Originating from Cheadle, south Manchester, Fr Philip was ordained to the priesthood at St Chad’s Cathedral on the snowiest and coldest January day of 1996. Previous to this he had ministered for a few years in the Church of England in the diocese of Wakefield. Before going to Oscott, Fr Philip was based at St Patrick’s, Walsall, where he offered his first Mass. Shortly afterwards he was appointed as Curate to St Austin’s, Stafford. In 1998 he was appointed as Parish Priest of St Anne’s, Chelmsley Wood, and then, in 2002, became the Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Angels, Nuneaton, and Dean of Rugby Deanery. Since 2013 he has been Parish Priest of St Dunstan’s, Kings Heath, with St Jude’s, Maypole. He is also Dean of the Birmingham South deanery.
Fr John grew up in Coventry, read International Relations at the University of Hull and worked as a museum guide for the Imperial War Museum in London. He was also, briefly, a member of the Army Reserves. Entering Priestly formation in 2011 he was sent first to the Royal English College in Valladolid, Spain and subsequently to the Venerable English College in Rome.
Fr John was Ordained a Priest in July 2019 by Archbishop Bernard Longley and offered his First Mass at All Souls, Coventry, where he had been baptised. In June 2020 he gained a license in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and returned to the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
Archbishop Longley appointed him as Curate at Saint Dunstan’s and St Jude’s in September 2020.
Born in Birmingham, Deacon David worked for 38 years with Birmingham City Council, specialising in housing and estate management; he took early retirement in 2014. Deacon David and his wife Catherine were married in 1986, and they were both received into the Catholic Church, at St. Dunstan’s, in 1994. After four years of formation in the parish and at Oscott College, Deacon David was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in 2013. A Deacon (from the Greek word diakonos, meaning servant) is a sacramental sign of Christ the servant, and is called to be a faithful servant of the Word, of liturgy, and of charity.