The Messenger 12th August 2022

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Clergy Information

Clergy Information

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.


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.


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.


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.


Fr. James McAuley becomes a Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia (in succession to Canon Michael Dennehy).


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.