In June 2014, Sherry Weddell, co-founder of the Catherine of Siena Institute (CSI), crossed the Atlantic to introduce the Called and Gifted Charism Discernment process to the Portsmouth diocese, UK. Over 250 participants took part. From these a small team of Called and Gifted Teachers and Discernment Facilitators were selected, trained and licensed to deliver Called and Gifted in parishes across the Portsmouth diocese. One of the early leaders of Called and Gifted later became Head of Divine Renovation UK .
After 6 years, over 2000 participants had been guided through the Charism discernment process with registrations coming in regularly from different parts of the country.
In January 2019, a teaching team from Portsmouth flew to the the diocese of Hexham and Newcastle to help CSI train a new team of facilitators in the north of England. In Autumn 2020, following the unprecedented time of national lockdown, the Called and Gifted leaders were led to a new model of delivery.
In Autumn 2020, with Bishop Philip’s blessing, Called and Gifted Portsmouth opened up charism discernment to intentional disciples UK wide offering access to CSI’s digital learning platform supported by the UK team’s expertise via zoom technology.
In 2021, Called & Gifted sees CELEBRATE UK and YOUTH 2000 (both national movements within the Catholic Church) join us for accompanied charism & mission discernment online. 4 Parish groups from 3 different Diocese register with their parish priests; Intentional disciples from parishes all over the country also register as individuals. A total of 220 new participants discover how to discern their charisms in 2021!
In May 2021 an International Conference is held shining a spotlight on the 2016 Papal Document ‘Iuvenescit Ecclessia’ ( The Church Made New) emphasising integration of the Hierarchical & Charismatic Gifts as necessary for Church renewal.