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Fr Jeff Cridland
I am a Londoner by birth. This year I am celebrating the 50th anniversary of my ordination in July. Following my ordination, I was sent to the Royal School of Church Music and then back to the Seminary as Music Professor and Bursar. Later, I spent some years as a curate in West Croydon, and then six years as a curate down here at St. Paul’s. I spent over twenty years in London parishes. I was parish priest in Nunhead for fifteen years, during which time the number of people attending Mass grew from 300 each weekend to 870. I was then sent to Sydenham, where I spent six years; and where the congregation went up from 400 to 700. I then came back to Kent where I served the people of Aylesham for 15 years before the parish was amalgamated with St. Paul’s.
Fr Leo Agbene Illah CSSp
I was ordained to the Catholic Priesthood on the 29th of July, 2008 in Nigeria. I belong to the Holy Ghost Fathers, (The Spiritans). For the last twelve years I did Missionary work in the Philippines. I had a very flourishing and joyful experience among the Filipino People. I was helping the poorest people in the island of Mindanao. I was a chaplain to University students, and later took charge of the Spiritans Social Actions which builds houses for the poor, provides food for those affected by natural disasters (typhoons) and the constant Muslim conflicts in Mindanao. In 2014, I served as the Provincial Superior of the Spiritan Mission in the Philippines. I also served as the Parish Priest at the Resurrection of the Lord Chinese -Filipino Parish, Iligan City from 2017 to 2020. I am very happy and blessed to share my life with you here at the Parish in Dover. God bless.
Deacon Barry Barton
I was ordained permanent deacon in 2003 in the Diocese of Leeds. The word ‘deacon’ is from the Greek word diakonos; to serve. The deacon is ‘a living icon of Christ the servant within the church.’ With the relevant bishops permission, I provide service to the Parish of the Good Shepherd (St Paul’s and St Finbarr's) and to Our Lady of Dover, Buckland. As deacon, I fulfil the 3 areas of responsibility, namely; service to the altar, service to the word, and service to the poor. I am currently the chair of Christians Together in Dover, Vice Chair of Governors at St Richard's Catholic Primary School, a Youth Alpha Facilitator and Lead Money Coach for Dover Money Course.
I am originally from Nuneaton but have spent over thirty years teaching French and Spanish in secondary schools in London and elsewhere. I spent a year in Dover while discerning my vocation to the priesthood as a “late vocation.” I started at Beda College, Rome in September 2019, but will remain attached to the parish, coming back in the holidays. In a relatively short time here I have been privileged to get to know a large number of people in this lively and welcoming parish and feel entirely at home. There is always something going on.
The Parish Secretary
Born and brought up in Dover, I attended St Paul’s Primary School and St Edmund’s Secondary School. I moved to Bristol where I lived for over 30 years bringing up five sons and working for Bristol Old Vic Theatre School as their Finance Officer. I moved back to Dover in 2013 and became Parish Secretary in 2016, shortly after St Paul’s amalgamated with St Finbarr’s. I love Dover and being part of parish life.
St Finbarr's Administrator
I have lived in Aylesham all my life, and I am part of community life here. I became a Catholic 11 years ago, after attending St Finbarr's church in Aylesham. I have two business's that I run from my home. I run a walking group to help people get out and about and meet new people. After St Finbarrs and St Pauls amalgamated, my ministry seemed to be in Dover. I am a street pastor which I love doing, getting out in the community getting to know the people of Dover. I help at the night shelter, soup kitchen and Community Table, where we feed people with food and love.