The Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal – the Church’s world aid and development programme – has appointed Lydia Monds as Education Officer.
After studying theology at Trinity College Dublin, Lydia obtained her teaching qualifications and worked as a second level RE teacher, followed by the role of International Programme Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity Ireland. In this capacity, Lydia wrote and delivered the charity’s development education programme.
She has also spent several months volunteering on projects funded by the Bishops’ Appeal in Shyogwe, Rwanda. Lydia is a founding member of the Discovery Gospel Choir and as the choir’s Community Outreach Officer she has designed and implemented its intercultural workshops across Dublin.
Lydia said: ‘I’m excited to be joining a movement that doesn’t just speak about justice but acts to see it become a reality. I am looking forward to becoming part of a team committed to partnership and to raising awareness about the issues that cut to the heart of Christianity and of humanity.”
The Chairman of the Bishop’s Appeal, the Rt Rev Michael Burrows, Bishop of Cashel & Ossory, said: “I welcome Lydia warmly to this role. She possesses an excellent blend of gifts and experience which makes this an exciting and hopeful appointment.”
Lydia will take up her post in July.