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Pastoral Council

To serve as representatives of the Caravita Community for the purposes of bringing the Community closer to God and to one another.

Helen Harrington
Since 2015

Helen was born in England, but moved to Ireland at an early age and was educated by the Loreto Sisters in Mullingar.  She graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 2002 and spent the next three years working in healthcare and banking in Edinburgh, Scotland and a further nine years in consultancy in Dublin, Ireland, eight of which was spent working with religious congregations.  Helen moved to Rome in early 2014 to set up her own independent consultancy practice, Helen Harrington & Associates. Helen specialises in supporting the leadership teams of religious congregations and their associated groups in all aspects of current and future resource planning.   Helen has found an open, welcoming community in Caravita and enjoys being part of the ministry as both a greeter and reader.

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Michelle Hough
Since 2017

Michelle is a communications officer for Caritas Internationalis in Rome. She coordinates the communications for the Share the Journey migration campaign, launched by Pope Francis in September 2017. She’s worked for Caritas since 2008 and before that she was at WFP and Vatican Radio. She’s originally from Derbyshire, England.

Joshua McElwee
Since 2017 

Joshua McElwee is the Vatican correspondent for the independent U.S. newspaper National Catholic Reporter. He has lived in Rome with his wife Kate since 2014. They are both readers and greeters for the Caravita community. Joshua previously served as his paper’s national correspondent in Washington, DC. He is most recently the co-editor, alongside fellow Caravita member Cindy Wooden, of A Pope Francis Lexicon, a collection of 54 essays exploring the different words the pope emphasizes in his ministry.

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Kate McElwee
Since 2017 

Kate currently serves as the Executive Director of the Women’s Ordination Conference, where she has worked since 2011. Born in Syracuse, New York, Kate attended Mount Holyoke College to study Religion and later SOAS in London, earning an M.A. in International Human Rights Law. Kate volunteers with several women’s advocacy groups and as the president of her alma mater’s alumnae chapter in Italy. She and her husband, Joshua, relocated from Washington, D.C. to Rome in 2014 and are both readers and greeters for the Caravita community.

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Michaeline O’Dwyer, RSHM, Treasurer
Since 2012

Michaeline O’Dwyer is a Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM) and is currently the Treasurer of the Pastoral Council at Caravita. She has served as an educator in a number of RSHM and Marymount Schools at the elementary, high school and college levels. After a number of years as teacher and principal at Marymount International School Rome, Michaeline took a sabbatical year at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (JSTB). At the end of her sabbatical year, she was asked to join the Development Office at JSTB and remained there for twelve years. It was here that she first met Keith Pecklers, SJ who was studying for his Master of Divinity degree. After Berkeley, Michaeline served on the Provincial Team of the RSHM Province in New York for six years as Provincial Secretary followed by another six years as Provincial Councillor. At the end of her term as Provincial Councillor, she was missioned to Marymount International School London to serve as interim Head of School for one year. The following year she returned to Rome where she is the Alumni Coordinator for Marymount Rome, a position she enjoys very much since it puts her back in touch with her former students as well as alumni who were there before and after her time.

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Peter Moore
Since 2019

Peter’s greatest gifts are his darling wife, Anne and their two children, Simon and Catherine who is married to Levente. He was born in a small country town in Australia and after an excellent education provided by the Marist Brothers proceeded via a series of probably divine mishaps, and certainly with the assistance of angels, through forestry school, some working in the field, a Masters Degree at the University of Montana, some more years of work and then a PhD and yet more working but this time internationally in South East Asia and Africa. He is working in Rome as the Forest Officer Fire Management and Disaster Risk Reduction for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations where he leads engagement and consultation to confirm and define needs, facilitate planning of technical options and facilitate engagement and coordination on fire management projects and strategic programs with member nation governments. Peter is an acolyte at Caravita where he has been attending since 2016.

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Camilla Russell
Since 2019

Camilla has been a member of the Caravita community since 2012, when she began attending occasionally on visits to Rome and then regularly from 2015, when she settled in the city. From her hometown in Melbourne, Australia, her studies in Italian history led her to take up research and university roles in Italy, the United Kingdom, and Australia. In Rome, she works as publications editor of Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu, the imprint for scholarly publications in Jesuit History at the Roman Jesuit Archive – Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu (ARSI).


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