Welcome to my modest little "personal"
website. I probably need little introduction to
those who have been on the religious Internet
over the past few years. To be perfectly frank,
some see me as an unstable adventurer, someone
who disturbs certitudes, and others see me as
offering a refreshing alternative viewpoint in
various questions. In time, I found I didn't mind
what people think!
For the benefit of those who have
stumbled onto this page "by accident",
I'll give you a potted story of my life. I was
brought up in England is a fairly "Establishment"
kind of way, though with a profoundly liberal
kind of attitude on the part of my Anglican parents.
Tolerance, altruism, candidness and honesty have
always been key values in our family. I was born
in the north of England of a Yorkshire father
and a Surrey mother who met in Liverpool in the
post-war years. My education was fairly "old-fashioned"
and classical, including three years at St. Peter’s
School in York.
My childish imagination was divided
between seafaring and a love of church buildings
and Anglican church music. I began piano lessons
at the age of 8 because I wanted to learn the
organ. It was churches and the organ that won
out over the sea, other than a couple of times
crewing for our family dentist on his dinghy.
It would be more than forty years later that I
would have one hand on the tiller and the other
on the mainsheet! I was attracted to church through
beauty and love of something that would take man
out of himself to seek something greater.
Searching ever higher, and under
the influence of a friend who was under instruction
with the Jesuits to become a Roman Catholic, I
went that way. I was 22 and incredibly naive and
ignorant of the realities. I became a Roman Catholic
in 1981 through the traditionalists, and immediately
wanted to become a priest. After some unplesant
experiences, I studied theology at university
level at Fribourg in Switzerland and joined the
Institute of Christ the King in Italy, in which
I remained for five years. I was ordained a deacon
in 1993 in the seminary chapel by Cardinal Pietro
Palazzini. I was assigned to parish work in France
in an extraordinarily difficult situation and
left in 1995.
Subdiaconate - 21st March 1992
Diaconate - 19th March 1993
In 1998, I was ordained a priest
by an independent bishop by the name of Raymond
Terrasson. He had been ordained a priest by Bishop
Jean Laborie and consecrated by "Pope"
Clemente Dominguez y Gomez in Spain, who had been
consecrated controversially by an old Vietnamese
Roman Catholic archbishop by the name of Ngô-Dinh-Thuc.
The ordination was supported by two Roman Catholic
priests (both with the cura animarum and
still in their parishes at the time) and a number
of friends, most of whom are now deceased. Of
those in the photo below, I am the only one still
living other than, perhaps, the bald-headed priest
(second from the right) with whom I lost contact
many years ago. Man that is born of a woman
hath but a short time to live...
Priesthood - 24th June 1998
This ordination was recognised
as valid by Archbishop John Hepworth when he accepted
me into the Traditional Anglican Communion in
2005. I met my French wife, Sophie, later that
year, and in the following year - in May 2006
- we were married by Archbishop Hepworth in the
parish church of Chouzy-sur-Cissé near
Blois. I took up sailing in 2008, which has helped
me keep a reasonable level head through the changes
and vicissitudes of the TAC over the past few
years. With my background, there is no question
of being in an ordinariate (there are none in
France) or returning to the Roman Catholic Church
under the shadow of canonical irregularities.
I earn my living as a technical
Sea legs - standing on the
port side of the boat wearing a "hoodie"
A rather "pompous"
me sitting on my organ stool.
Since the resignation of Archbishop
John Hepworth as Primate of the Traditional
Anglican Communion, effective as of Easter Sunday
2012, and the abolition of the Patrimony of
the Primate, according to a letter received
from Archbishop Samuel Prakash, I found myself
in a unique situation in my life - unchurched
in spite of not having moved anywhere. Since the
"recomposition" of the TAC in March
2012, I received notice from Archbishop Prakash
in India that I was under the jurisdiction of
Bishop Craig Botterill, Episcopal Visitor to The
Traditional Anglican Church in England.
In April 2013 I resigned from the
TAC on good terms and was received into the Anglican
Catholic Church (Original Province), Diocese of
the United Kingdom by Bishop Damien Mead.