Born of an Italian father and a French mother, Marie developed early on a real passion for languages. She graduated as a translator and interpreter in 1981 and went on to work as an interpreter and then as a freelance translator, first in France, then in Britain where she now runs her own translation company.
Marie was brought up a Catholic, but she likes to meet people in their own faith context, which led her to worship with groups from many other denominations: Reformed, Lutheran, Orthodox, and with other women in various mosques in Istanbul. She joined the Church of England when she came to Britain, but she chose Church at Castle specifically because it is a place where ecumenism plays a very important part in building the Kingdom.
Marie became an Authorised Lay Minister and Worship Leader in 2007 and immediately felt called to Licensed Lay Ministry. Her training involved, among other things, Social Awareness Ministry, Listening Skills, Old Testament and New Testament studies, Doctrine and Church History. She was licensed on the 6th of October 2012.
She has two children, now all grown up, and three cats. The cats own her, obviously, not the other way round. She enjoys music (jazz in particular), cooking, and cooking whilst listening to music (interesting results sometimes!), and she loves playing the piano.