I have been a Foundation Governor of Our Lady of Lourdes R C Primary School since taking up my appointment as the Parish Priest of the Parish of Our Lady of Good Counsel and Guardian Angels in September 1996.
I was ordained as a priest for Salford Diocese in 1982 in my home parish of St Mary's, Bacup. My first appointment was to the Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption in Langley, Middleton where I was an assistant priest for 5 years. I was then asked to work as part of the team at the Catholic Missionary Society (CMS) based in London. The CMS were a national team working through the whole of England and Wales, helping parishes to reflect upon their mission, and also involving training of youth workers and parishioners in the area of how to reach out to people with the gospel message.
After 4 years as a team member and 3 years as the Director of the CMS, I was given a sabbatical year, which was spent in Chicago, living in a large parish and attending Loyola University where I was awarded my Master Degree in Adult Religious Education. I returned from Chicago to take up my appointment at Guardian Angels.
As Parish Priest, I serve on two other Governing bodies: Guardian Angels Primary School and St Gabriel's High School. I hope that having been involved in one way or another in education for most of my life (either my own or in various capacities), I am able to bring some experience and knowledge, and also to be a bridge between the three schools I serve as a foundation governor and as a priest.