Parish Priest – Canon Pat Browne
Our parish priest, Canon Pat Browne, presides over and animates our community. Fr. Pat is the first priest ever to be appointed Roman Catholic Duty Priest to Parliament. Additionally, he is on call as Chaplain for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
Born in Co Meath in Ireland, the son of a postman, Pat Browne was ordained a priest in 1974 for the Westminster diocese. He began his ministry in Edmonton, and later moved to Westminster Cathedral. Parishioners appreciate his great singing voice and feel for liturgy – he studied singing at the College of Music in Dublin while a seminarian at All Hallows College.
At Westminster Cathedral he was part of the liturgical team and Cantor. When Pope John Paul II visited Britain in 1982, he was chosen to sing the Gospel at the Mass in the Cathedral and he did so again at the Vatican in 1988 when Pope Paul II beatified English and Welsh Martyrs.
In 1985 Fr Pat became private secretary to the Cardinal Archbishop, Basil Hume. He keeps a photograph of the late Cardinal on his desk.
In 1990 he took over the parish at Kentish Town, where he was said by the congregation to have “worked wonders”. As always, he lent his inspired touch to the liturgy, while people noted his ability to spot and bring on lay talent. He came to Pimlico as parish priest of Holy Apostles in 2001.
Parish Sister – Sister Louise
Father Pat has asked me to write something about myself for the Newsletter. This is something I have never done before so I find it somewhat daunting!!
Although my life has been very blessed, it has been very ordinary.
I come from Ardee, Co Louth, Ireland. When I was in my teens I got to know the daughters of Charity in Drogheda. I used to see the Sisters going about their work – visiting people in their homes, running a clinic for the sick, and teaching in the school.
I always admired them but had no desire to join them – at least, not then! When eventually God did call me to the Religious Life, it was to their Community that I applied for admission.
I did my formation as a Daughter of Charity in Dublin, but since then my work has been in England and Scotland. My work has been in the field of Child Care – working with deprived children, or with deaf children. I have also worked in homes for the elderly. For the past six years I have had my first experience as a Parish Sister. It was a very happy and rewarding experience.
Now I have been asked to come and to work in Holy Apostles Parish. I am very happy to be here, and I look forward to getting to know you all. Remember, that I don’t know you as yet – so please make yourself known to me. No doubt you will have to tell me your name a dozen times. Be patient with me. I will get it eventually.
Some of you have asked me if I knew Sister Louise, who worked here many years ago. Sadly, I didn’t. However, only last week I stood at her grave in Mill Hill, as another daughter of Charity was laid to rest with her. She seems to have been quite a character, so I have a lot to live up to, if I follow in her footsteps.
I shall be grateful for your prayers, and will remember you all in mine as we work together in Holy Apostles.
Sister Louise, Daughter of Charity
Parish Pastoral Coordinator
Supporting both Fr Pat and Sr Louise, is JudyAnn Masters our Parish Pastoral Coordinator. She was born in California andcomes to us via Hawaii. Now a British citizen, she has a MA in Pastoral Theology from Heythrop College, University of London. She has spent 25+ years in private practice as a counsellor and spiritual director. JudyAnn provides practical and spiritual support to our community’s ministries and programmes. She has an “open door” policy.
Jan Bidaud, deals with all the bookings and Hall related business. You can hire our parish hall at very reasonable rates for meetings and celebrations. Jan also looks after the building and house. M- 07717 5666 05 email@example.com
Pat and Maureen Kehoe, prepare the church for liturgical celebrations—including Mass, Morning and Evening Prayer and the Adoration of the blessed Sacrament. Pat and Maureen selflessly serve virtually everyday of the year, looking after the sacred and practical aspects connected with church life. There are numerous other duties including looking after the tabernacle, altars, candles and shrines in church.