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OUR PRIESTS


FR. MICHAEL LOVELL


 


It is my pleasure and privilege to join you as your Parish Priest in succession to Fr. Kevin Stokes. Please pray for us both. I look forward to meeting you all.

 


 

PARISH PRIESTS SINCE 1850


 

Jeremiah Donovan   1850-1853

 

Henry Clark             1853-1854

 

James Doyle             1854-1855

 

John Ainsworth        18551880

 

William Morley        1880-1899

 

Emile du Plerny        1899-1907

 

Joseph Butt              1907-1908

 

Robert Collinson      1908-1914

 

Peter Ernest Ryan     1914-1930

 

Edmund Redding      1930-1936

 

Herbert Calnan         1936-1956

 

Bernard Grady          1956-1986

 

Dominic O'Sullivan   1986-2002

 

Vincent Flynn            2002-2013

 

Kevin Stokes              2013-2017

 

Michael Lovell           2017-present

 


PERMANENT DEACONS


DEACON PETER SEBASTIAN


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Deacon Peter was ordained at St George's Cathedral, Southwark, by the Most Reverend Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark on 4 July 2015. 

He is a Permanent Deacon appointed to the Kingston Deanery and is based at St Raphael's under the direction of Fr Michael. He has been a parishioner at St Raphael's for over thirty years.

 

What is a Permanent Deacon?  The term "deacon" means "servant" (from the Greek), assisting the bishop, the priest, his brothers and sisters and the Church as a whole. 

 

As such, a deacon plays his part in the three-fold ancient ministry of the Church, to be a witness to our Lord Jesus Christ by:

 

(1)  proclaiming the Gospels, preaching and teaching - ministry of the Word;

 

(2) assisting the priest at the altar in Liturgy (the Mass) - ministry of the Altar;

 

(3) serving through acts of charity and administration his local parish and community, living the Social Teaching of the Church - ministry of Charity. 

 

A deacon is ordained to Holy Orders and is a member of the Catholic clergy, but a deacon is not a priest.  All priests are first ordained deacons before they are ordained priests, and all bishops are first ordained to the diaconate and then to the priesthood before they are ordained bishops.  The Permanent Diaconate is for men at any stage in their life, whether married or single. 

 

A Permanent Deacon is permitted to baptise, minister at weddings and funerals, assist at Mass and take Holy Communion to the sick and dying as an "ordinary minister of the Eucharist," proclaim the Gospel at Mass, give homilies as requested by the Parish Priest, and teach and give instruction in the Catholic faith. Permanent Deacons are not permitted to say Mass (consecrate the gifts of bread and wine), hear confession and give absolution or administer the Last Rites, all of which fall to a priest / bishop.  

Fr Kevin has also appointed Deacon Peter to be the Catholic Chaplain to Kingston University and to the Kingston University Catholic Society (KUCS).  See www.kingston.ac.uk/faith/contactus/

If you have any questions relating to the Catholic faith and the University, or want to join KUCS, please contact Deacon Peter on deaconpetersebastian@gmail.com


LINK TO KINGSTON UNIVERSITY CATHOLIC SOCIETY