Fr Richard and Fr Mark
Introduction to Fr Richard Norman
Richard (23) was born and brought up in Croydon,and attended Wallington County Grammar School.From there he went up to Oxford to read Philosophy & Theology at Christ Church.
After being recommended for ordination training,he spent two years at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, where he also studied for an M.A. in Theology & Pastoral Studies through Leeds University.
His parents continue to live in Croydon, and he has one younger brother who is atuniversity in Aberystwyth.
Richard worshipped in Croydon at S. Michael & All Angels Church, and whilst at Oxford was Sacristan of Pusey House. In summer 2010 he went on placement for a month to the Diocese of Saldanha Bay, South Africa; he was also on the Ministry Team for the Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage, and spent two weeks on attachment to the Royal Army Chaplaincy Department. In 2009, before beginning at Mirfield, he was pastoral assistant in the parish of All Saints, New Cross. The year before that, he spent the summer living alongside an Anglican Benedictine monastic community in Newbury, and in 2008 he worked over summer as an ecumenical tour guide in the Sint Pieterskerk, Leuven, Belgium. His pastoral placements at theological college included a parish in Huddersfield and Harrow School chaplaincy.
Richard is a keen musician, playing the violin and singing. As an undergraduate he appeared as Chaucer in a student production of 'The Canterbury Tales' at Magdalen College, Oxford; and in his final year at secondary school he directed and acted in a contribution to the school's Festival of House Plays.
Richard is a frequent contributor to New Directions, the monthly publication of Forward in Faith, and is also involved in the New Oxford Movement of young Catholic theologians in the Church of England.
He is very much looking forward to coming to Rotherhithe to serve as assistant curate,not least for the parish's successful combination of a fine liturgical tradition and a livelysocial calendar. He hopes to meet as many parishioners as possible during the first months of his curacy.
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