The Team at the Centre for Catholic Formation
Centre Director and Diocesan Advisers
Mark Nash (Director)
Mark, formerly our formation adviser for Kent, joined the Centre in 2014 with over seven years' diocesan experience promoting and supporting small Christian communities. He has previously spent a considerable length of time in tertiary education completing a Ph.D. in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham in 2007. A father of four Mark lives in the parish of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Herne Bay.
Pierpaolo Finaldi (Formation Adviser for the South-east London Area)
Pierpaolo Finaldi is our Formation and Disability Adviser for the South-east London area. He studied Classics and Archaeology at UCL and has worked in Catholic publishing for over 20 years. He is an experienced Catechist especially in Confirmation and Marriage Preparation and is active in the Liturgical Music Ministry. He is a married father of six and the author of several children’s books including ‘Why Does the Pope Wear White?’, ‘Why does Mary wear Blue?’ and ‘My Simple Mass Book.’
Sebastian Morello (Formation Adviser for the South-west London Area)
Sebastian is Adviser for the South-west London Area of the diocese. He is the co-ordinator for RCIA initiatives and oversees the Diocesan Catechetical Certificate. A convert to Catholicism, Sebastian has studied Scripture, philosophy, theology and catechesis with the Community of St John and the Institute of the Incarnate Word. He has run workshops and given talks on a range of subjects at Catholic events throughout the country and abroad. Sebastian is married with two children. He holds BA (Hons) and MA degrees in Philosophy from the Open University and the University of Buckingham.
Vacant (Formation Adviser for the Kent Area)
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Theo Howard (Evangelization Coordinator)
Theo is Evangelization Coordinator at the Centre for Catholic Formation. He supports diocesan and parish evangelization initiatives as well as helping parishes realise their missionary calling. Theo has experience in Confirmation catechesis in Portsmouth Diocese, pilgrimage assistance in Lourdes and working with the Catholic Herald newspaper. He holds a BA in History from King’s College London and hopes to continue his studies in the New Evangelization.
Garry Donaldson (Bookshop Supervisor)
Garry was accepted into the Church, as an adult convert, at the Birmingham Oratory in 1980. He moved to St. Thomas a Becket, Wandsworth West Hill parish in 1981 and has been involved with R.C.I.A., Confirmation, Children's Liturgy, Reading, Eucharistic Ministry and general parish life since then. He joined the Centre in July 2002.
Graham Wallis (Centre Administrator)
Graham joined the Centre in January 2003 after 23 years in international banking. Formerly of the parishes of Coulsdon, Croydon and Bromley he now attends Holy Innocents, Orpington.
Coral Davis (Centre Secretary)
Coral Davis NNEB, has made her career in Early Years Education, Design and Administration. Coral was born in South London to parents from the Caribbean Windrush generation.
Ann Williams (CCRS Administrative Co-ordinator)
Ann is the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies Course Secretary and the Administrator for the Rite of Election. She studied here at the Centre for Catholic Formation and successfully gained a Foundation Degree in Pastoral Ministry. She went on to further study at Heythrop College, Kensington, recently completing a MA in Philosophy and Religion.