About Tony

After training for the Catholic Priesthood for 12 years (from the age of 13), Tony served in the pastoral ministry in two SE London parishes for 9 years. He reluctantly left the active ministry in 1973 to marry (not reluctantly!). After an education course, Tony spent 3 years teaching before joining a Catholic publishing house for 9 years, filling several roles from editing to selling.

For the next 18 years he was Head of Religious Studies at St. Bernard’s High School, Westcliff-on-sea. This was followed – on retirement – by 3 years as lay chaplain. He now occupies his time with work for the Catholic Diocese of Brentwood as a Diocesan Inspector of schools; lecturer for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies and Ecumenical Officer for the Diocese (and there is still some time for writing!). He also helps in his deanery with the annual training of Eucharistic Ministers and the delivery of the RCIA programme.

Liz, his wife for 40 years, is a registered childminder. They have four grown-up children and nine grandchildren. (A fuller biographical sketch can be found in ‘Who’s Who in Catholic Life’ 2005 edition).

Tony has a long experience of conducting parish retreats and Days of Recollection, for example, for Eucharistic Ministers. All enquires welcome, contact Tony.