Back row, left to right: Geraldine MacCarthy, Angela O’Connor. Front row, left to right: Jean Newbold, Anne Stewart, and Carmel Murtagh (Province Leader).
The leadership team of the European Province is made up of five sisters who, in the words of the Constitutions, provide a pastoral ministry of love and service, combining spiritual leadership and administration.
Some of the words and phrases from the Society’s Constitutions describe what they do: unifying, facilitating growth, promoting the common good and directing resources. In this work they are answerable to both the province and the Society as a whole.
As a registered charity, the Society also has to ensure that all legal and financial regulations are satisfied. However, the emphasis is really on people – the sisters themselves and all those with whom they work. It is a challenging and demanding responsibility and a privilege.
Carmel Murtagh lives in Oxford, England. Prior to taking on the role of province leader she was engaged in other leadership roles in the Society. She has also worked as a School Chaplain and a teacher.
Angela O’Connor co-ordinates the work of the Cherwell Centre in Oxford and is the Provincial Bursar for the European Province.
Geraldine MacCarthy lives in Dublin, Ireland. She is a member of the Stable Lane community. In addition to SHCJ commitments, she is involved in collaborative anti-trafficking efforts and school related activities.
Jean Newbold currently teaches English to refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers at the Cardinal Hume Centre in London and is passionately interested in Incarnational theology.
Anne Stewart lives in Blackpool, where she is very involved in the local church and community. She accompanies SHCJ Associates in the European Province with Sr Angela O’Connor and supports the Step Into the Gap project with colleagues from CAFOD (Catholic Fund for Overseas Development.) She has also worked with the national anti-poverty campaigning organisation Church Action on Poverty. She is also involved in the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults locally and nationally in the Catholic Church in England and Wales.