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Avril Baigent is Chapel Homilist, a new role in the College Chapel. She will be preaching regularly in Chapel – once or twice per term – and getting to know the Chapel and College community.

Avril is a speaker and writing on youth spirituality, currently studying for a PhD in Catholic Youth Ministry at Durham University.  She studied Ancient and Modern History at CCC (1995) and went on to do an MA in Pastoral Liturgy at Heythrop College in London.  After working as a pastoral assistant in a parish in Slough, she became the Diocesan Youth Minister for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Northampton for ten years.  In this post she first published the ‘Y Church’ Report, a detailed piece of research into the current state of Catholic Youth Ministry, before setting up a diocesan team which included a missionary community in Northampton, leadership training for young people, a twice yearly retreat weekend, an award winning website and bespoke resources for parish youth ministry.  At the same time she was involved at national level, including chairing the group which produced a national document for youth ministry, and was on the board of the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed).

As the mother of three girls, she is also getting a fair bit of experience in the domestic church and answering tricky questions. Avril lives in Wendover, down the M40 in Buckinghamshire, and the best way to contact her is by email:

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