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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.
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.