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We are a small, dedicated team at the Diocesan Vocations Office, who work together to support discerners, help promote a culture of vocation across the Archdiocese of Birmingham and administer the Clergy Training Fund.

For general enquiries, send an email to or you can contact a specific member of our team using the details below.

Our address:

Diocesan Vocations Office

St. Mary's College, Oscott

Chester Road

Sutton Coldfield

B73 5AA

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Meet Our Team

Fr Craig
Fr. Craig Szmidt

Vocation Director

& Director for Ongoing Formation
​0121 321 5142 / 
07306 409264

Fr. Craig joined the Vocations Office in July 2021, having previously been a parish priest in Wolverhampton and Birmingham.


Deacon Owen Gresty

Diocesan Promoter

for Vocations

​0121 321 5135 / 07305 262364

Deacon Owen is a permanent deacon of the Archdiocese (ordained 2018) whose background is in teaching. He is married with two sons.

Kathryn Bayliss

Personal Assistant to the

Vocations Director
​0121 321 5144

Kathryn has been at the Vocations Office since 2016. Prior to that, she was a Senior Learning Mentor at one of our diocesan schools. She is married and has four children and four grandchildren.

Kathryn is also Administrator for the Guild of St. Stephen

Also in the Vocations Office...
Paul Northam

Diocesan Advisor for

Evangelisation & Discipleship
0121 321 5148

Paul is married to Joanne and they have five children. He has lived, worked and worshipped in Birmingham for most of his life, and he wants to encourage every Catholic to respond to God’s call to share their faith with others.


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