Our Parish Priest, Fr Mark Moran, was born and raised in the North West of England and worked as a baker, a chef and then a school bursar before going off to seminary.
He came to the diocese in September 2002, having completed 4 years of seminary training in Valladolid and Rome. To get orientated within the diocese he completed his first year at Sacred Hearts, in Charlton Kings and gave administrative support to the Diocesan Safeguarding Office in Alexander House, Bristol. At the end of this year he completed his seminary formation by completing a Mission Theology Degree in London
He was ordained to the priesthood at Clifton Cathedral in July 2005 and was appointed to Holy Rood in Swindon.
After only serving a year as an assistant priest he was appointed parish priest at St Thomas More in Cheltenham, between September 2006 to 2008
In September 2008 he became the parish priest of Christ the King, Amesbury. During his nine years at Christ the King, he carried out major refurbishment of the church, house and site. In addition to the usual parish pastoral work Fr Mark has been a school chaplain, a school governor (including being Vice Chair and Chair), the treasurer of the National Conference of Priests of England and Wales and a chaplain for Fanning the Flame
He has a very down to earth approach and is happy to call ‘a spade a spade’. He is passionate about prayer, spending time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, as well as helping people encounter God by living out his faith as part of the community he is called to serve.
On 27th May 2017, Bishop Declan, asked Father Mark to take up a new position as parish priest at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. He took over as our parish priest on the 8th September 2017.
Please feel free to catch him after mass and say “hi” or if you would like an appointment, please contact the Parish Office.