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Using her gifts, the right way

Simone Francois-Whittier has built her career over a decade working in the Foreign Service. She also qualified to practise law and was in private practice. Her path seemed set. But Francois-Whittier decided last year to use “her gifts” in pursuit of something else. The Coordinator of the Archdiocesan Ministry for Migrants and Refugees (AMMR) sat down recently with Senior Writer, Lara Pickford-Gordon (

After an induction programme with the migrant ministry at the Living Water Community, Simone Francois-Whittier spent the first month visiting parishes in Carapichaima, Penal, Arima, St Joseph, to get a feel of the work being done by parish ministries “on the ground”, and learn their challenges and needs.

“I enjoyed going out, putting a face to the name and their becoming familiar with me,” she said.

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