The Headmaster and Governors are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chaplain. Mother Juliet Donnelly is a member of the Society of Catholic Priests and has worked since 2009 as Chaplain at Bishop Justus School in Bromley. Mother Juliet is a graduate of King’s College, London and a qualified teacher. She trained for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon and was ordained priest in 2006.
Mother Juliet lives in Lewisham, has three children and is married to Father Trevor Donnelly, Team Vicar of The Ascension, Blackheath in the Ravensbourne Team Ministry.
Over the two day appointment process Mother Juliet impressed the panel with her prayerful energy, enthusiasm and her
commitment to celebrating the inclusive and diverse nature of the Trinity Community with the celebration of the Eucharist at its heart.
We are grateful to local clergy and Readers during this time without a chaplain for maintaining our weekly lunchtime Mass, the regular round of worship in the school and for giving pastoral care to staff and pupils. Please pray for Mother Juliet and the school as we prepare for her arrival.
Mother Juliet will begin work at Trinity in the Trinity term this year. A date for her licensing will be announced in due course.
Mother Juliet has answered a few questions to introduce herself:
Have you worked in a school before?
I am currently Chaplain at Bishop Justus
in Bromley and before ordination I was a teacher (RE and Speech and Language).
Which person, living or dead, do you most admire?
Easy, Jesus! We know very little about his life, the gospels give us a tiny window, but the man they depict still surprises and inspires and challenges me.
What is your favourite smell?
The seaside (I grew up in Clacton-on-Sea
What is your favourite word?
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
What is your favourite Bible passage?
Matthew 6: 25-34
is my favourite. It begins ‘do not be anxious’ about food or clothes. Then goes on to describe the ‘birds of the air’ and the ‘lilies of the field ‘ not worrying about what they eat or wear. Finally we are to ‘seek first the kingdom of God’. I believe we work much more effectively when we put God first and stop fretting. Faith and confidence are very important.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Trevor, Iona, Sophia and Dylan (my husband and my children) and God.
What 3 words would your best friend use to describe you?
Enthusiastic. Loving. Interested.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Love is what really matters.