Recent Clergy AppointmentsFriday 28th September 2018
Over the last few weeks there have been some clergy moves in parishes as the bishops new appointments of parish priests take place. These are detailed below.
Bishop John thanked all the priests who have accepted moves and amalgamations. He said “Change can be demanding and challenging but I can only think that the Lord is calling us to action and realistic planning for the future.
We must ensure that members of parish communities take increasing responsibility for administration and pastoral ministry, allowing priests to do what they are ordained to do. This will be the essential factor in developing our parishes as “mission parishes” and recognising that we are all “missionary disciples”.
In addition to the reappointment of some clergy, Fr Michael Waters, Fr Ray McKee, Fr John Williams, Fr Joe Sweeney and Fr Tom Connolly have recently retired. Fr Des O’Driscoll and Fr John Sullivan have also announced their retirement and will retire in the autumn. We give our thanks for their many years of service to the diocese and assure them of our continued prayers as they settle into retirement.
Recent Clergy Appointments
Fr Paul Blackburn as Assistant Priest to St Thomas More, Alkrington and St Peter, Middleton.
Fr Tony Clarke as Parish Priest at St Teresa, Irlam.
Fr Barry Lomax as Parish Priest at Our Lady and St Hubert with St Wulstan, Great Harwood and St Mary, Clayton-le-Moors.
Mgr Paul Smith as Parish Priest and Fr Gavin Landers as Assistant Priest to St Mark, Pendlebury and St Mary, Swinton (in addition to St Charles).
Fr Derek Woodhead as Parish Priest of Sacred Heart and Our Lady in addition to St Anne and St Michael.
Canon Michael Cleary as Parish Priest of St Kentigern, Fallowfield and St Edward, Rusholme.
Fr Gerald Murphy as Parish Priest of St Hugh of Lincoln, Stretford (in addition to St Ann’s, Stretford).
Fr Callum Brown first appointment will be as assistant priest to St Edward’s, Lees.
Fr Ged Kelly as Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, Farnworth.
Fr Mark Paver as assistant priest to St Luke, Irlams o’ th’ Height and Ss Peter & Paul, Pendleton