‘Great Joy’ For Father Richard
Father Richard Marsden, a Valladolid student from 2010-2011, was ordained for the Diocese of Middlesbrough on Saturday July 21. Here he tells us about his experience…
It was a great joy to be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood at St Mary’s Cathedral, Middlesbrough, on Saturday, 21st July, supported by the presence and prayers of so many priests, religious, and lay people.
Among the concelebrants was Canon Paul Farrer, who was the vocations director for the diocese before his appointment to Valladolid. It was also great to have Father Tony Joyce at the ordination, who was one of the spiritual directors in Valladolid when I was a student.
In his homily, Bishop Terry Drainey spoke about the mission of the priest, saying: “You are to proclaim the Lord’s truth and love. And you will do all this because you have been anointed by the mighty Spirit of the Lord. Like Mary, the Holy Spirit will come upon you and you will bring forth in your life and preaching the Living and Incarnate Word of God.”
The next day, it was moving to preside at Mass for the first time at my home parish of St Francis of Assisi in east Hull.
Among the concelebrants was Father Chris Willis, my spiritual director in Valladolid and for a number of years at the VEC.
Father Phillip Cunnah, a great friend from my school year in Hull and a former Vallisoletan, preached beautifully about the image of the Good Shepherd as the model for priesthood and encouraged me to grow in the love of the Mass.
I have been appointed to the Cathedral parish in Middlesbrough, which will now take care also of the parishes of St Francis and St Clare in the town.