I was ordained priest at Aylesford Priory on the 23rd June 1974 and appointed as curate to St Gertrude’s Parish, South Croydon where I served for 4 years. In May 1978 Archbishop Michael established the Southwark Catholic Youth Chaplaincy and I was appointed Youth Chaplain, a post I held for nine years.
I was then sent to Surrey Docks Rotherhithe to establish a new parish in the Docklands Development Area. In the eight years I was there the parish built a new church, priest’s flat and school. In 1995 I was asked to move to St Francis Parish in Maidstone.
I ministered there for 19 years until my present appointment at the Sacred Heart, Wimbledon. I arrived here on the 22nd May 2014 and was inducted as Parish Priest on the 26th June 2014.
I appreciate the opportunity to serve the people of this very special parish. I am conscious of the jesuit heritage of the parish and look forward to working with all the other priests in the parish as well as the members of the pastoral team and Parish Pastoral Council.
A Nigerian from the Catholic Diocese of Olu in Imo state Nigeria. I was ordained on August 18, 2001.
I sincerely believe that our blessed Lord Jesus Christ is love. He is loving, lovely and and loveable. Encouraging people to fall in love with him remains my vocation, mission and passion.
Being a christian should be a joy. Let us share this joy. Let the sun shine.
The first time I came to the South of the Thames was in 1948 when I became a Jesuit novice in Roehampton. Jesuit studies followed in Chantilly, near Paris, Heythrop, then in rural Oxfordshire, and Burgundy. Then came three years at Campion Hall, Oxford. That done I was assigned to teaching at Stonyhurst in Lancashire in 1966.
In 1975 the Provincial moved me to St Beuno’s in North Wales to “turn it into a retreat house”. I set about that task with enthusiasm and during the school holidays I regularly gave retreats to religious communities and valued that work greatly.
Later I was sent to take charge of our St George’s College in what was then Salisbury, Rhodesia. The six years I spent there I look upon as the most significant of my life and I dare say that I could talk about them until the cows come home.
But in 1984 I was back in Britain to become Rector of Stonyhurst where my first task was to set about selecting the first lay headmaster for the school. Those too were very happy years.
In 1992 I returned to St Beuno’s and four years later, to my great surprise, the Provincial asked me to go to Farm Street as parish priest. Although I had always helped in the parish churches attached to the works to which I had been assigned, this was my first official posting to parish work and it brought me great joy.
In 2002 my first appointment in the new millennium was to Preston as a sort of bursar. The work included keeping an eye on the welfare of the elderly and frail members of the community and helping in the fine church of our inner city parish. After seven years the Provincial agreed to my suggestion that a placement in London could give me contact with the rising generation of Jesuits if that was considered likely to be of help to me and perhaps to them as well. So it was that I joined our men in Wapping only to receive just a year later a letter from the Provincial asking me to join the parish team at 14 Edge Hill and the rest, as they say, is history.