This is the time of the year when we have been planning the deployment of clergy from the autumn. Today in e-News, we announce the new clergy appointments effective from 8th September 2022, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I would like to express immense gratitude to the priests who are moving for all their hard work for the Lord in their current appointments, and to thank them for agreeing to take on these new assignments. It is deeply moving to receive the humble obedience and joyful willingness of these priests. Moving from one appointment and then settling into another is about the hardest thing we do as diocesan priests. It is also a great challenge for our deacons and for all our parishioners. I pray earnestly that the Lord, Who I am convinced has been guiding this whole process, will grant us all the strengthening and refreshing grace we need. There are a few more announcements to come over the next weeks but below you can read the main list. Whilst the appointments become effective on 8th September, the exact changeover dates will vary depending on the schedules of both incoming and outgoing priests.
Here is the list so far:
- Canon Michael Dennehy is on sabbatical leave this coming year;
- Fr. James McAuley moves to Portsmouth to become Dean of St. John’s Cathedral.
- Fr. Pat Madden is on sabbatical leave this coming year in the Diocese of Galway;
- Fr. Ansel D’Mello moves to Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph’s Christchurch with Holy Redeemer, Highcliffe as parish priest, assisted pro tem by Fr. John Chadwick;
- Fr. Leo Odomeja moves to St. John Bosco, Woodley;
- Fr. Joseph Tangka (Bamenda) goes as assistant to Guernsey;
- Fr. Anthony Ikhenoba moves to Annunciation and St. Edmund Campion, Bournemouth;
- Fr. Bill Wilson moves to Our Lady of Lourdes, New Milton;
- Fr. Anthony Chiatu moves to Immaculate Conception, Portswood;
- Fr. Gaston Forbah moves to English Martyrs, Reading;
- Fr. Daniel Agber moves to Christ the King, Reading and becomes Coordinator of the Catholic Chaplaincy to Reading Hospital;
- Fr. Paul Leonard moves to St. Joseph’s Basingstoke;
- Fr. Benedict Ndikum (Bamenda) goes as assistant to Winchester;
- Fr. James Lewis goes as assistant to Waterlooville and Horndean, and becomes Coordinator of the QA Hospital Chaplaincy
- Rev. Edward Hauschild goes as assistant to Jersey parish.
- Fr. Dominic Adeiza moves to English Martyrs’ Didcot with St. John’s Wallingford;
- Fr. Anthony Fyk to St. John’s Cathedral as Bishop’s Secretary
- Fr. John Lee moves to Basingstoke Holy Ghost and St. Bede’s as parish priest and coordinating pastor;
- Fr. Phillip Harries moves to Sacred Heart, Hook.
- Deacon Andrew Collins to assist in Stubbington and Lee-on-the-Solent
- Deacon Timothy Graham (Ordinariate) to assist in Grayshott and Liphook
We welcome to the Diocese, Fr. Jean-Patrice Coulon, a Franzalian priest, currently the parish priest of Yeovil (Diocese of Clifton) and chaplain to the prison HMP Erlstoke. From 1st August, Fr. Jean-Patrice will be the part-time Catholic chaplain to HMP Winchester. He will also be part-time assistant at Basingstoke Holy Ghost and St. Bede’s.
New Salesian Parish Priest
The Salesian Provincial has appointed Fr. Michael Hynes SDB as the new parish priest of Our Lady Help of Christians, Farnborough. He will begin his ministry on the weekend of 23rd and 24th July.
Changes in the Douai Parish
Abbot Paul Gunter OSB has appointed Fr. Alban Hood OSB as the new parish priest of the Douai parish from 1st September, in succession to Fr. Gabriel Wilson.
New Dean and Vicar General
Fr. James McAuley becomes a Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia (in succession to Canon Michael Dennehy).
Episcopal Vicar for Education
Canon PJ Smith has kindly agreed to work full-time from September as the Episcopal Vicar for Education. He will be priest in residence at St. Edmund’s Horndean. The parish of Horndean will be looked after from Waterlooville and Canon PJ will also assist across both parishes.
This September we will say good-bye to
- Fr. Bernadine Nsom, who returns to the Archdiocese of Bamenda; and
- Fr. George Ngwa, who returns to the Archdiocese of Bamenda.
Fr. Anthony Gatt, parish priest of Immaculate Conception, Portswood is retiring this autumn, having reached the canonical age. We give many thanks to God for his dedicated ministry.