On the 1st December Rev Cartherine Carlyon Starts as New Chaplain for London Diocese
Catherine was ordained priest in the Church of England in 2003. Since 2006 she has been working as the Chaplain among Deaf People in the Diocese of Exeter (Devon) as well as a parish priest of a hearing church, near Exeter. She is a qualified interpreter in English and BSL. Before training as a priest, Catherine worked as a District Nurse in Cornwall where she was brought up. She did her nurse training at St. Bartholomews, Hospital, Smithfield and Homerton Hospital, Hackney in the late 1980’s.
Catherine will start work on 1st December 2014. Her welcome service will probably be on Saturday 6th December in the afternoon. Please book that date in your diary!
A Chaplain is usually a priest who works outside of the traditional church setting, although lay people can be Chaplains too. Most Chaplains work in hospitals, prisons or universities but a Chaplain among Deaf and Deafblind people works among a specific scattered community who have a common cultural and linguistic identity through a shared experience of Deafness. Every local Parish Church serves its own local community but almost everything it offers assumes that all those coming can hear. Deaf people face barriers of ignorance and poor communication.