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Meet the Team

Adult Education Team

 Welcome to the Adult Education web page. Our mission is to encourage and enable all adults, regardless of their background, to engage in lifelong quality Christian education. We try to be of service to the parishes and communities within the Diocese of Hallam. All are welcome to join our courses and events; we are open to those of other Christian denominations, other faiths and those of no faith at all.

Information on Adult Formation Resources including the Vatican 2 worksheets prepared for the Year of Faith and details of the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) are available on our dedicated microsite (

Tel: 0114 2566410   Fax: 0114 2562673
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The Team

 Pat Travis

Department secretary

Handles the day to day running of the department. She trained as a medical secretary and works full time in the office. She is likely to be your first port of call when you contact the department.

 Greg Ryan

CCRS Co-ordinator

In addition to being one of the tutoring team (see below) I co-ordinate the CCRS course for the diocese. I’m very happy to discuss the course with prospective students throughout the year, or to talk about the CCRS in your Parish or School. We have a new intake of students each September and the course runs over two years. See the Diocesan and Parish press for details of open days and registration for this year.

I am also connected with wider adult formation and theological networks in the UK and would be delighted to hear from anyone in Hallam wanting to explore options for theological study or discussion at any level.

I can be contacted via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or a message can be left for me at the department at the contact points listed above.





Our courses rely on a variety of tutors, all of whom hold relevant qualifications and experience.  Here they are ...


Fr. Andrew Browne

Presently Parish Priest at Cudworth and Grimethorpe, Diocesan Chaplain to the Union of Catholic Mothers, recently joining Adult Education. My interests include cycling, running and fell walking. Aiming for Half-Marathon distance and longer if possible. I enjoy watching BSB, MotoGP and WSB and motorbike riding. It's good to see people flourish as they explore their faith anew and deeper understandings abound.

John Donnelly

I’m a parishioner of St Ann’s, Deepcar but often attend Sunday Mass at St Vincent’s Church, Crookes, Sheffield.  In my youth I read law at Sheffield University and have an LLB with First Class Honours.  A few years ago I did the Foundation Degree in Theology at the Pastoral Centre after which I was invited back to teach on CCRS and other courses. I usually teach Catholic Morality / Moral Theology. I am a member of the Diocesan Assembly Committee.  I am semi retired and live at Deepcar with my wife Anne. We have one grown up son and a granddaughter. 


Sheila Kennedy



Margaret Pybus

From Sheffield , educated at St Wilfrid’s and Notre Dame. Received degree of BA in Latin and French at Sheffield University 1968.

Having worked for many years as a secretary in the Radiology Department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, with a few years spent working in the steel industry, I retired in 2007.

I have been interested informally in theology and spirituality most of my life and in 2001 began studying part-time for the degree of MA in Theology and Religious with the University College of York St John (later York St John University), being awarded the degree in 2006.

I was asked to become an Associate Tutor on the Foundation Degree in Theology and Ministry, teaching the summer school in Patterns of Christian Spirituality, which I began in 2007.

I am a member of Our Lady and St Thomas parish in Woodseats.For many years I have been personally drawn chiefly to Cistercian spirituality.



Gregory Ryan

Originally from Stockton-on-Tees, studying at St Mary’s in Middlesbrough before taking a BSc(Hons) in Biological Sciences at Lancaster University. A passion for theology led to an MA , studied here at the Hallam Pastoral Centre and awarded by Leeds University

Currently teaching the CCRS modules on New Testament and The Church, the latter reflecting my interest in contemporary Catholic and ecumenical ecclesiology. My wider interests are around  philosophy of religion and systematic theology.

I also a keen musician, leading the music group at St Francis of Assisi, Sheffield, and playing percussion for liturgical and decidedly non-liturgical activities around the Sheffield area.


Tony Singleton

Tony Singleton describes himself as a “graduate of Hallam Adult Education”, having completed the CCRS and eventually gaining his MA in theology and religious studies. He specialises in Catholic social teaching and directed the foundation degree module on Church, Mission and Society under York St John University. His life-long campaigning, volunteering for CAFOD, and membership of the Hallam Justice & Peace Commission bring together a passion for the social concerns of the Church. Outside interests include book collecting, theatre, folk music and the gentler side of fell walking.