Ongoing Formation of Priests Committee and Staff
Dr Mark Nash
Mark, now Director of On Going Formation and Centre for Catholic Formation, was formerly formation adviser for Kent; Mark joined the diocese in January 2014 with over seven years' diocesan experience promoting and supporting small Christian communities. He has previously spent a considerable length of time in tertiary education completing a Ph.D. in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham in 2007. A father of four Mark lives in the parish of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Herne Bay.
Mrs Gill Reeves
Gill has been involved in her local Parish in West Malling for many years, including being the Parish Secretary for over ten years before becoming Fr Paul Mason's Secretary as Episcopal Vicar for Kent. Gill will continue in this role as well as being the Secretary for OnGoing Formation of Priests, which she started in April 2016. As OGF Secretary she provides administrative support to the Committee which includes managing In Service Training bookings from the Clergy and various other administration.
Ms Kathy Robinson MBE
Kathy has worked in Catholic Education in the Diocese for almost forty years. Twenty years spent at Notre Dame in Southwark, and then at St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College as Vice Principal and Marketing & Admissions Manager, until her retirement. She is now involved in the provision of In-Service Training.
Ms Margaret Philpot
Margaret studied for a BA in Modern Languages and an MA in Linguistics at London University. She also has a diploma in counselling/psychotherapy - having completed three years training at the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust. She spent many years in the secondary, tertiary and distance learning sectors of the British education system, and for several years has led adult human development groups. She is currently the OGF Committee member responsible for Personal Support.
Fr Adrian McKenna-Whyte
Adrian has worked in both rural and suburban parts of the diocese and is Parish Priest of Brixton Hill. Prior to being ordained, Fr Adrian spent 12 years in NHS care management and has a Master's degree in Health and Social Welfare studies. In bridging parish and community issues, Fr Adrian serves as a Chaplain to the local police team and is a member of the Metropolitan Police's Local Authority Ward Panel. Further afield from local needs, Fr Adrian is a member of the Board of Directors of London Catalyst (formerly the Metropolitan Hospital Sunday Fund) which is a Greater-London-wide grant making charity that supports the spiritual, health and social welfare needs of Londoners to improve the health and well-being of people most in need. Drawing such work together, Fr Adrian maintains that the spiritual, health and social welfare needs of the clergy are paramount and is on the OGF team to help with the Retreats and Spiritual Support work.
Fr Jim Nolan
Jim was born in 1938. He was ordained at St Kieran's Seminary in Kilkenny for the Southwark Archdiocese in 1962. He has served in Streatham Hill, Lewisham and the Cathedral as Assistant Priest, and in Anerley as Parish Priest from 1979-2007. Since retiring in September 2007 he has been supplying for local parishes. He was appointed Episcopal Vicar for Retired Clergy in December 2007, and serves on the OGF Committee in this capacity.
Sr Sheila Moloney DMJ
Sheila is a Daughter of Mary and Joseph. She spent many years teaching in Coloma School in Shirley, and now is part of the Chaplaincy Team in Mayday Hospital - Croydon. She is a Vicar for Religious in the Diocese, and assists with Retreats and Spiritual Support on the OGF team.
Fr Leonard Tatt
Fr Len Tatt was a late vocation entering seminary at the age of 44, previously having a career as a Delivery Office Manager for Royal Mail. Len studied in Rome at the Pontifical Beda College. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from St Mary’s University and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Theology at Heythrop College, Kensington. Len was ordained in 2013 and spent two years as assistant priest at St Boniface in Tooting. Then, in 2015, he became Parish Priest at St Margaret Clitherow Church Dulwich Wood Park. Fr Len has particular responsibility for the courses at Aylesford for newly arrived/ordained priests and new parish priests.
Fr Ignatius Edet
Born in Itu (Nigeria), where he attended both minor and major seminaries before his priestly ordination in 2001 after undergraduate studies in philosophy (1993-1997) and theology (1997-2001). After initial ministry in formation, he did postgraduate studies in Systematic Theology at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), where he obtained a MA (2004), STL (2005), PhD and STD (2010). He came to Southwark at the end of June 2011 as an assistant at St John Fisher (Merton), combining it with lecturing on Ecclesiology at the defunct EPS and on Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations in the Permanent Diaconate Formation Programme. He is currently a parish priest at St Mary of the Crays, Crayford (from September, 2015) and part-time lecturer in Sacramental Theology at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh. Fr Ignatius has responsibility for the overseas priest support group.
Fr Philip Glandfield
Philip was ordained in 2003, after formation at St John's Seminary, Wonersh, having previously qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. His first appointment was as Assistant Priest at St Joseph's - New Malden, then to St Bartholomew's - Norbury in 2006. In 2009, he was appointed Private Secretary to the Archbishop of Southwark, and remains as a member of the OGF Committee.
Canon Joe Collins
Canon Joe began his studies for the priesthood at Mark Cross then started at St John's Seminary - Wonersh in 1955. His first appointment was to Woolwich parish, where he had the tremendous support of four other priests.
Six years later he was appointed MC at Southwark Cathedral, and became one of the eight priests in the parish. During his time there, he did a two year course on Counselling, Group Dynamics, and Psychosomatic illnesses. After five years, he moved into Archbishop's House and became part time secretary to Bishop Henderson. Together, they visited every parish in the Diocese except one. During holiday periods, he had the duties of part time Chancellor. Five years later, he was appointed Parish Priest of Earlsfield. After 8 years, he was appointed Parish Priest at Croydon, where he remained for over twenty five years. He is now enjoying his retirement but agreed to join the OGF Committee to take responsibility for Retired Priests in the SW Area.
Canon Michael Bunce
Canon Michael Bunce was ordained priest in 1964. He studied at Campion House, Osterley (1956-1958) and St John's Seminary, Wonersh (1958-1964). His first parish as an assistant was St Augustine's, Tunbridge Wells (1964-1968) and his second St Anselm's (1968-1978). He was asked by Archbishop Michael Bowen to serve as an Army Chaplain (1978-1986) and, upon leaving the Army, was appointed Parish Priest of SS Henry & Elizabeth, Sheerness (1986-1991). His final parish was St Thomas', Canterbury (1991-2011). Canon Michael retired in 2011 and now lives in Ash, a village near Sandwich. He enjoys reading, cycling (with an electric bike!) and visiting his friends and relations. He does occasional supply work in local parishes as well as being on the OGF Committee, keeping in contact with other retired priests in East and South Kent.