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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Three new priests for Clifton
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¬†The Bishop of Clifton, Right Reverend Declan Lang, will ordain three Priests in Clifton Cathedral, Bristol, on Saturday 9 July. Philip Beisly, Tom Smith and Mark Moran will be welcomed to the priesthood by a full Cathedral congregation gathered from friends, family and members of the clergy from around the Clifton Diocese. The celebration emphasises the large area of the country the Clifton Diocese covers (Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Bristol) as Philip comes from Weston-super-Mare on the Somerset coast and Tom hails from Salisbury in the south of the diocese. Mark is originally from Bolton and has worked in parishes in Gloucestershire, Bath and Bristol during his time studying to become a priest. Philip Beisly was born and brought up in Weston-super-Mare. He went to school at the town's Catholic primary, Corpus Christi. After studying English at Cambridge University, Philip's work in adult education led to a move north to Derbyshire. However, he returned to his Weston roots and became involved in conservation and environmental issues working with the voluntary sector and developing a number of community projects. In September 2001 Philip began his studies for the priesthood at St John's Seminary, in Wonersh, Surrey. Philip is an expert on local history and has written two books about the seaside town's intriguing past. Philip said: "I have been helped enormously by the support, friendship and prayers of so many people in the parish of Corpus Christi here in Weston. I particularly thank them all and pray for God's blessing for them." Tom Smith is from Salisbury where he grew up until he went to university in Manchester to study art history. Having secured his degree he applied to the Clifton Diocese to train for the priesthood. Tom went to Spain to begin his studies for the priesthood at The Royal English College in Valladolid. He completed his priestly training back in England at St Mary's College, Oscott near Birmingham. Tom has taken part in various pastoral placements around the diocese including spells working in Trowbridge, Weston-super-Mare, Cheltenham and Swindon. Tom has also spent time overseas experiencing missionary life in Uganda. His work in Africa gave him an insight into the universal nature of Catholic life which was recently been brought into to many people's attention with the change in Papacy. Tom said: "I am thrilled about becoming a priest. It will be humbling and exciting to be able to serve in a parish and journey in faith with the people of the local community to which I am sent." Mark Moran grew up in Westhoughton, near Bolton and attended St Joseph's Catholic Secondary School in Horwich. Before realising his vocation to the priesthood he worked in two very different areas of industry, first as a chef and then as an administrator. He was accepted to study for the priesthood by Bishop Declan in May 2002, having already completed four years of training for the Salford Diocese. Mark was given the opportunity of a nine month placement in the parish of The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Cheltenham, which he enjoyed; quickly becoming part of the fabric of parish life at the foot of the Cotswolds. He completed his academic work at the Missionary Institute in London. This year has been very important for Mark. Not only does it mark 30 years since he made his First Holy Communion ≠ his first memories of wanting to be a priest, but it is also the year he experienced first hand the atmosphere at the Vatican following the death of Pope John Paul II. Mark reported from Rome during April for the Clifton Diocese and local media, relaying and commentating on the atmosphere at the Vatican following the death of Pope John Paul II. Mark has a keen interest in visual art and is an avid collector of modern pieces as well as historical paintings inspired by Church life. Mark said: "To be ordained, during this year dedicated to the Holy Eucharist, brings me great joy. I don't really know how my life as a priest will unfold, but I feel very privileged to have been given the opportunity to realise my true vocation and look forward to serving wherever I am sent." Bishop Declan said: "I am looking forward to celebrating the Ordinations and pray that the three priests will have many fruitful years of ministry within our diocese." The Ordinations take place at Clifton Cathedral on Pembroke Road, Clifton, Bristol on Saturday 9 July at 11am. Further information about the Clifton Diocese can be found at:
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