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Two new priests

Fr Robin and Caroline Farrow
Fr Robin and Caroline Farrow

Lent 2015 will go down in the history of our Society. We have smoothed the path of two new priests for the Church. On Saturday 14th March Keith Sylvia was ordained for the Archdiocese of Southwark in the church of the Annunciation, South Croydon and on Thursday 19th March, the Solemnity of St Joseph, Robin Farrow was ordained for the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton in the church of St Joseph, Guildford. Archbishop Smith of Southwark presided at both ordinations and spoke movingly of the commitment which is Catholic priesthood, its great joys and challenges and its vitality for the life of the Church. ‘Without priests’, said the archbishop, ‘the Church would be like a headless chicken!’. The archbishop’s gentle humour displayed his own great love of the priesthood and the Church. These are new days for Keith and Robin but they bring to the priesthood the rich experience of their Anglican ministries. Fr Keith has been appointed assistant priest at the Annunciation South Croydon and Fr Robin priest in charge at Ash and Heath End near Farnham in Surrey.

Both our new priests are married. Fr Robin to the Catholic writer and blogger Caroline and Fr Keith to the musician and singer Jacqueline. Jacqueline’s father, Fr Alan Sharpe, is also a priest of Arundel & Brighton. You can read more of our new priests’ stories in these pages. Meanwhile do keep them and their families and their parishes in your prayers and pray too that our Lord will raise up many holy priests to serve his people.

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