The parish of Much Woolton, St Peter, is to welcome Sonya Doragh as a new deacon. Sonya will also spend some of her curacy at St Aiden’s in Speke.
Before ordination, Sonya was based in Anfield as an Urban Discipleship Development worker for Unlock, a Christian charity that helps people in urban communities engage with the Bible. She has also worked as a Classroom Support Assistant, a Youth Worker, a Foster Carer and for Viva, a Christian organisation that supports street children. Sonya is married with two sons.
Sonya has also done Missionary work with children in a Guatemala and has a degree in European Business studies with French, which included two years living and studying in La Rochelle. Sonya’s Grandfather was from Liverpool but Sonya was born in Loughborough. She has also lived in France, Costa Rica, Hull, Liverpool and Bristol.
Sonya says, “I'm sure I have a Scouse heart; despite growing up elsewhere I have always loved Liverpool and I am really delighted to be here for my curacy.”
She added, “Many people had suggested ordination over the years, but I ignored it, thinking I couldn't do it and seeing all my faults and weaknesses. However, it reached the point where God seemed to be reminding me daily that He wanted me to get ordained and it started to feel that, as I am serious about following God, I should be serious about listening to even the most ridiculous-sounding calling!”
It was Sonya’s own family who helped her make the final decision, “I was nervous about what my boys would think, so we went away for a retreat day and I asked them what they thought I should do with my life. They replied, 'It's obvious, you should be a vicar!' I was amazed! We then read the Lectionary readings for that day, which included Deuteronomy 30: ‘Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.’ These words have remained a great reassurance ever since. Although the call to ordination was gradual, now that I am training it feels very much what I was made for.”
Sonya says of her new parish, “I had seen a painting done by Kip Crooks, the vicar of Much Woolton St Peter, which really reflected his passion for helping people on the margins, and really inspired me. So, when the opportunity appeared to serve alongside him, I was very keen. When we visited the parish, the loving nature of the congregation and sense of fun made us feel immediately at home.”
Sonya is interested in all aspects of ministry, but is especially interested in nurturing those exploring faith for the first time. She is also looking forward to working in Speke, “It is a great opportunity to work across two very different communities and parishes. The Place to Be in Speke is such an exciting expression of church and I am greatly looking forward to working with Gill, the vicar there, whose passion and vision are infectious.”
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