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 ourselves wholly to the Church’s Mission, keep ourselves free from the attachments of marriage and the family. We endeavour to strengthen and encourage each other by mutual prayer and fellowship. 
We share the vision of St Vincent de Paul for the formation of the clergy and the care of the poor. We live in a manner prescribed by our Constitution and have 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

07817 360043

Warden’s address: Company of Mission Priests, Fr Tim Pike (Warden), 39 Oakfield Road, Croydon, CR0 2UX

Community information

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

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 Timothy Pike CMP, Assumed office 2021

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


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

Postulants: 3 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