We're delighted to welcome a new minister to the team at St Mary's.
Caroline Shuttleworth will be ordained as deacon in St Paul's Cathedral on 2 July and will begin her curacy at St Mary's at our services on Sunday 3 July.
She writes, "One of the first churches I visited when I came to London aged 18 was St Mary’s. I was doing my nurse training and finding my feet in the big city, very grateful for a friendly church! I started my working life nursing, specializing in Intensive Care and Coronary Care. After taking a break to do something completely different studying medieval history, I found myself back in Islington. I spent many happy years at St Mungo’s Housing Charity in Barnsbury Road working in a residential community for men and women who had been homeless and had mental health difficulties. I learnt a great deal about myself during that valuable experience."
We're looking forward to Caroline joining our team and know that she will draw on her extensive experience, which includes work at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation, training therapists.
Caroline is married to Donald, who works as a musician and music therapist, and they have a teenage son, Joe.
She writes, "I had an ill spent youth watching a lot of films and like anything to do with stories – cinema, theatre and books. I like walking and cats, and appreciate any opportunity for a cup of tea. I am still hoping that I might learn how to dance Lindy Hop. I think I am a City person at heart. I enjoy urban life and even rush hour tube trains don’t seem so bad. But for refreshment I often spend time on Iona in the Western Isles. I am very much looking forward to joining St Mary’s as a Deacon."