Five minutes with…Kath

Date Published: 04 Sep 2023
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Our ‘Five minutes with…’ series gives you the chance to meet some of the people who make up our Caritas community.   

Here, Kath, our formation coordinator, tells us more about her work and what she loves most about our local area…  


Tell us about your role… 

I have the privilege of working with our diocesan schools and parishes, groups and individuals to form them in the principles and themes of Catholic Social Teaching, enabling and supporting them in putting their faith into action in practical ways which make a difference out in their own communities and in line with Pope Francis’ vision for us to be missionary disciples. 


How long have you worked with Caritas Salford and why did you decide to come and work here? 

I first got to know Caritas when I was a high school Lay Chaplain and we appointed student Caritas Ambassadors. Since then, I always felt a connection with Caritas and so, five years ago, when I happened to spot a vacancy for a Trainer in Catholic Social Teaching, I felt compelled to apply. 


What’s the best thing about working at Caritas? 

Sharing the journey with inspiring colleagues in a supportive environment with a commitment to providing the best service to people we possibly can. 


What’s the best thing about working in your role? 

Encountering so many people from all walks of life, of all ages, each with their own story to tell and gifts to share in order make the world a fairer place for all. 


Caritas is a charity. What’s it like working for a charitable organisation? 

It’s really satisfying to work for an organisation which aligns with my personal values and seeks to make a positive difference. 


What surprised you about working here that you didn’t expect? 

Before I joined Caritas, I hadn’t appreciated just how much Caritas does! 


What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work? 

Spending time with my family; walking our dog; travelling to new places; new experiences.  


What’s your favourite thing(s) to do in Greater Manchester or Lancashire (in the Diocese of Salford)? 

I love the contrast in our diocese. There is something to suit every mood! Our towns and cities have a lot to offer and still manage a nod to their past rooted in the heart of the Industrial Revolution. Probably my favourite thing though is to walk my dog around Ogden reservoir with the backdrop of the Pennines all around us and no sound of traffic. It has a rugged beauty about it in all weathers.  


What three words best describe you? 

I’d like to hope that on a good day I’m considerate, compassionate and conscientious.  


How would you sum up the difference your work makes in a sentence? 

It gives people of all ages the opportunity to grow as social justice activists within their own communities, putting love and faith into action and accompanying people for as long as they need it. 

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