Clergy moves in Britain

As the September 3rd newsletter reports. a number of Ordinariate clergy are moving this September. Probably the most significant move is that of Father Simon Chinery to Hemel Fr Simon ChineryHempstead, where the Ordinariate group has been without a pastor for quite a long time now and has been served for Sunday Masses and the Easter Triduum by a team of flying priests from all over the region, including the Expats spiritual director, Fr. Scott Anderson. Father Chinery leaves a diocesan parish in Saltash in the Diocese of Plymouth, where he had had no Ordinariate group, and will commence work in Hemel Hempstead on 10th October.

Two other priests who are moving within the Diocese of Brentwood in order better to serve their Ordinariate groups are:

Fr David WallerFather David Waller, who has been priest-in-charge of St John the Baptist in Ilford (in the East of Greater London) and pastor of the Ordinariate group in Walthamstow, some fifteen miles away,  is now to take over the parish of Christ the King in Chingford, which is much more convenient, being only two miles from Walthamstow.

Fr Jeff Woolnough and Fr Lee Bennett

Fr Jeff Woolnough and Fr Lee Bennett

Father Lee Bennett moves from Holy Family, Benfleet, to take over the Parish of Sacred Heart and St. John Fisher, Southend-on–Sea, in September. The Benfleet and Hockley Ordinariate Groups merged at the beginning of this month to form one Southend Area Mission, based at St John Fisher Church, Prittlewell, Southend. The Mission will be served by Fr Bennett and Fr Jeff Woolnough, priest-in-charge of St Peter’s, Eastwood, Leigh on Sea. They will be assisted by Fr Bob White (retired), Deacon Richard Cerson and Michael Halsall, who is to be ordained transitional Deacon by Bishop Alan Williams, Bishop of Brentwood, on Wednesday 30th September at St John Fisher’s at 7.30pm.

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