New Rector for Wonersh

 Monsignor Jeremy Garrett, Parish Priest of St Laurence, Petersfield, has been appointed Rector of St John's Seminary, Wonersh near Guildford. He takes up his new appointment in September. Monsignor Jeremy was born on the 18 March 1950, in Aldershot and educated at Salesian College in Farnborough. At the age of 19 he went to the Venerable English College and the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome for priesthood studies. He was ordained priest on 26 July 1975 by Bishop Worlock for the Portsmouth Diocese. After serving as curate at Windsor and Ascot he was appointed Parish Priest of Sacred Heart in 1984. He returned to Rome as Vice-Rector of the English College in 1985, a post he held until 1991 when he undertook further studies at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He returned to the Diocese to become Parish Priest of St Joseph, Basingstoke, and moved to St Laurence, Petersfield 2001. He was appointed Vicar General of Portsmouth Diocese in 1995, a post he held until the end of 2005. He has degrees in Philosophy and Theology, a Master's Degree in Pastoral Theology and a Licentiate degree in Moral Theology. He lists his hobbies are walking, gardening, upholstery, furniture restoration and collecting antique tools. Other interests include history, music, and art. He said: "I like cooking (a bit) and eating (a lot) and reading cheap paperback thrillers. I also like wine - in moderation, of course." My earliest memory is being growled at by a big black dog when I was two, and I was 13 and at my regular Friday evening First Aid class with St John's Ambulance Brigade when President Kennedy was assassinated! Speaking of his appointment, Mgr Jeremy said: "I am delighted to have been asked to become Rector of Wonersh, it is a big challenge and I am looking forward to it. I will certainly miss the Diocese of Portsmouth and the people of my parish of Petersfield. Fortunately I won't be too far away so I will be able to keep in contact." Bishop Crispian Hollis, Bishop of Portsmouth said: "The Diocese is honoured that Jeremy has been chosen to become Rector of Wonersh and I am sure he is the right man for the job. The diocese will miss him, and I will miss him as a valued colleague, as a confident and as a friend. I wish him every blessing in the task he is undertaking." Source: Diocese of Portsmouth

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