Parish Pastoral Councils are recognised bodies within the church structure as a vehicle for promoting the mission of Christ and ensuring that the life and activity of the people of God may be brought into greater conformity with the Gospel. The Parish Pastoral Council gives support and advice to the Parish Priest and encourages all the baptised to work together for the good of the whole community


George Kolankiewicz – Chairman

George KolankiewiczA retired academic from both Essex and UCL I have lived in Wivenhoe on and off since the early seventies although my first memories of Essex are of a DP camp in Kelvedon soon after the war.I married Danusia who is from Poland in 1977 and we have 2 adult children who live and work in London.


Paula Collins – Vice Chair

Paul - Vice Chair I have been coming to Mass in our parish for over 20 years now.  I am married to Michael and we have two daughters; Margaret and Elizabeth. I have a number of interests – I love gardening, Margaret will often say if you can’t find mum in the house she will be in the garden or in her greenhouse.  I also love cooking and have been known to enter things in the village show and I might add I have even won prizes! Another of my interests is wildlife and animals. One of the best times of the day for me is when I walk our dog in the fields behind where I live in the early morning, If I am lucky I will see a barn owl coming back after a nights hunting or a woodpecker making himself a new home.  I feel our church is a very friendly outgoing and welcoming community of which I am proud to be part.


Richard Cronin – Secretary

Richard Cronin - ChairmanThe Parish Pastoral Council is concerned with fulfilling the mission of the Christ in the local community and attending to all that affects the faith life of that community. It is a conduit for communication both to and from parishioners and The Church.

About 4 times a year we meet up to discuss matters on an agenda and there will be an annual general meeting to which all parishioners are invited.  As Secretary of the Parish Council I am responsible for keeping the records and producing the minutes.


Rita Bartlett – Brightlingsea Rep

Rita Bartlett - Brightlingsea RepI have lived in Brightlingsea for 39 years and with my family have always been involved in the activities of the Church Community. I am now retired from the University where I worked in an administrative capacity for 24 years in the Department of Biological Sciences, and still work at the University during exams. I feel privileged to be a member of the Parish Council. I usually attend weekday and Saturday evening Masses at St. Sabina’s, and sometimes at St. Monica’s on Sunday morning.


Jean Darlington – Wivenhoe Rep

Jean Darlington - Wivenhoe Rep

I am a retired Secondary Schoolteacher.  I lived in Wivenhoe for many years before moving to Alresford where I now live with my husband and one of my sons.  I was commissioned as a Pastoral Assistant in 2004 and recommissioned in 2007 and again in 2010.  I am involved in various activities at St Monica’s and feel privileged and enjoy working with fellow parishioners.


Anthony Morris

Anthony Morris - Secretary

I am a retired GP, practising in Brightlingsea from 1982 until 2000. I worked part time following retirement until 2011. I am a member of the Colchester Catenian Circle. I am usually at the Saturday evening Mass at St Sabina’s.
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Richard Nowak

Richard NowakI’m Richard Nowak and I am a retired Religious Studies and Modern Languages teacher. My wife Dorothy and I moved from Newmarket to Great Bentley a year ago to be closer to our family and we were immediately struck by the warm and unconditional welcome we received from both villagers and parishioners of St. Sabina’s. I have involved myself with the finances and music at St. Sabina’s and particularly enjoy organising social events to help foster the well-being and growth of this caring parish community.