Inspiring service


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.


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