CHAPLAIN: Father Richard Seabrook SSC I was born in Essex and first felt a calling to be a priest when I was fifteen. After a short career in the City, I worked for the Missions to Seafarers in France and Australia from 1987–1989. I trained for the Sacred Priesthood at Chichester Theological College from 1989–1992 and in my final year was one of two seminarians from England at the World Council of Churches Institut Oecuménique, Switzerland. Ordained Deacon in 1992 and Priest a year later, I served two curacies in Cottingham and Hawley from 1992–1998. I became the Vicar of Hockley in 1998 and was a Proctor in Convocation on the General Synod of the Church of England. During this time, I did freelance work for BBC Radio 2 and 5 Live, including Pause for Thought. In 2005 I was invited to become the Rector of Benalla in the Diocese of Wangaratta, Australia and in 2009 became Vicar-General and Archdeacon of The Murray. For four years I was Administrator of the Diocese. I was a member of the General Synod in Australia. Since November 2015, I have been the Chaplain of Ss Peter and Paul, Torrevieja where I have oversight of our three churches within the one Chaplaincy and lead the Ministry Team. I enjoy travel, the arts, musical theatre and Spanish/Latino cultures.
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The Revd Canon Terence Sampson Educated at a Cumbrian Grammar school, I later trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Workington. Accepted for training as a Priest in the Church of England in 1964 I was ordained Deacon in 1967 and a Priest in 1968. After serving a five year Curacy in Penrith I was appointed to the parish of St Barnabas Carlisle in 1972. In addition to my parish work I have always been interested in all aspects of Ministry and have served both as a Chaplain to the Cumberland Infirmary, and later Honorary Canon of Carlisle Cathedral and as a member of the Bishop’s Council and Rural Dean of Solway. With retirement came the opportunity for adventures and in 2002 my late wife Margaret and myself ventured widely in our motorhome eventually arriving at camping Florantilles where we stayed for 5 years before we bought an apartment in San Miguel in 2007. I became involved in the Chaplaincy as an Honorary Assistant Priest.
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The Revd Canon Robert Donkin: I was called to the Priesthood at 16 and was guided towards Ordination by local priests. After school I worked in the Briton Ferry Steel Works in South Wales, part of the Dupont Group. I was a Metallurgical Inspector and although very young had a considerable number of steel workers in my charge. We ensured the quality of the steel produced. I studied at St. John’s College, mid Wales and then St. Michael’s College Llandaff, Cardiff. I was ordained in 1974 at 23 years, the youngest you can be, according to Canon law. I have served in many parishes in South Wales, before becoming a Canon of Llandaff Cathedral in 2005 serving on the Cathedral Chapter for 9 years. I have been ordained for 42 years. I have been an honorary priest in our Chaplaincy since retirement in September 2014. I enjoy, cooking, reading, gardening, languages, all types of music.
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The Very Rev Maurice Sirr: After completing my degree in Hebrew and Oriental Languages and my theological training at Trinity College, Dublin I served two curacies in Belfast after ordination in 1965. I was appointed rector of Drumcliffe, a rural parish in County Sligo, in 1969. The parish was famous because the Irish poet, W.B. Yeats, was interred in the Churchyard. During my time there I was also the Diocesan Secretary for the Diocese and a member of the General Synod. Later, I was elected a member of the Standing Committee – the executive of the General Synod. I was appointed Dean of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick and also Rector of Limerick City parish in 1987. My first task was to initiate a major restoration project to preserve the fabric of the building. My wife and I spent twenty four very happy years there before our decision to retire in 2011. I have been an honoury assistant priest in Spain since retirement, dividing my time between Spain and Ireland.
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Father Helge Pettersson: Born in Norway, I was raised in a Christian business family, but instead of going into the family textile business, I ended up studying Theology at University for 8 years. I was ordained a priest in Molde Cathedral by the bishop of Nidaros in 1971. I have served with the Church of Norway abroad and Norwegian Seamen’s Mission all my life and been Senior Chaplain in Brazil, USA, Belgium/ Luxembourg and Northern France, UK, Persian Gulf and Spain until my retirement four years ago. When in London I was also Chaplain to the Norwegian NATO in the UK, diplomat at the Norwegian Embassy as Embassy Chaplain, Honorary Chaplain in Southwark Cathedral and Assistant Area Dean of Bermondsey. For five years before I went to London I was the Executive Administrator and Vice-Secretary General for the Seamen’s Mission CofN abroad in Norway. In November 1996 Archbishop Carey gave me permission to officiate in the CofE and later I was fully licensed as a priest in the C of E. When I moved to Spain I got PTO from the bishop in Europe. I am married with two daughters and six grandchildren. My interests are my family, ecumenical work and my dog.
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