Company of Mission Priests (CMP)

Introduction to the community

We are a dispersed community of male priests of the Anglican Communion who, wishing to consecrate themselves wholly to the Church’s Mission, keep themselves free from the attachments of marriage and the family, and endeavour to strengthen and encourage each other by mutual prayer and fellowship, sharing the vision of St Vincent de Paul of a priesthood dedicated to service, and living in a manner prescribed by our Constitution, and with a Vincentian Rule of Life. For many years the Company, although serving also in Guyana and Madagascar, was best known for its work in staffing ‘needy’ parishes in England with two, three or more priests who lived together in clergy houses. We encourage our members who work in proximity to meet as often as practicable in order to maintain some elements of common life. The whole company meets in General Chapter once a year, and in the Regional Chapters more frequently.

We were among the founding members of the Vincentians in Partnership in 2000, which works in accordance with the principles established by St Vincent de Paul to support and empower those who are poor, oppressed or excluded; now known as FamVin GB.

Contact details

Telephone:
0191 565 6318

Warden’s address: Company of Mission Priests, Fr Beresford Skelton (Warden), St Mary Magdalene’s, 21, Wilson Street, Millfield, Sunderland, SR4 6HJ Tyne & Wear

Community information

Date of foundation:
1940
Registered Charity number:
No. 1131655 (England and Wales) SC047163 (Scotland) Company No. 6985330

Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester

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Publications

Derek Goodrich, Old-Style Missionary, Taverner Publications
(on the work of the late Canon John Dorman CMP, OBE, in Guyana)

Canon Michael Shields CMP, A Brief History of The Company of Mission Priests

Fr John Cuthbert CMP, Vincentian Spirituality through the Centuries

Third Order, Fellowship, Associates

Laymen closely associated with the Company in life and work may be admitted as Associates of the Company.

Leadership

Warden: Father Beresford Skelton CMP
Assumed office 2012

Subwardens of the Company:
Fr Andrew Collins Jones (North)
Fr Mark McIntyre (Midlands)
Fr James Hill (South)

Membership

Alan Watson
Peter Brown
Michael Gobbett
Ian Rutherford
Tim Pike
Philip North
Robert Martin
Michael Bailey
Benjamin Eadon
Adrian Ling
Simon Oakes
Simon Sayer
Alan Paterson
Ben Kerridge
Phillip Kennedy
Graeme Rowlands

Novices: 2 Probationers
Postulants: 2 Aspirants
Members who have died since the last Yearbook:

22 May 2018 – Michael Whitehead, aged 84, in community 59 years
1 Dec 2018 – Anthony Hugh Yates, aged 78, in community 49 years
16 Dec 2018 – Michael Shields, aged 88, in community 39 years
22 Mar 2020 Allan Buik, aged 80, in community 51 years

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