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Diocesan Priests

 “As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew, [...] they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Come after me and I will make you fishers of people.’ And at once they left their nets and followed him.”

- Matthew 4:18-20

Meet some of the diocesan priests of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Some are newly ordained and others have been priests for a longer time. Here, our priests speak about how seminary formation has helped them to engage in parish work, the challenges they have to overcome whilst being a priest and some great advice for current discerners.

Fr. Benedict Skipper

Ordained to the priesthood in 2020 at St. Chad's Cathedral, Fr. Benedict speaks about: 

  • What it is like to be a priest after so many years of seminary formation,

  • How he has adjusted to his new life in a parish environment,

  • The aspects of priestly ministry in the parish that he is looking forward to getting more involved with.

Fr. Chris Yule

As an assistant priest at Christ the King Parish in Coventry, Fr. Chris speaks about: 

  • What he does as an assistant priest,

  • What has surprised him whilst working as a priest,

  • Challenges he has faced,

  • Some great advice for current discerners.

Fr. John Waters

As an assistant priest at St. Dunstan's Church in Kings Heath, Fr. John (ordained 2019) speaks about: 

  • His discernment journey to priesthood,

  • His seminary formation at the Venerable English College, Rome,

  • What he does as an assistant priest,

  • Some great advice for current discerners.

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“If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire.” 

- St. Catherine of Siena

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