A Message from Fr Robert - our Vicar Designate

It is wonderful to be writing to you as your Vicar Designate, and to share a little bit about us. 


Presently, I am the Parish Priest of St Thomas’ Hanwell, W7 where I have had the privilege of serving for eleven happy years. Before that I was Parish Priest at two parishes in Nottingham. I also served my title in that Diocese.


Before becoming a priest I was a management accountant at a group of local newspapers in North Nottinghamshire.


My theological passion is liturgy and particularly the connection between the Mass and Mission. This passion led to me completing a doctorate in the subject in 2014.


I have over the years chaired a Diocesan Liturgical Committee, taught on local ordination courses, been a church-school Governor, at various schools and I am a Willesden area Post Ordination Tutor. However, at heart, I am a Parish Priest. I love nothing more than the joy of life together gathered at the altar and in the community.


I have been married to Sarah for over 30 years, and we have two children, Izzy and Alexander.


Sarah works as a Disability Employment Advisor for the Department of Work and Pensions. She also leads intercessions, reads, and does all sorts of other things (usually involving significant amounts of hospitality) in the church.


Izzy is 28 and works within a SEND department in a High School, and is about to train as an Art Psychotherapist.


Alexander is in the lower sixth form doing his A levels, and serves at the altar at St Thomas’.


As a family we enjoy food, drink and entertaining. Alexander and I love cricket hence our house is a very happy place this year as both Middlesex (Alex’s team) and Nottinghamshire (mine) have been promoted. 


We are all very excited about joining you in January and sharing our life with you. Please do pray for us as we make this move, and be assured of our constant prayers for you all.


Much love.


Yours in partnership in the gospel,


Fr. Robert