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.
Warden’s address: Company of Mission Priests, Fr Beresford Skelton (Warden), St Mary Magdalene’s, 21, Wilson Street, Millfield, Sunderland, SR4 6HJ Tyne & Wear
Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester
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.
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)
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