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FATHER THOMAS KENT LEAVES PRIESTHOOD AFTER ONE YEAR!

FROM DIOCESAN WEBSITE

The Eternal High Priest is Jesus Christ himself

HEBREWS  CH. 5

ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD

BISHOP RICHARD MOTH

Born 8 July 1958 in Chingola, Zambia and ordained priest 3 July 1982. He was installed as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton on the 28 May 2015, having previously served as Bishop of the Forces since 2009.

THOMAS KENT
Thomas is a seminarian of the diocese of Arundel and Brighton who has been studying at St John’s seminary in Wonersh since 2013. He has been recommended for ordination to the priesthood in July 2020.

The current climate dictates that whilst the ordination mass will go ahead, the congregation will be small, and will strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines, as well as the guidelines for worship from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Thomas’ formation and ministry to date has involved a great many clergy, religious, communities and individuals from the diocese of Arundel and Brighton and further afield. He would like to offer thanks to everyone that has helped to prepare him for this special day.

He would also like to offer thanks to all who have sent well wishes and attended virtually. When it is safe and appropriate to do so, he will be very glad to see you at a special celebratory Mass of thanksgiving.

PRIESTS ABANDONING PRIESTHOOD SOON AFTER ORDINATION

The seminary is a very unreal and unrealistic world – a bit like an all boys boarding school.

You can live a great fantasy life there – dressing up like a priest, all your meals and needs supplied, three holidays a year, living next door to other young men – some of whom you emotionally fancy or sexually desire.

And then you come out into the realife of parishes and presbyteries.

An old cranky PP? A crusty old housekeeper? An alcoholic PP? A PP sleeping with his housekeeper or the male organist.

My first PP in Wales was an alcoholic and totally anti Irish.

My second PP was sleeping with the housekeeper.

My third PP was an evil bastard from Tipperary.

And I had to live under the same roof as all of them.

The year after ordination I went back to celebrate Mass the seminarians in St. John’s Waterford.

The president, Monsignor Shine said: “Don’t tell what it’s like out there. You’ll frighten them”.

TODAYS EXTRA PROBLEMS

Today there are extra problems. There is the all embracing homosexuality in seminaries.

When you are used to the accepted homosexual frisson in seminaries, its a bit of a shock finding yourself away from it in many parishes and presbyteries.

There are quite a number of young priests leaving soon after ordination.

Alongside that and with the orgiastic lifestyle in seminariesIthink it is a strong sign that the current methods of formation are not working.

If you have a screwed up formation, being run by screwed up formators you will get screwed up ordinands and young priests.

I’m so grateful to have lasted 45 years in the priesthood to date.

And I’m hoping to be able to finish the race.

BISHOP OF BLING BACK IN FAVOUR