Clergy Appointments




For your information, the following new Clergy Appointments are taking place within the Archdiocese during these coming weeks of summer:

The following priests are to retire from active ministry:

  • Fr. Austin Griffin from Penwortham.
  • Fr. Sean O’Connor from Netherton.
  • Fr. Anthony Reynolds from Widnes.
  • Fr. Francis Ferns from Anfield.
  • Fr. Brendan Rice from the Ireneaus Project.

The following priests are taking up new appointments:

  • Mgr. John Devine from St Mary, St Benedict & St Oswald, Warrington to Douglas, Isle of Man as Parish Priest.
  • Fr. William Murphy from Blessed Sacrament, Aintree to St Wilfrid, Widnes as Assistant Priest.
  • Fr. Philip Inch from O.L. of the Assumption, Gateacre to St Teresa & St Mary Magdalen, Penwortham as Parish Priest.
  • Canon Philip Gillespie from Douglas, Isle of Man to the Beda College in Rome as Rector.
  • Fr. David Heywood from St Margaret Clitherow, Leigh to St Mary, St Benedict & St Oswald, Warrington as Parish Priest.
  • Fr. Stephen Pritchard from Liverpool Hope University to O.L. of the Assumption, Gateacre as Parish Priest while also remaining Chaplain at Liverpool Hope University.
  • Fr. Liam Collister from Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral to St Julie & St Teresa, St. Helens as Assistant Priest.
  • Fr. Paul Grady from Holy Name, Fazakerley to St Margaret Clitherow, Leigh as Parish Priest.
  • Fr. Joseph Kendall from St Wilfrid, Widnes to St Jude & St Aidan, Wigan as Assistant Priest.
  • Fr. Bruce Walles from Pastoral Area 1 to St Benet, Netherton as Parish Priest.
  • Fr. Matthew Jolley, newly-ordained, to Holy Name, Fazakerley as Assistant Priest.
  • Fr. Stephen Lee, newly-ordained, to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral as Assistant Priest.
  • Fr. John Meehan from Blessed Sacrament Shrine, Liverpool to St Paul & St Timothy, West Derby as Assistant Priest.
  • Fr. Sergio Haro from St Jude & St Aidan, Wigan to Blessed Sacrament, Aintree as Administrator.
  • Fr. Silviu Climent from St Teresa, Upholland to Pastoral Area 21 as Assistant Priest.