UK / Trustee
Laurence Freeman OSB is a monk of Turvey Abbey in the Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. He is the Director and spiritual guide of the World Community for Christian Meditation. John Main was his teacher and Fr Laurence assisted him in establishing the first Christian Meditation Centre and the foundations of the community. In 1990, when the World Community was established, Laurence set up the International Centre in London where he now resides and from where he travels and teaches widely.
UK / Chair
Roger Layet lives near Bristol in S.W. England with his wife Shelagh. They have three children and lots of grandchildren. Shelagh found Christian meditation in 1985 – eventually Roger followed, haltingly. He retired from his strategic planning role in a multi-national packaging company in 2001. He belongs to the Nailsea meditation group, is joint coordinator of Bristol region, and served as WCCM’s UK coordinator from 2005 to 2008. Despite constant failures, he is also faithful to the practice of golf.
Malaysia / Vice-Chair
Canada / Trustee
Clem was born and raised in Eastern Ontario and educated at the Universities of Ottawa (BA) and Toronto (M.A in Economics). He served in the Ontario Public Service at senior executive level. Clem began meditating at a Zen Centre in 1979 after having ‘discovered’ the practice during a trip to South Korea. He first came across Christian meditation in 1982 but did not become engaged until 1984. He spearheaded the organization of the John Main Seminar 1993 in Toronto, which featured William Johnston, S.J., as speaker. He has been variously involved in this annual event since then. He has been a member of the WCCM Guiding Board since 1994 and a WCCM Trustee for the past 8 years. He also served as Administrator of the WCCM International Centre in London (1997-98). Clem is very involved in WCCM affairs and projects regionally, nationally and internationally.
Catherine Charrière: Switzerland Catherine lived 16 years in Italy with her husband Salvatore and their two daughters: Délia and Elena. She started the first WCCM group in Florence and helped build the Italian community. Back in Switzerland, they now live in the small city of Rolle (VD) where she leads a meditation group. Catherine is Director of Liaison for National Communities.
Kim is a retired College Lecturer and Head of Department in Modern Languages. She has been a contemplative since her youth and joined The World Community for Christian Meditation in 1993. In 1998 she became a Benedictine Oblate to the Community and since 1999 she has been the Director of the International School. In 2003 she organized and led with her husband Shankar the first ‘The Roots of Christian Mysticism Course’ at the London Christian Meditation Centre, exploring the contemplative experience in Christianity from Scripture to the present Day.
Sean lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife (Cecile) and three children (Sophie, Patrick and Tommy). He discovered meditation while living in Japan, but it only became an important part of his life when he discovered the teaching of the WCCM, which allowed him to integrate his Christian faith into the practice. Sean is General Counsel of the International Monetary Fund.
UK / Trustee
José was born in 1955 near Ypres in Belgium Flanders and lives now with his wife Martine in De Klinge, near Antwerp. He works in the sales and marketing department of a pharmaceutical company. He discovered Christian meditation in 1991 and started a meditation group in Waasmunster in 1996. He became national coordinator after the 2002 JMS seminar. His mentor was Agnes D’Hooghe who started the first Christian meditation center in Belgium. Every step in engagement was also a step in a growing responsibility and a greater commitment to the practice. Belgium now has about 55 meditation groups.
Andrzej lives in Poland. During his professional career he has lived in Germany, 8 years, and Singapore, 20 years, working as a General Manager for a French Multinational Company. He learned to meditate in Singapore in 2002. He is currently the National Coordinator for Poland and the web master for the Polish WCCM site. He joined the Guiding Board in 2013. He is a passionate traveller and a photographer. Andrzej has two grown up children.
Leonardo lives in Brazil and spent 2011 living in Meditatio House, in London. He became WCCM Oblate in 2012. He is a journalist and started to work for the Community as Director of Communications, also in 2012. He joined the Guiding Board in 2014 as Global Regional Coordinator for South America.