ann has worked in a wide range of schools, parishes, universities and in the voluntary sector and has spent much time teaching and forming adults as catechists. She also speaks at conferences and at parish events and is equally comfortable working with adults or with children; helping them to understand their Catholic faith and grow in confidence in passing it on to others. Carol Ann has contributed to various magazines, including the Sower Magazine (Published by Maryvale Institute) and “Faith” Magazine, on a rage of catechetical topics. She has also written articles for the secular press.
Carol Ann is delighted to be working on this new way of bringing an excellent course to a new audience.