A celebration took place last night at the church of Notre Dame de France by Leicester Square for Anne Marie Salgo, who is moving on after ten years working as coordinator of evangelisation ministries in the West End. Together with Gabriel Sedda, Anne Marie led the singing at Mass and the prayer service afterwards - which was followed by a crowded reception in the parish house.
A native of Hungary, where she studied theology, mental health and social work and completed a course at the School of Evangelisation, more recently Anne Marie studied the psychology of religion at Heythrop College.
She first got involved with the West End Churches evangelisation initiatives in 2006, when she was invited to organise a faith event, which went on to become the Spirit in the City festival - which has attracted thousands of people to events in churches and open spaces across the West End.
Anne Marie said: "I've enjoyed working together with a huge variety of people in this ministry of city centre evangelisation, and the range of projects - in fact it changed from year to year. Spirit in the City was a firm part, beside that we run series of faith formation events, film screenings, art shows, music and theatre events. There were also the Advent missions, street outreach, Welcoming ministry and Night Church - just to mention a few."
Anne Marie told ICN she has loved her time in the West End and will keep closely in touch with people there, but she is looking forward to her new job, working with the Sisters of the Assumption at Milleret House in Kensington, where she will be joining their Youth Team, supporting their Tutor+ club and other projects. (Her successor in the West End will be named soon).
"It is a privilege to join the team with the remit to support youth and education," she said. "I am looking forward to getting to know the charism of the Assumption and the various projects around the province. My hope is to be helpful expanding the current ministry of the Assumption Sisters and put my talents this way in the service of building God's Kingdom."
If Anne Marie's work in central London is anything to go by - we can expect some exciting developments further afield soon!
For more information about the Sisters of the Assumption, see: http://www.assumptionreligious.org/
Read more about Notre Dame de France here: http://www.ndfchurch.org/
There will be some more pictures from the evening on ICN's Facebook page