The Liberal Catholic Universalist Church
Who We Are
Bishop Bridget Wilson Hall
Bishop Bridget was brought up a Quaker, became a Christian after a Billy Graham meeting and has been an active member of both the Roman Catholic Church and UFMCC. She felt called to the catholic priesthood while raising her children, who are now adults. She was ordained priest in 2009 and consecrated bishop in 2015. She studied world religions at school and university, and in line with her Quaker Universalist upbringing, believes that all religions are routes to the Divine. She founded LCUC with a view to teach that the Divine is revealed in unconditional love, that there is no permanent condemnation by God, and to encourage study of the liberal catholic charism, including belief in theosophy and Ascended Masters.
Mother Jenny Gray (Priest)
Coming from an active Church of England background in which she served for many years as a PCC member, chorister, intercessor and eucharistic assistant, Jenny joined the LCUC in order to pursue her calling in a branch of the Christian Church more aligned with her faith - which is catholic, liberal, inclusive and universalist. Her spirituality is based around the daily office, the sacraments, a belief in the action of God in the lives of all peoples and that the Church is a response to God's love. She is a student of esoteric and mystical teachings. Jenny lives in County Durham with her partner and has four children, works as a software engineer and is a black belt in taekwondo. She hopes to serve those marginalised by the wider Church, particularly members of the LGBTQIA community as she is transgender herself.
Fran Pilgrim (Priest)
Grounded in Franciscan mysticism, Fran seeks the Divine Love within in order to reflect it outwards. A trained Circle Keeper and Restorative Facilitator, Fran believes in the humanity of all people and seeks the things that unite us rather than those that divide us. Fran strongly advocates for the charism of walking alongside each other on our journey, whether journeying together for a short time or a longer time. As a professed member of the Order of Lesser Sisters and Brothers, Fran is also known as Sister Lydia.
Michael Coe (Ordinand)
Michael comes from an active Roman Catholic background and spent several years as an altar server. He joined the LCUC to follow a lifelong calling to become clergy. Michael holds the belief that God manifests within everybody and that God loves everybody without prejudice. He enjoys praying the Holy Rosary, Prime and Complin daily and contemplating the Mysteries of the Rosary. Michael's focus is one of charity and acceptance. He loves nature and spends time in awe at God's creation. Michael lives in Darlington with his husband.