Presenters – Introduction

Clare Barnett
Clare Barnett is a professional supervisor and counsellor. She has a diverse background as midwife, nurse and health educator.
She has a warm personality and offers a wealth of opportunities to develop and grow.
See more about her on our website:


Eamon Butler
Born and educated in Ireland, Eamon, at the age of 28 felt a calling to become a lay missionary.  This led him to work as a volunteer with Mother Teresa in Kolkata, India. It was a life changing experience which Eamon later shared with many young people in schools.  Eamon has studied philosophy theology, accomplished a post graduate diploma in counselling (Auckland) and has trained as a Spiritual Director with Spiritual Growth Ministries Aotearoa NZ.


Kieran Fenn fms
Br Kieran Fenn is a Champagnat Brother and Bible Scholar. He has taught the Scriptures in New Zealand and overseas for over 40 years. 
Many of his resources in Scripture have been used by the The Catholic Institute (TCI).
Br Kieran also is a frequent guest at Muffin Talk Radio Programme. Short videos with Br Kieran are available on this website.


Nic Birt
Originally from England Nic Birt moved to NZ with his family in 2004. Employed as a Design Engineer in the building industry he has also been a Technology Teacher (in Botswana & the Emirates). An appreciation and respect for history, culture and religious traditions encourages travelling to exotic and remote locations. Nic is also the draughtsman for the Bethsaida Archaeological Excavations of this ancient biblical site near the sea of Galilee.

Prof Thomas O’Loughlin
Thomas O’Loughlin is originally from Dublin, Ireland. He is an ordained priest and Emerited Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Nottingham in the UK. He has given many presentations on different topics in the area of Liturgy and Synodality.
He has been interviewed on Muffin Talk several times, and regularly contributes to Flashes of Insight.