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Having been born in Bromley, Kent, I left the London area at an early age to grow up with my three brothers and three sisters in Bristol. After St Bonaventure’s Primary School, I went on to St Brendan’s College in Brislington.
The Priestly Ministry of service was something that was appealing to me from a very early age and at nineteen I left for Rome to try out my vocation. At the Venerable English College, I first read Philosophy and then studied Theology for a further four years. Scripture was always my first love and I found extensive scope for this both in Charismatic Renewal and in Ecumenical circles. As well as this the question that Pope Paul VI raised still challenges me: “How will the cry of the poor find an echo in the human heart?”
In December 1971, I was ordained as a Priest for the Clifton Diocese at the Sacred Heart Church, Westbury-on-Trym by Bishop Joseph Rudderham. I was very happy then to begin in the inner-city Parish of St Nicholas of Tolentino in St Paul’s. Most of the parishes I have served in have actually been in Bristol and I have come full circle to be in St Pius X in Withywood. From here Chew Valley is of course only over the hill – just like me, but somehow continues to thrive with the help of the Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit.
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I was born in Scarborough, N Yorks and moved to the Bristol area to attend university. It was there that I met my wife. I was not brought up as a Catholic, I was received into the Church as an adult. It was during my preparation that I felt God strongly calling me to a faith which required much more than just believing in the Church’s teaching and attending Sunday Mass. From the start I felt it was important to take part wholeheartedly in the life of the parish community which I had found to be so welcoming and supportive to me.
I soon became involved in many aspects of parish life, and although I was nervous at the prospect, I wondered whether, just maybe, the Lord was calling me to serve in a different way both within the parish but also beyond. This feeling was reinforced by the encouragement I received from parishioners, my parish priest, other deacons and, most importantly, my family; and, after much prayer, and despite many worries, I felt I should ‘cast out into the deep’ and see if the Church might be able to use me as a deacon.
Ordained in 2005, I still find it amazing that God has chosen me. Now I have the opportunity to share my thoughts and experiences about attempting to follow Christ as a husband and a father, with a full time job (as a Civil Servant) and with all the ups and downs that other families in the Church experience, and to encourage others to offer their time and talents in His service. As a deacon, the challenge is to minister not just to Catholics, or in the parish, but, in addition, to attempt to make Christ known in the ordinariness of family and working life.
Whenever I can find time between family, work and church commitments I return to my beloved Yorkshire (God’s own county!) or you would find me glued to the cricket supporting the Yorkshire and England Cricket teams