Gemma lives as a missionary, relying on God’s providence and working with various projects across the Catholic Church. Her particular areas of expertise are discipleship formation and spiritual accompaniment.
She is also currently studying for an MA in Theology from the University of Chichester and is planning to write her dissertation on Theology of the Body as the key to understanding and facing suffering and adversity.
“It took a long time after first hearing ToB for it to really take root in my life, but slowly opening my heart to the Lord and His truth, as spoken by St John Paul II, has transformed the way I see and understand myself, others and the world around me. The bigger picture gives my life and my experiences context, and shows a clear way forward in how to live a life of purpose and love.”
Esther has a BA in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University and a postgraduate certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Having practiced as a therapist prior to having children, she now works for theASCENT youth ministry and is a full time Mum to Tobias.
Esther has previously been part of the blog team for Chastity Project, and completed two years of formation and mission with Sion Community.
“Theology of the Body has taught me to embrace my identity as a woman - in my femininity, body image, and motherhood (both physical and spiritual) - which I’d spent years rejecting in different ways. I understand why God made me!”
Matt is an RE teacher in a Catholic High School, having studied Law at university and spent 3 years as Youth Missionary with Sion Community.
He has a particular passion for communicating, defending and passing on the faith - particularly with young people - as well as lots of reading, sports and music.
“ToB for me has given me a real sense of what it is to be a human being, in its entirety. It has given me a language to understand, love, and accept myself and others. It challenges me to see both myself and others as ‘holy ground’ on which I should tread carefully.”