Pastoral Ministry

PASTORAL MINISTRY

As a Christian called to be a monk and priest I realise that all I do is part of my ministry. This includes my prayer life, my community life, the work I do under obedience to the Abbot who represents Jesus in the monastery, celebrating the Eucharist, ministering the Sacraments, healing ministry, exercising charisms and sharing my faith in evangelising situations or retreats, as well as my recreation and my hobbies.

Over a long period I have acquired documents, given talks, written articles and the best of these I wish to share with you on my website.

Every Christian begins with his or her FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST, and then expresses this is prayer, celebrating it with others in liturgy, and ministering it in SACRAMENTAL WAYS such as HEALING, COMMUNION, COMMITMENTS and sharing it in WITNESS and TALKS and HOMILIES.

The main activities of my life as a monk schoolmaster from 1962-1994 brought me into many demanding, challenging but interesting roles.

I taught history and Religious Studies at all levels. I was involved in most sporting activities from rugby to swimming. I was involved in the Cadet force, and AMPLEFORTH FILM SOCIETY and for 14 years worked in the Junior House in which I taught Calligraphy, candle making and bee keeping.

In 1992 I worked as housemaster of St. Dunstans House with some 60 boys (13-18)

And then had a Sabbatical year in which I attended a course at Hawkeston Hall, was in charge of a parish in HERMANUS SOUTH AFRICA, and lived for four months in a Monastery in Santiago Chile and worked in a school run by the Manquehue lay community.

I was in charge of the parish of Eastingwold for 9 months and then worked for a year in Warrington at St. Mary’s church where I met a lay community, five years in Leyland followed where I worked in prison and primary Schools. In 2002 I was leader of a team living in the monstery of St. Benedict’s Bamber Bridge Preston and serving the parish of Warwick Bridge.

– My chief pastoral ministry has been in education. After Oxford University I worked at Ampleforth College teaching history, coaching rugby, shot putting, discus, javelin, swimming. I ran the PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY and the FILM SOCIETY and was an officer in the COMBINED CADET FORCE – THE RAF SECTION, THE SIGNALS SECTION. I worked with the JUNIOR SCHOOL (10-13) FOR 14 Years, and then for two years I was HOUSEMASTER OF ST. DUNSTAN’S.

In 1997 when I went to LEYLAND I was a governor of the St. Anne’s primary school, their chaplain, and also on the Chaplaincy board of Runshaw College.

In 1994 I spent 3 months at HAWKESTON HALL and then two months in HERMANUS SOUTH AFRICA, and then another three months in SANTIAGO CHILE.

In 1996 for 6 months I was priest in charge at St. John the Evangelist EASINGWOLD. While I was there I went on a pilgrimage to MEDJUGORJE, and gave a retreat to the Mother Teresa sisters in TIRANA, ALBANIA.

In September 1996 I was assigned as Assistant priest at ST. MARY’S WARRINGTON. In 1997 I was assigned TO ST. MARY’S LEYLAND as Assistant. In 2000 I was part of the new community of ST. BENEDICT’S BAMBER BRIDGE serving St. Mary’s Leyland. In 2002 I was appointed to join a team to serve the parish of St. Wilfrid & St. Ninian at WARWICK BRIDGE, Carlisle.

ST. WILFRID AND ST NINIAN’S WARWICK BRIDGE. in 2004 I went to live at Our Lady & St. Michael’s Workington and served the parish of Warwick Bridge as Parish Priest on the weekends.
2009 The Ampleforforth Community handed the Lancaster Diocese the 2 parishes in Cumbria – Workington and Warwck Bridge thus ending some 200 years of service to the Diocese by the Community.
LEYLAND AGAIN – I returned to Leyland St. Mary’s as assistant with Bishop Ambrose Griffiths and Fr. Paul Browne the team – led by Fr. Jonathan Cotton who had been there 18 years.

During all this time, working as a Priest and responsible for Celebrations of Mass, of Sacraments and other Services, I composed and collected texts for all kinds of occasions. You will find them under LITURGY.