Christine Way-Skinner, Catechist, St John Chrysostom Parish
“There is a quote from Rabindranath Tagore posted on my bulletin board which reads, “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” I live in constant gratitude that my vocation in life has been to minister to people in their times of greatest joy and suffering and to bring theological insights which help give meaning to their lives. There are days in which I think about the particular path of service that I have been allowed to travel and this sense of gratitude is overwhelming. I hope that the joy I feel in living out my vocation to serve, inspires others to serve in their own unique and marvellous ways.” – Christine Way-Skinner
Christine Way Skinner is a catechist at St. John Chrysostom Parish in Newmarket, Ontario. She received a Bachelor of Arts from St. Francis Xavier University and a Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. She would probably have finished the doctorate in theology she began years ago if she and her husband Michael had not begun raising a houseful of children while working as full-time in parish ministry. When she is not driving her children to activities, she is trying to find inclusive, compelling and creative ways to pass on the church’s 2000 year old traditions. Christine has a special interest in sacraments and liturgy, inclusive catechesis, the neuroscience of ritual, and the use of art in religious education. Most recently she has published a series of children’s books with Novalis.