Deacon, Year 7
Venerable English College, Rome
I was born in Coventry, in July 1987, and baptised in my local parish in November of that same year. Growing up in the parish, I became an altar server and also began to help out with some of the readings during Sunday Mass.
Priesthood wasn’t anything I aspired to as a child, but as I watched the election of Pope Benedict XVI unfolding on a rolling news channel, I began to feel that I was called to do something useful with my life, and become a priest.
I was blessed to have many different experiences in life, but found that none of them were bringing me true happiness and fulfilment. So, after three years at University, a brief stint in the Army reserves and working for the Imperial War Museum in London, I decided to try and apply to the Archdiocese for training as a Priest. I was accepted by the Archbishop and sent to the Royal English College in Spain for a year, before being sent to complete my studies at the Venerable English College, Rome. On 15th July 2018, I was ordained to the diaconate.
Seminary life is a wonderful life, with one or two challenges thrown in along the way, not least being a long way from family and friends, so I feel greatly supported by the prayers of our parishioners in the Archdiocese. Please, keep them coming!