Feature Writers

As practicing Catholics we will always try to uphold Church teaching. As young Catholics we yet have a great deal to learn. As humans we are not perfect and fallible and prone to errors, please forgive us if we do make any mistakes, in our writings and elsewhere.

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Here’s a list of our regular feature writers…

Daniel Leung Editor and PodCaths

Daniel Leung is currently a Christian Theology and Media & Communication undergraduate at Liverpool Hope University. In between his home parish and the university chaplaincy, he is an Altar Server, and received his silver Guild of St Stephen Medal in 2012. Although he is discerning the possibility of a vocation to priesthood, he has a keen interest in radio journalism and has worked in a number of community, local and student radio and can currently be heard on the university’s station Radio Hope. As editor, he will be reading his fellow writer’s articles, as well as writing a number of his own and recording Catholic Podcasts called PodCaths.

Lawrie Swithinbank Comment Writer and Assistant Editor

Berna Durcan Feature Writer

Berna Durcan is a Theology and Religious Studies with Sociology student at St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham.
Her interests lie in any theology but more specifically pastoral theology and the reception/perceptions of the Church and Catholic theology in society (Church’s response to secularisation, the New Evangelisation etc.). During term time, Berna lives in the university college’s lay community, Benedict XVI House and is a keen musician, playing in Mass on a regular basis. Her personal blog is Diary of a Catholic Theology Student which are reflections of her personal spiritual journey. Berna will be commenting on Pope Francis’s latest document, Evangelii Gaudium to what the Holy Father is teaching the Church today.

Rory McKay Apologetics Writer

Rory McKay is currently studying for BA Honours degree in History at the Open University. He is active in a wide variety of activities and events in his home parish of Saint Peters in Leicester. His academic and theological interests includes the Reformation, the Marian theology of Martin Luther, the development of Christianity in the 20th Century and the documents of Vatican II to name but a few of his many academic interests. He is also a keen cricketer, runner and golfer is known to spend many rainy (and sometimes dry!) afternoons nosing round one of the many fine cathedrals of Britain or having a good rummage around libraries!

Mairi- Frances McKay Comment Writer

Mairi-Frances McKay is 18 years old, currently on a gap year before starting a history degree.  She is a keen member of her local parish regularly organising youth activities, as well as Altar Serving, and received her silver medal in 2012. Has recently travelled to Brazil for World Youth Day which was a brilliant experience.

Bernadette Hickey Comment Writer

Charles Archer Diary of a Catholic Uni Student

Charles, was born in Essex in August 1994, was baptised at Saint Josephs, Oakham in 2000. He received his First Holy Communion at the same church when aged 8 and have served on the Altar ever since, receiving my silver medal last March for ten years of service in October 2010. He was commissioned as an Extraordinary Minister by Bishop Malcolm and have ministered regularly since. He is currently studying geography at the University of Chester. He will be blogging about his time there and what it is like, to be Catholic at university.
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