Fr Kieron O’Brien has been leading the parish since 2013. He is also Episcopal Vicar for Sussex.
Fr Peter Fitch is Assistant Priest, serving across the parish and especially the hospital chaplaincy and schools.
The Parish Mission Council is a group of parishioners who meet approximately once every 2 months with Fr Kieron and Fr Peter to bring about the vision of a Missionary Parish as promoted by Pope Francis and encouraged by Bishop Richard. The Council aims to establish priorities and marshal resources to ensure that everything we do is measured against our primary task of proclaiming the Good News.
The current team includes Nick Wells (chair), Helen Wells (Alpha), Jo Gilbert (Wellspring, Mission/Outreach, Comms), Linda Evans (Safeguarding), Celia Webster (Visiting), Tad Matus (Finance and Comms), Fran Carbone (Students/Young Adults), George Vas (Prayer/Liturgy), Barbara van der Zee (Prayer/Liturgy), Mike Lloyd (NighetShelter), Cyril Dike (Prayer/Liturgy), Mary Ann Enriquez (Cardinal Newman School Chaplaincy, Overflow/Children), Brian and Hazel Young (Prayer/Liturgy), Mattie Bagley (Comms/Web Design), Dominique Rouse (Legion of Mary), Roger Paine (Alpha), Kathy Baughan, Gerald Grace.
A more regular ‘leadership team’ meets to ensure clear strategic planning within the parish, to bring about the vision.:
Nick & Helen Wells – long standing parishioners, and leaders of the Formation Team.
Jo Gilbert – leader of The Wellspring Community, and the Mission-Outreach Team.
The members are appointed by the parish priests to work closely with them.
More focused Teams work to bring the vision to action. Currently, there are three teams to focus on the three priorities identified by Bishop Richard:
- Prayer & Liturgy
- Mission Outreach
Each team is formed of members of the Mission Council with other parishioners chosen for their expertise.
YOUNG ADULTS / STUDENTS
The Wellspring Community provides a full programme for students and young adults. Marina is the main point of contact. For more information see the Students & Young adults page.
RESOURCES AND FINANCE
The resources and finance team looks after the health of the finances and buildings across the parish. We meet approximately monthly. If you would like to know more, or have a concern to raise, please contact one of the team members: Canon Kieron, Tad Matus (chair), Fran Anderson, Bill Gillam, Bernard Polden, Colin Vincent or Nick Wells – or the parish administrator AnnMarie Klein.
We have 3 aims;
To maintain the finances and buildings in good health, and to plan for their future
To ensure comfortable, safe and effective provision for both staff and parishioners
To identify resources to invest in the mission of the parish
The exterior of St Joseph’s was totally renovated 12 years ago. We recently completed full interior renovation, and are now about to start the next project – a glass screen across the back of the church to provide a separate meeting and mingling area, which will also improve energy efficiency.
Only 50% of the funds the parish needs for its work comes from parishioners as offertory or other giving. For the rest we are particularly dependent of rents and hall lettings (37%) and on targeted fundraising for any project we take forward.
PARISH OFFICE TEAM
The Parish Office is open on Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Friday’s from 9:00am – 1:00pm. You can call the office on 01273 087839 or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
PARISH ADMINISTRATOR ADMIN ASSISTANT
AnnMarie Klein Maryanne Fenwick