Introduction to the community
The Company of Mission Priests is 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 Saint 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 a clergy house. Although this is rarely possible nowadays, because of the shortage of priests, 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 the Regional Chapters more frequently.
We were among the founding members, in AD 2000, of the Vincentians in Partnership, which works ‘in accordance with the principles established by St Vincent de Paul, to support and empower those who are poor, oppressed, or excluded.
We were represented by Fr Beresford Skelton at the meeting of Vincentian Leaders in Rome (7-12 Jan 2020) to mark 400 years of S Vincent’s Charism in the Church.
Warden’s address: St Mary Magdalene’s Vicarage, Wilson Street, Sunderland, SR4 6HJ
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
Peter Brown Allan Buik
Andrew Collins Jones
James Hill Ben Kerridge
Philip North Simon Oakes
Kevin Palmer Alan Paterson Tim Pike
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