My name is Fiona Pennie and I hail from Yorkshire.
I trained to be an optometrist in the ’80’s and spent my early working life as a high street Optometrist in various villages, towns and cities across the whole of Yorkshire, my base being in Harrogate.
After having a spell travelling around Australia I was finding the increasing commercialisation of Optometry detracting from my desire to be a clinical optometrist. So I moved over the Pennines to take up a position as a Senior Optometrist at St. Paul’s Eye Hospital in the early ’90’s. Posts at the Royal, as St Pauls moved Walton and Alder Hey meant I have been part of all the departments of Ophthalmology in the city. In 1995 I married a fellow “alien in a foreign land” a scot Bruce Pennie, who I met through church, St. Peter’s Woolton. We had our children David and Andrew whilst juggling our busy jobs in the NHS and church.
I began exploring a call to ordination in 2011 and was ordained Deacon in the Church of England in 2015. Most of my life has been lived at top speed so the opportunity to slow down over the last 6 months has been both a blessing and a challenge!
As I begin work as a Chaplain with the Merseyside Police Force I would really value prayers for vision and discernment as I take up the reins of the service. The Force is going through great organisational change so prayers for leaders and workers as the implications of this may well have far reaching effects on peoples lives.
Contact Fiona: firstname.lastname@example.org
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