Francoise Pinteaux-Jones

I am the current chair of trustees. I have been a Companion on the Way since 2005. I am divorced and have two grown up daughters and four grandchildren. I taught French in mainstream secondary education for 22 odd years before retraining and free-lancing as a translator. Though very different in their praxis, both professions represent ways to serve, which I see as my calling.

Accordingly I have served diversely on town council, board of governors, Diocesan Committee and sundry organisations. In 2009, I worked three months as a peace observer in Palestine with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine-Israel for which I still advocate.

A practicing Catholic in France, I have been an active participant in the Anglican church for over 30 years, joining the Third Order of Saint Francis some 20 years ago. My tertiary vows and Contemplative Fire’s rhythm are the two wings of my Christian living, guiding my commitments and, above all, channelling God’s presence into my everyday engagements. Not a frequent presence in church, I nonetheless strive to honour these words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “The church is the church only when it exists for others“.