Welcome to the Watermead Apostolate
A sharing in love and faith through our God-
WATERMEAD APOSTOLATE WEBSITE © 2016 Watermead Publishing Ltd
Any words, pictures, music on this site is for personal use only and should not be downloaded without permission.
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Watermead Shop Opening Times
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
from 10.30 am -
Saturday 5.00 -
Sunday 11.45 am -
We would like to introduce everyone personally, but that would be impossible. Anyone who is, or has been, involved with us is always part of our apostolate, and, if you were to walk around our Watermead shop, or browse the various gifts' pages on this site, then you would be sharing in the faith journeys of many, many people.
The people are represented by the music, words and pictures used on our items, and through the time and resources gifted for the development of each project. We actually stopped counting in 2001, realising that the people involved with us exceeded well over two hundred -
Many people have been involved with us over the years and this page introduces those involved in the day-
Father John Daley IC
Father John looks after our spiritual direction, having been the initial inspiration and encouragement for our beginning the apostolate in 1992 at the parish of St. Theresa's in Birstall. He belongs to the religious order which founded and still serves that parish -
In 2001, when Bishop Malcolm invited us to continue our apostolate here at St. Joseph's in Leicester, Father John was invited also, as parish priest, where he could continue his practical and spiritual guidance of our work.
He is author of various articles and it is he who writes the scripture guides for The Lord’s Day -
Alison Concannon Kennedy
Alison looks after the day to day administration of the apostolate and project designs. But she started as the composer, along with her father, Tom, of the hymn, "Our Songs Give Praise", that began the Watermead venture.
When Tom died in 1993 she continued to compose music and hymns, with Father John as lyricist, producing several cassette and CD recordings. She also sets words to music and has set many of "another" Alison's poem's and words to music -
David was 8 years old when his Mum, Alison, started working on plans for the apostolate. Today (older and taller), he works with us looking after our distribution/ accounts and runs the Watermead Centre.
It was the young David who came up with the Watermead logo design. The harp suggested the celtic feel of the music and the roses were for Our Lady and St. Theresa.
Doreen & Matthew Concannon
Doreen is mother of Alison, and widow of Tom, and has been involved since the beginning, as a member of the original St Theresa's choir that sang on our first recordings and over the years has looked after various aspects of our work, including making our FIAT rosaries. She presently is in the Watermead Shop on Wednesdays.
Matthew has also been with Watermead since we began -
There have been others in Alison and Tom's family involved in various of Watermead's projects and you will meet them on the further pages of this website. But we like to think of our apostolate as a one big family that all can feel a part of. Many individuals and families have been involved over the years, and you will meet them, too, as you journey through our web pages.
But we continue on this page with those who help in the shop and day-
THE WATERMEAD CENTRE On Tuesdays meet . . . . .
Barbara (in yellow) looks after the packing and distribution of orders and is responsible for keeping our publishing stock up-
Lynn (in blue) joined the team at St. Joseph's in 2005, helping in the shop and offering her own creative inspirations. When the Catholic Herald produced a feature on us, Sheila wrote offering poems and Lynn used her paintings to illustrate these in the form of laminated posters call "Wordscapes". She produces several of the cards, including a series dedicated to "Frankie" the mascot of the first St. Joseph's Children's website.
On Wednesdays and Thursdays meet Doreen, Alison, David . . . and at the weekend meet . . . .
Theresa (in green) is also involved with Watermead through the charity "Let the Children Live". When we first came to St Joseph's we introduced the people to Father Peter and his mission with children on the streets of Medellin, Colombia, and Theresa was so moved that she immediately volunteered to be the parish support organiser. Over the years she has also arranged the packing and national distribution of the LTCL Christmas cards from St Joseph's parish.
Paula (in brown) joined the team of volunteers who look after the shop in 2007 -
There are the people who help, but aren't always visible . . .
There have been many involved in the necessary work to run and maintain our apostolate that have not always been visible, gifting their time, skills and expertise -
There have been so many people who have supported and helped our work over the years, in such a variety of ways -
And then there are those still to meet through our gifts . . .