Fire Up is a ministry response to St Pope John Paul II’s call for a New Evangelisation. Our hope is to get every Catholic ‘fired up’ for their faith, be inspired to discover their call to sanctity, live a life of sexual virtue, and be empowered to know, share and defend their Catholic faith.
Simon and Madeleine are engaged to be married, and are passionate about sharing the message of Chastity and Theology of the Body. Simon and Madeleine are the founders of Fire Up Ministries, and have given hundreds of presentations nationally and internationally to over 10,000 people.
Simon Carrington was raised in a devout Catholic family of eight and is engaged to his beautiful fiancé Madeleine Vella. Simon has completed a Bachelor of Theology, minoring in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame Australia, and is currently undertaking a Certification Course at the Theology of the Body Institute in Pennsylvania USA. Simon has been active in youth ministry for the past 5 years, with a passionate focus on St Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and Catholic Apologetics. He has worked with Parousia Media in administration, production of resources, sales and event coordination. He served as a volunteer youth minister at Our Lady of Lebanon parish Harris Park, Sydney, was a regular host/co-host on the Voice of Charity radio network, including Catholic Q&A Live and the Chastity on Air series and is an affiliate employee of covenanteyes.com an internet filtering and accountability software which helps people break free from the vice of pornography.
Madeleine Vella was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. She completed a Bachelor of Arts (Theology and History) and a Bachelor of Education at the University of Notre Dame Australia. Madeleine fell in love with the teachings of Saint John Paul II while she was studying at Notre Dame. She was inspired to be a missionary after attending the annual March for Life in Washington D.C in January 2012. In August 2013, she moved to Philadelphia in the USA to dedicate a year of her life speaking to young people about the pro-life and chastity message. She has worked as a High School Teacher for a number of years and co-hosted a Chastity series on the Voice of Charity radio station. Madeleine has spoken to thousands of young people in America and across Australia. She has studied a number of courses under the Theology of the Body Institute in Pennsylvania, USA. In February 2017 she co-founded Fire Up Ministries with her fiancé Simon. Madeleine lives in Western Sydney with her family and is getting married in October this year.