I am very sad to have to report that Jean has decided to retire as Parish Administrator after nearly 25 years working here. Jean has worked for five parish priests: Fr Alexander Sherbrooke who first employed her, Canon John Formby, Fr Jeremy Trood, Fr Christopher de Silva and myself. I have always thought that Jean must know nearly every family in the Parish and she was a great help in identifying parishioners for me when I first arrived as she must have been for previous generations.
Along with every parishioner I will miss Jean’s calming presence in the office as someone who has seen different technologies, crises and parishioners come and go: telegrams, cables, telexs, faxes and now the internet and email, and then no supply priest, leaking roofs, disgruntled hall users, etc. It has also been reassuring to work with Jean over the last three years in a paper-based office where it has always been possible to find some visible evidence of a mass intention, baptism application form, an invoice and much more beside.
Jean’s long-standing devotion to the St Margarets and the mission of the parish has been evident to all of us. I know that I speak on everyone’s behalf and say how grateful we all are for her generosity in giving her time to support the continuing life of the parish.
We all hope that Jean will enjoy her well earned retirement after her years of work here in the Parish Office. There will be an opportunity to say thank you to Jean with a thanksgiving Mass and reception in the near future.