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.
Richard has been meditating since 1989. He soon became involved in organising meditation events in Sydney and was the State Co-ordinator and the first National Co-ordinator in 1996. He has taught Christian Meditation in East Timor and to parish, youth and community groups. He has led a meditation group in his central Sydney parish of St James’ Anglican Church since 1989 and encouraged the development of three other groups at the parish including one that coincides with a mission to the homeless and marginalised. Since doing the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life over 1987-88 he has been a member of the Christian Life Community and guides a CLC group in his neighbourhood. He is married to Anne who joined him as a meditator in recent years. They have two adult children, James and Claire. Richard is a judge of the NSW District Court sitting in criminal and civil cases in Sydney and on country circuits. He practises Bikram Yoga and enjoys reading, travel and aged red wine.
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.
José María Chaher
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.