Recent Clergy Appointments and Creation of New Parishes

Wednesday 16th October 2019

Over the last few months 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 “I am very grateful to all the priests and parishes who have welcomed and accepted moves. We must ensure that the Church continues to be missionary and outward facing, spreading the Gospel message of God’s love in practical ways, particularly for the benefit of those most in need. ”

In addition to the reappointment of some clergy, Canon Alan Denneny, Fr Richard Aspden, Mgr John Corcoran and Canon Michael Buckley have recently retired. 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.

Clergy Moves:

Fr. Barry Lomax has been appointed as parish priest of Sacred Heart, Westhoughton.

Fr Derek McCartney has been appointed as parish priest of Christ the King, Newton Heath.

Provost Paul Brindle has been appointed as parish priest of Our Lady of the Valley Parish Clitheroe, Sabden and Dunsop Bridge.

Fr. James Manock has been appointed as parish priest of St Vincent’s Norden, Rochdale.

Fr. Philip Brady has been appointed as parish priest of St. Mary and St. Philip Neri, Radcliffe.

Fr. Dermot Heakin has been the appointed as the parish priest of St. Teresa’s Little Lever in addition to his existing appointment as parish priest of St. Osmund Parish Breightmet, Bolton and the amalgamation process of both parishes has been triggered.

Fr Francis Wadsworth has been appointed as the parish priest of St Margaret Clitherow, Rochdale.

Fr William Foley had been appointed as the parish priest of St Marie and St Joseph, Bury.

Fr Kevin Murphy has been appointed as the priest in charge at Sacred Heart and St Francis of Assisi, Gorton

Fr Michael Deas has been appointed assistant priest at St Catherine’s Didsbury

Fr Damien Louden has been appointed assistant priest at St James the Less, Rawtensall

Fr Bob Hayes has been appointed assistant priest at Our Lady and St Joseph, Heywood

New Parishes

Additionally over the last few months a number of new parishes have been formed:

The Good Samaritan, Burnley is the newly named parish formed from St Mary of the Assumption, Burnley Christ the King, Burnley  and St John the Baptist, Burnley .

Saint Joseph and St Edward, Longsight and Rusholme formed from St Joseph, Longsight and St Edward, Rusholme.

St Ambrose Barlow, Swinton and Pendlebury formed from St Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Swinton, St Charles, Moorside and St Mark, Pendlebury.

Saint John Henry Newman, Urmston and Flixton formed from Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Urmston and St Monica, Flixton.

Divine Mercy, Chadderton and Hollinwood formed from Corpus Christi, Hollinwood and St Herbert, Chadderton.

Saint Peter and St Thomas More, Middleton and Alkrington formed from St Peter, Middleton and St Thomas More, Alkrington.

Many of these parishes have been working together for a number of years. We offer our prayers to the new parishes as they come together as a community in worship and to build strong missionary parishes.

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