Fr Michael’s ministry at the Cathedral includes pastoral care for the sick and the housebound of the parish and he regularly celebrates Mass in some of the local residential homes. He is responsible for Baptism Preparation and has pastoral oversight over the Legion of Mary, the Cathedral Oblates and the Filipino Club. He is also the Cathedral’s Ecumenical and Interfaith Representative.
Fr Michael claims both Co. Cork and Lincolnshire antecedents and was brought up in Luton. He considered training as a biochemist, but from childhood had felt the call to priesthood. He studied for his theology degree at Heythrop College in Chelsea and was ordained to the diaconate at Westminster Cathedral. He spent his diaconal year at St Joseph’s parish Hanwell where he was ordained to the priesthood on 27 June 1981, the feast of St John Southworth to whom he has a particular devotion. He was appointed Chaplain at the Cathedral from 1985-1992, where his roles included Prefect of the Sacristy, Registrar, St Vincent de Paul School Chaplain and Keeper of the Clocks. He also ministered to the first HIV/AIDS patients at Westminster Hospital. He went on to serve as Parish Priest in Potters Bar, Teddington, and Hoddesdon. In 1999, he took a sabbatical year and trained for a dual PGCE, as both a primary and secondary school teacher. Specialising in science and RE, he taught at schools in Hereford, London, Luton and Bedfordshire and took a further qualification (PGCCE) in Citizenship Education. He was re-appointed to the Cathedral as Chaplain in 2014. Fr Michael thanks God for the ‘special blessing’ of serving for a second time in the great Cathedral community.