New Appointments from 8th September Bishop Philip writes…
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 Harris moves to Sacred Heart, Hook
Deacon Andrew Collins to assist in Stubbington and Lee-on-the-Solent
Deacon Timothy Graham (Ordinariate) to assist in Grayshore 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 St. Edmund’s Horndean.
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.