CATHERINE – DIRECTOR
Yoo-hoo! Hello! I’m Catherine and I am the Director of the Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team. It is such a privilege to now represent this wonderful Diocese. I love working for the Church, and have worked in Youth Ministry for over a decade (woooahh - but I am over 30 so it’s not too bad!) within the Archdiocese of Birmingham. I’ve had lots of different roles within Youth Ministry from being a Parish Youth Group Leader, to coordinating large events, designing Youth Ministry marketing campaigns, leading retreat days in schools and also leading Worship (my favourite thing to do in the world).
Music is incredibly important to me, especially when connected to my faith. I love to sing, play my guitar and also write songs. If you are really curious check out this very poorly updated blog https://catholicmusicministry.wordpress.com/ For me, when I'm singing, particularly in Church, it's like it's just me and the Lord. It settles all my worries and I know that I am at home.
I recently married my favourite person in the world, James, on June 9th 2018 - the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. My married name is now Catherine McLoughlin, but I will keep using my maiden name, Smith, for a little while longer so as to not confuse too many people all in one go. We met both working in Youth Ministry, so we know God has definitely been guiding us together. Our honeymoon was spent in Rome - it was such an uplifting place - and we were even blessed by Pope Francis himself!
I love spending time with my family, particularly my young nieces and nephew - they keep me on my toes. I am a sucker for a good instagram post, and really enjoy all the creative sides of social media...check us out @Shrewsbury_YMT.