New Curate for South Beddington & Roundshaw

OUR NEW CURATE, PAUL FITZPATRICK

Paul is currently in his final year at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, West Yorkshire.    He will be joining us at Petertide 2019 and will be ordained Deacon on Saturday 29th June at Southwark Cathedral. 

Paul writes to introduce himself: A South London lad, growing up in Kennington, my Irish parents worked hard at bringing up my brother, sister and myself.  I enjoy making time for my friends, sharing moments together in the theatre, cinema or having a pint down the pub.  Reading helps me to relax and helps in preparing sermons.  God gave us the Earth and I have enjoyed travelling it to far places like Costa Rica, Israel, Egypt and Ghana.  Alongside this I have travelled extensively across Europe.

In terms of Christian ministry, I’ve been a Church Army Evangelist since 1998, working in deprived areas in Sheffield and Cleethorpes, as well as inner city areas within London.  I have had a fulfilled prison ministry over the last 25 years.  In 2005 I moved into management within Church Army.  During 2011, I took a directorship with Prison Fellowship, and from there I moved in 2015 to lead a charity named Change Up at Kennington Cross helping those at risk in stabilising themselves and developing a business.

Most of my career has been influencing development within communities or organisations. I come to South Beddington & Roundshaw with anticipation that I will add to the life and ministry that has built up over many years.  I will arrive at a time when a lot of change is taking place in the world and in our country.

I am blessed to have met genuine parishioners of a welcoming and open church in which I can serve my Curacy.   My Anglo-Catholicity gives me a firm foundation in building a living faith centred upon our Lord.  This equips me and those whom I will serve to face up to the rigours of life in today's world.  I come to this vista as a servant.  I will seek to discover where we are fitting in to these changing scenes and hopefully make a substantial contribution for our spiritual well being here in South Beddington & Roundshaw..